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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 95/98

Mouse Click/Keyboard Modifier Combinations for Shell Objects

Shift+Right ClickDisplays a context menu containing alternative verbs
Shift+Double Click        Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
ALT+Double ClickDisplays properties
Shift+DeleteDeletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin

General Keyboard-Only Commands

F1Starts Windows Help
F10Activates menu bar options
SHIFT+F10Opens a context menu for the selected item. This is the same as right-clicking an object
CTRL+ESCOpens the Start menu. Use the ARROW keys to select an item
CTRL+ESC, ESCSelects the Start button. Press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu
ALT+Down ArrowOpens a drop-down list box
ALT+TABSwitch to another running application.
SHIFTPress down and hold the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the auto-run feature
ALT+SPACEDisplays the main window's System menu.
ALT+hyphenDisplays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu.
CTRL+TABSwitch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) application
ALT+(underlined menu letter)        Opens the corresponding menu
ALT+F4Closes the current window
ALT+MClicking on the Taskbar, then pressing ALT+M minimises all open windows
ALT+Down ArrowOpens a drop-down list box
CTRL+F4Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
ALT+F6 Switch between multiple windows in the same program.
Print ScreenPlaces an image of your screen into the Windows clipboard.
ALT + Print ScreenPlaces an image of the current active Window into the Windows clipboard.

Shell Objects and General Folder/Windows Explorer Shortcuts

For a Selected Object

F2Rename object
F3Find: All Files
CTRL+ZUndo the last command
SHIFT+DELDelete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
SHIFT+F10Equivalent of Right-Click with mouse.
ALT+ENTEROpen the property sheet for the selected object.
To Copy a FilePress down and hold the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder
To Create a Shortcut       Press down and hold CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder

General Folder/Shortcut Control

F4If toolbar active selects the Go To A Different Folder box
F5Refreshes the current window
F6Moves among panes in Windows Explorer
CTRL+GOpens the Go To Folder tool (Windows 95 only)
CTRL+ZUndo the last command
CTRL+ASelect all the items in the current window
BACKSPACESwitch to the parent folder
SHIFT+CLICK Close Button        For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders

Windows Explorer Tree Control

Numeric Keypad *         Expands everything under the current selection
Numeric Keypad +Expands the current selection
Numeric Keypad -Collapses the current selection
RIGHT ARROWExpands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child
LEFT ARROWCollapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent

Property Sheet Control

CTRL+TAB/CTRL+SHIFT+TAB        Move through the property tabs.

Accessibility Shortcuts

Tap SHIFT 5 timesToggles StickyKeys on and off
Hold the right SHIFT key for 8 secondsToggles FilterKeys on and off
Hold the NUM LOCK key for 5 seconds        Toggles ToggleKeys on and off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCKToggles MouseKeys on and off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREENToggles High Contrast on and off

Windows Key

WINDOWS+RRun dialog box
WINDOWS+MMinimize All Open Windows
SHIFT+WINDOWS+M          Undo Minimize All
WINDOWS+EWindows Explorer
WINDOWS+FFind Files or Folders
WINDOWS+DMinimises all open windows and displays the desktop
WINDOWS+TABCycle through taskbar buttons
WINDOWS+BREAKSystem Properties dialog box

Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed

WINDOWS+LLog off Windows
WINDOWS+POpens Print Manager
WINDOWS+COpens Control Panel
WINDOWS+VOpens Clipboard
WINDOWS+KOpens Keyboard Properties dialog box
WINDOWS+IOpens Mouse Properties dialog box
WINDOWS+AOpens Accessibility Options(if installed)
WINDOWS+SPACEBAR        Displays the list of IntelliType Hotkeys
WINDOWS+SToggles the CAP LOCK key on and off

Dialog Box Keyboard Commands

TABMove to the next control in the dialog box
SHIFT+TABMove to the previous control in the dialog box
SPACEBARDepending on current selected control either toggles check box, clicks button, or selects option button.
ENTEREquivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
ESCEquivalent to clicking the Cancel button
ALT+(underlined letter)         Move to the corresponding item


When rebooting your computer (by selecting appropriate commands from Start menu) you can hold the Shift key. In this case only Windows will reboot, not the computer itself.

If you hold the Ctrl button pressed while Windows loading, then programs from the AutoRun group will not run automatically.

When you work with Notepad pressing F5 will insert the current date and time right next to your cursor.