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Windows Shortcuts

  • Shift + F10 right-clicks.

  • Win + L (XP Only): Locks keyboard. Similar to Lock Workstation.

  • Win + F or F3: Open Find dialog. (All Files) F3 may not work in some applications which use F3 for their own find dialogs.

  • Win + Control + F: Open Find dialog. (Computers)

  • Win + U: Open Utility Manager.

  • Win + F1: Open Windows help.

  • Win + Pause: Open System Properties dialog.

  • Win + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons. Enter clicks, AppsKey or Shift + F10 right-clicks.

  • Win + Shift + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons in reverse.

  • Alt + Tab: Display Cool Switch. More commonly known as the AltTab dialog.

  • Alt + Shift + Tab: Display Cool Switch; go in reverse.

  • Alt + Escape: Send active window to the bottom of the z-order.

  • Alt + Shift + Escape: Activate the window at the bottom of the z-order.

  • Alt + F4: Close active window; or, if all windows are closed, open shutdown dialog.

  • Shift while a CD is loading: Bypass AutoPlay.

  • Shift while login: Bypass startup folder. Only those applications will be ignored which are in the startup folder, not those started from the registry (Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\)

  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete or Ctrl + Alt + NumpadDel (Both NumLock states): Invoke the Task Manager or NT Security dialog.

  • Ctrl + Shift + Escape (2000/XP ) or (Ctrl + Alt + NumpadDot) : Invoke the task manager. On earlier OSes, acts like Ctrl + Escape.

  • Print screen: Copy screenshot of current screen to clipboard.

  • Alt + Print screen: Copy screenshot of current active window to clipboard.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow: Invert screen. Untested on OS’s other than XP.

  • Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow: Undo inversion.

  • Win + B : Move focus to systray icons.


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