Windows Shortcuts

Too many windows open, and the thing you want is on the Desktop. No problem, just use the ‘Minimize All button…’ Oh no, the button is not there! What to do?!


Right-click on an empty section of Toolbar. Move mouse over to Toolbars. Select Quick Launch and left-click. Ta-daaah!






Or actually, you could have just pressed ‘Windows Logo+M’ to minimize all. Here’s a list of useful shortcuts I often use or might be helpful. The full list is at the site below.;en-us;q126449


Learn them. Love them. Use them. Dump them when you fall in love with Macintosh (I had a brief affair with Mac, and didn’t like it). MS Word refers to Microsoft Word. IE refers to Internet Explorer.

F Series 

• F1: Starts Windows Help (I hate pressing this by mistake)

• F2: Rename object (select the file and press F2, same as clicking the name once)

• F3: Find (unlike CTRL+F, does not work for finding text)

• F5: Refreshes the current window (or Refresh Page in Internet Explorer)

• F10: Activates menu bar options (moves you to the Menu Bar at top of folder)

CTRL Series 

(These work for Windows, many programs such as MS Word and IE text. People often don’t know they exist, from what I see.)

• CTRL+C: Copy

• CTRL+X: Cut

• CTRL+V: Paste


• CTRL+Z: Undo the last command

• CTRL+Y: Redo (undo the undo)

• CTRL+A: Select all the items in the area (icons, text, images etc.)


• CTRL+P: Print (opens printing options)

• CTRL+B: Bold (MS Word)

• CTRL+U: Underline (MS Word)

• CTRL+I: Italic (MS Word)


• CTRL+S: Save (mostly MS Word and other document & image programs)

• CTRL+F: Find (documents with text such as MS Word, Adobe Reader or Internet Explorer will search for text, in a Folder Window will activate Search)


• CTRL+N: Open new (new document for MS word, new window for IE, etc)

• CTRL+H: Opens the History in Internet Explorer (lists pages you’ve visited for quick returning)

• CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use Arrow keys to move around)

ALT Series 

• ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to choose which program if there are many)

• ALT+F4: Quit program

• ALT+underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu

• ALT+double click a File or Folder: Displays properties (such as size)

SHIFT Series 

• SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently (VERY DANGEROUS! Don’t accidentally use this on an important file! It will not be in recycle Bin! Kean and I both know the AIYAK! ADUUI… of it.)

• SHIFT+F10: Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object)

• SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature)


• TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box (useful for typing in User Name then quickly switching to Password for e-mail)


• SHIFT+TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box (if you start at password)

• BACKSPACE: One folder up (or Back in Internet Explorer. Use this more lah.)

• ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button

• ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button


• SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.

• Page Up, Page Down, Home, End: These buttons let you scroll through documents or Internet Explorer in leaps. Try them.

• Right-click a File or Folder, then R: Displays properties (such as size)

Windows Logo Series 

• Windows Logo: Start menu

• Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box

• Windows Logo+M: Minimize all

• SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all

• Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders


• Windows Logo, then U: Go to turn off computer option

• Windows Logo, then U, then S: Standby via turn off computer option

• Windows Logo, then U, then R: Restart via turn off computer option


• Windows Logo, then U, then U: Shut down via turn off computer option (my usual method off switching off. Just press Windows-U-U quickly and it’s done!)

To show file extensions 

Open a Folder. At the Menu Bar (top of Folder), choose Tools > Folder Options > View > Hide extensions for know file types 

For that last one, your computer may not show the file extensions (such as .doc or .jpg). If you prefer them to be displayed, just follow the link below. Helpful for quickly changing file types for closely related files, such as changing .txt into .doc, or .bmp into .jpg, without resorting to programs. But remember to retype the extension if you rename the file-name!


Pictorial guide to doing the above is at


And as a final note…


If a woman curses at a woman, they quarrel.

If a man curses at a man, they laugh.

If a man curses at a woman, it’s a lawsuit.

If a woman curses t a man, she must be interested in him.


And if anyone curses at a computer, you get improved performance.

4 Responses to “Windows Shortcuts”

  1. CD Replication Man Says:

    Thanks for the useful info, and I love the quote:

    If a woman curses at a woman, they quarrel.

    If a man curses at a man, they laugh.

    If a man curses at a woman, it’s a lawsuit.

    If a woman curses t a man, she must be interested in him.

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