Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcut Keys

It feels nice to know that a user-friendly operating system becomes even friendlier with keyboard shortcut keys which Microsoft released to make our computing life easier with Windows 7.

Windows 7 General Keyboard Shortcuts:
  • F1 = Display Help
  • Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert) = Copy the selected item
  • Ctrl+X = Cut the selected item
  • Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert) = Paste the selected item
  • Ctrl+Z = Undo an action
  • Ctrl+Y = Redo an action
  • Delete (or Ctrl+D) = Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
  • Shift+Delete = Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
  • F2 = Rename the selected item
  • Ctrl+Right Arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
  • Ctrl+Left Arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
  • Ctrl+Down Arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
  • Ctrl+Up Arrow = Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
  • Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key = Select a block of text
  • Shift with any arrow key = Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
  • Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar = Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
  • Ctrl+A = Select all items in a document or window
  • F3 = Search for a file or folder
  • Alt+Enter = Display properties for the selected item
  • Alt+F4 = Close the active item, or exit the active program
  • Alt+Spacebar = Open the shortcut menu for the active window
  • Ctrl+F4 = Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
  • Alt+Tab = Switch between open items
  • Ctrl+Alt+Tab = Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
  • Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel = Change the size of icons on the desktop
  • Windows logo key+Tab = Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
  • Ctrl+Windows logo key+Tab = Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
  • Alt+Esc = Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
  • F6 = Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
  • F4 = Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
  • Shift+F10 = Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
  • Ctrl+Esc = Open the Start menu
  • Alt+underlined letter = Display the corresponding menu
  • Alt+underlined letter = Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
  • F10 = Activate the menu bar in the active program
  • 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
  • F5 (or Ctrl+R) = Refresh the active window
  • Alt+Up Arrow = View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
  • Esc = Cancel the current task
  • Ctrl+Shift+Esc = Open Task Manager
  • Shift when you insert a CD = Prevent the CD from automatically playing
  • Left Alt+Shift = Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
  • Ctrl+Shift = Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
  • Right or Left Ctrl+Shift = Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages
What I like most is the Windows logo key+Tab keyboard shortcut. The combination opens Aero Flip 3-D that looks like the image below.

Aero Flip 3D
More Windows 7 keyboard shortcut keys can be found on this site.