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33 of the best Windows keyboard shortcuts you may not be using

22nd June 2016

KeyboardEveryone loves a shortcut, don't they?

Windows has hundreds, if not thousands of shortcuts that you can use to make navigating the operating system quicker and easier, but a lot of them go unnoticed to the regular user.

Here are some of our favourite shortcuts for when you're navigating around Windows and WIndows Explorer.

Shortcut What it does
F1 Display Help
Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert Copy the selected item
Ctrl+X Cut the selected item
Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert Paste the selected item
Ctrl+Z Undo an action
Ctrl+Y Redo an action
Delete or Ctrl+D Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift+Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
F2 Rename the selected item
Ctrl+Right Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl+Left Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl+Down Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl+Up Arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text
Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
Ctrl+A Select all items in a document or window
F3 Search for a file or folder
Alt+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active program
Alt+Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Ctrl+F4 Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
Alt+Tab Switch between open items
Ctrl+Alt+Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key +Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Shift+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Ctrl+Esc or the Windows logo key Open the Start menu
Right Arrow Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
Left Arrow Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 or Ctrl+R Refresh the active window
Alt+Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
Esc Cancel the current task
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Task Manager

We'd love to know - what are your favourite shortcuts when using your computer or browsing the net?