The List of Windows XP Basic Shortcut Keys

The List of Windows XP Shortcut Keys and their Functionality Description

In Computing, keyboard shortcut is a sequence or combination of keystrokes on a computer keyboard which invokes commands in software. Keyboard shortcuts are a common aspect of most modern operating systems and associated software applications. Keyboard shortcuts are typically an alternate means for invoking one or more commands that would otherwise be accessible only through a menu, a pointing device, different levels of a user interface, or via a command console.
The below table is for quick reference for common Windows XP tasks. The table contains the Windows XP Keyboard shortcut keys and their functionality in Windows XP Operating System
Windows XP Shortcut Keys and their Functionality
Windows Shortcut Key Shortcut Key Description
Windows Key+B Set focus on a notification.
ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item.
ALT+Enter Displays the properties of the selected object.
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened.
ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program.
ALT+SPACEBAR Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.
ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window.
ALT+TAB Switch between open items.
ALT+Underlined letter Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option in a dialog box.
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name Display the corresponding menu.
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons in a dialog box.
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
BACKSPACE Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box in a dialog box.
CTRL while dragging an item Copy selected item.
CTRL+A Select all.
CTRL+C Copy.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu.
CTRL+F4 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.
CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item Create shortcut to selected item.
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Highlight a block of text.
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through tabs in a dialog box.
CTRL+TAB Move forward through tabs in a dialog box.
CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
CTRL+V Paste.
CTRL+Windows Key+F Search for computers.
CTRL+X Cut.
CTRL+Z Undo.
DELETE Delete.
END Display the bottom of the active window.
ENTER Carry out the command for the active option or button in a dialog box.
ESC Cancel the current task.
F1 Display Help in a dialog box.
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program.
F2 Rename selected item.
F3 Search for a file or folder.
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
F4 Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.
F5 Refresh the active window.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK Switch MouseKeys on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN Switch High Contrast on and off.
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
F4 Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.
F5 Refresh the active window.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK Switch MouseKeys on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN Switch High Contrast on and off.
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
F4 Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.
F5 Refresh the active window.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK Switch MouseKeys on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN Switch High Contrast on and off.
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
Menu key Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
NUM LOCK for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.
RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
RIGHT ARROW Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.
Right SHIFT for eight seconds Switch FilterKeys on and off.
F4 Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.
F5 Refresh the active window.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK Switch MouseKeys on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN Switch High Contrast on and off.
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
Menu key Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
NUM LOCK for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.
RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
RIGHT ARROW Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.
Right SHIFT for eight seconds Switch FilterKeys on and off.
SHIFT five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.
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+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.
SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
SHIFT+TAB Move backward through options in a dialog box.
SPACEBAR Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box in a dialog box.
TAB Move forward through options in a dialog box.
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu Carry out the corresponding command.
Windows Key Display or hide the Start menu.
Windows Key+ L Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.
Windows Key+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows Key+D Show the desktop.
Windows Key+E Open My Computer.
Windows Key+F Search for a file or folder.
Windows Key+F1 Display Windows Help.
Windows Key+M Minimize all windows.
Windows Key+R Open the Run dialog box.
Windows Key+Shift+M Restores minimized windows.
Windows Key+U Opens Utility Manager.


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