Useful Windows Shortcuts

This tutorial lists a few useful windows shortcuts for advanced users and beginners. Keyboard shortcuts can save time, in addition they are useful if you need to work on a computer which doesn’t have a mouse.


ctrl + shift esc
  • Brings up task manager.


alt + tab
  • Toggles between open windows.


alt f4
  • Closes open window.


windows-Key+ R
  • Opens run command.


alt + print-screen
  • Takes a print screen of active window only.


windows-Key + E
  • Opens a new explorer window.


windows-Key + D
  • Minimizes all open windows and shows the desktop, press again to bring them back up.


windows-Key + B
  • Navigate the taskbar with the keyboard.


ctrl + Left Click
  • In your Internet browser this short cut will open a link in a new tab.


  • Holding shift when you put a CD or DVD into your computer will stop it running automatically.


ctrl + esc
  • Opens the start menu, this is useful if your keyboard does not have a Windows key.


alt + spacebar
  • Displays the currently opened window’s System menu (System menu contains options to move, re-size, minimize, maximize, or close the window).


  • This will refresh the currently open window. This also works in browsers to refresh a web page.


  • This will lock your computer, useful for if you have to leave your computer unattended in a hurry.

ctrl + C

  • This shortcut copies whatever is selected, for example; if you highlighted some text and then used this shortcut you would be able to paste it later.


ctrl + V

  • This shortcut pastes whatever you have copied. For example; if you have copied some text you can paste it using this shortcut into a word editing program or internet search box.


Shortcuts for Windows Explorer

Windows explorer is where you view and manage your files, an example of windows explorer would be your My Documents folder or your C: Drive.


  • This is the shortcut to rename a file.


shift+ Right Click
  • Displays the right click context menu but containing alternative commands. One of the useful alternative commands is copy file path.


ctrl + Double Click

  • Using double click on any folder with Ctrl key pressed will open that folder in a new explorer window.


ctrl + shift

  • To create a shortcut to a file or folder, hold down Ctrl+Shift and drag it to desktop or another folder.