Windows 2008 Keyboard Shortcuts

Common
Keyboard Shortcuts
Shortcut Keys Function

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Display or hide the Start menu.

+BREAK

Display the System Properties
dialog box.

+ D

Minimizes all
Windows and shows the Desktop

+E

Open Windows
Explorer

+F

Search for a file or folder.

+F +CTRL

Search for computers.

+F1

Display Windows 2000 Help.



+
L
Locks
the desktop

+M

Minimize or restore all windows.

+R

Open the Run dialog box.

+TAB

Switch between open items.

+U

Open Utility Manager

ALT+
(ALT+hyphen)

Displays the
Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window’s System
menu.

ALT+ENTER

View properties for the selected item.

ALT+ESC

Cycle through items in the order they were
opened.

ALT+F4

Close the active item, or quit the active
program.

ALT+SPACEBAR

Display the System menu for the active
window.

ALT+TAB

Switch between open items.

ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name

Display the corresponding menu.

BACKSPACE

View the folder one level up in My
Computer or Windows Explorer.

CTRL+A

Select all.

CTRL+ B

Bold

CTRL+C

Copy.

CTRL+ I

Italics

CTRL+O

Open an item.

CTRL+ U

Underline

CTRL+V

Paste.

CTRL+X

Cut.

CTRL+Z

Undo.

CTRL+F4

Close the active document in programs that
allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.

CTRL while dragging an item

Copy selected item.

CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item

Create shortcut to selected item.

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning
of the next word.

CTRL+LEFT ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning
of the previous word.

CTRL+DOWN ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning
of the next paragraph.

CTRL+UP ARROW

Move the insertion point to the beginning
of the previous paragraph.

CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys

Highlight a block of text.

DELETE

Delete.

SHIFT+DELETE

Delete selected item permanently without
placing the item in the Recycle Bin.

ESC

Cancel the current task.

F 1

Displays
Help

F2

Rename selected item.

F3

Search for a file or folder.

F4

Display the Address bar list in My
Computer or Windows Explorer.

F5

Refresh the active window.

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window
or on the desktop.

F10

Activate the menu bar in the active
program.

SHIFT+F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected
item.

CTRL+ESC

Display the Start menu.

SHIFT+CTRL+ESC Launches
Task Manager

Underlined letter in a command name on an
open menu

Carry out the corresponding command.

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.

SHIFT with any of the arrow keys

Select more than one item in a window or
on the desktop, or select text within a document.

SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM
drive

Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

 

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts
ShortcutKeys Function

CTRL+TAB

Move forward through tabs.

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Move backward through tabs.

TAB

Move forward through options.

SHIFT+TAB

Move backward through options.

ALT+Underlined letter

Carry out the corresponding command or
select the corresponding option.

ENTER

Carry out the command for the active
option or button.

SPACEBAR

Select or clear the check box if the
active option is a check box.

Arrow keys

Select a button if the active option is a
group of option buttons.

F1

Display Help.

F4

Display the items in the active list.

BACKSPACE

Open a folder one level up if a folder is
selected in the Save As or Open dialog box.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
ShortcutKeys Function
CTRL+PLUS
on numeric keypad (+)
Automatically
resize the columns in the right hand pane

END

Display the bottom of the active window.

HOME

Display the top of the active window.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK
on numeric keypad (*)

Display all subfolders under the selected
folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN
on numeric keypad (+)

Display the contents of the selected
folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN
on numeric keypad (-)

Collapse the selected folder.

LEFT ARROW

Collapse current selection if it’s
expanded, or select parent folder.

RIGHT ARROW

Display current selection if it’s
collapsed, or select first subfolder.

Natural Keyboard shortcuts

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts with a Microsoft
Natural Keyboard or any other compatible keyboard that includes
the Windows logo key () and the Application key
ShortcutKeys Function

Display or hide the Start menu.

+BREAK

Display the System Properties
dialog box.

+D

Minimizes all
Windows and shows the Desktop

+M

Minimize or restore all windows.

+E

Open My Computer.

+F

Search for a file or folder.

CTRL+ +F

Search for computers.

+F1

Display Windows 2000 Help.



+
L
Locks
the desktop

+R

Open the Run dialog box.

+TAB

Switch between open items.

Display the shortcut menu for the selected
item.

+U

Open Utility Manager

Accessibility Options keyboard shortcuts
ShortcutKeys Function

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

Switch FilterKeys on and off

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

Switch High Contrast on and off

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK

Switch MouseKeys on and off

SHIFT five times

Switch StickyKeys on and off

NUM LOCK for five seconds

Switch ToggleKeys on and off

 +U

Open Utility Manager

Help Viewer keyboard shortcuts
If your mouse is unavailable or if you prefer
using your keyboard, you can use the following keyboard commands
to navigate within the Help Viewer. To expand the headings below using the keyboard,
press F6 to switch from the Help navigation pane to the topic
pane. Press TAB to select the desired keyboard shortcut heading,
and then press ENTER to expand the listing.

 

ShortcutKeys Function

ALT+SPACEBAR

Display the system menu.

SHIFT+F10

Display the Help Viewer shortcut menu.

ALT+TAB

Switch between the Help Viewer and other
open windows.

ALT+O

Display the Options menu.

ALT+O, and then press T

Hide or show the navigation pane.

CTRL+TAB

Switch to the next tab in the navigation
pane.

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Switch to the previous tab in the
navigation pane.

UP ARROW

Move up one topic in the table of
contents, index, or search results list.

DOWN ARROW

Move down one topic in the table of
contents, index, or search results list.

PAGE UP

Move up one page in the table of contents,
index, or search results list.

PAGE DOWN

Move down one page in the table of
contents, index, or search results list.

F6

Switch focus between the navigation pane
and the topic pane.

ALT+O, and then press R

Refresh the topic that appears in the
topic pane.

UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW

Scroll through a topic.

CTRL+HOME

Move to the beginning of a topic.

CTRL+END

Move to the end of a topic.

CTRL+A

Highlight all text in the topic pane.

ALT+O, and then press P

Print a topic.

ALT+O, and then press B

Move back to the previously viewed topic.

ALT+O, and then press F

Move forward to the next (previously
viewed) topic.

ALT+F4

Close the Help Viewer.

Contents tab keyboard shortcuts
ShortcutKeys Function

ALT+C

Display the Contents tab.

RIGHT ARROW

Open a book.

LEFT ARROW

Close a book.

BACKSPACE

Return to the previous open book.

UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW

Select a topic.

ENTER

Display the selected topic.

Index tab keyboard shortcuts
ShortcutKeys Function

ALT+N

Display the Index tab.

UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW

Select a keyword in the list.

ALT+D or ENTER

Display the associated topic.

Search tab keyboard shortcuts
ShortcutKeys Function

ALT+S

Display the Search tab.

ALT+L

Start a search.

ALT+D or ENTER

Display the selected topic.

Favorites tab keyboard shortcuts
ShortcutKeys Function

ALT+I

Display the Favorites tab.

ALT+A

Add a topic to the Topics list.

ALT+P

Select a topic in the Topics list.

ALT+R

Remove a topic from the Topics
list.

ALT+D

Display a topic from the Topics
list.

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