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Here's a list of Microsoft's documented keyboard shortcuts.
General folder / Windows Explorer shortcuts for a selected object:
Keys Action --------- ------------ F2 Rename F3 Find CTRL+X, C, or V Cut, Copy, or Paste SHIFT+DELETE Delete immediately without putting the file in Recycle Bin ALT+ENTER Properties ALT+double-click Properties CTRL+right-click Put alternative verbs on the context menu (Open With) SHIFT+double-click Explore the object if it has an Explore command CTRL+drag a file to a folder Copy a file CTRL+SHIFT+drag a file to the desktop or a folder Create a shortcut CTRL+ESC,ESC,TAB,SHIFT+F10 Open taskbar propertiesGeneral control over folders/Windows Explorer
Keys Action --------- ------------ F4 (Explorer) Displays the combo box F5 Refresh F6 Switches between panes in Windows Explorer CTRL+G (WindowsExplorer) Goto CTRL+Z Undo CTRL+A Select all BACKSPACE Goes to the parent folder SHIFT+<close> Closes this folder and all its parent foldersIn Windows Explorer
Keys Action --------- ------------ Num* Expands everything under selection Num- Expands selection Num+ or Right arrow Collapses selection Right arrow Expands current selection if it's collapsed; otherwise goes to the first child. Left arrow Collapses current selection if it's expanded; otherwise goes to the parentIn Properties
Keys Action --------- ------------ CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Switches between Properties tabsIn Open/Save Common Dialog Boxes
Keys Action --------- ------------ F4 Drop down the location list F5 Refresh the view Backspace Go to parent folder if focus is on view windowGeneral Keyboard-Only Commands
Keys Action --------- ------------ F1 Help F10 Goes to menu mode SHIFT+F10 Context menu for selected item CTRL+ESC Brings up Start menu CTRL+ESC, ESC Focus on the Start button SHIFT+F10 Context menu ALT+TAB Switch to the running program SHIFT while inserting CD Bypasses auto-run Alt+M when focus is on taskbar Minimizes all windowsAccessibility Shortcuts
Keys Action --------- ------------ Tap SHIFT 5 times Toggles StickyKeys on/off Hold down Right SHIFT for 8 seconds Toggles FilterKeys on/off Hold down NumLock for 5 seconds Toggles ToggleKeys on/off Left ALT+LEFT+SHIFT +NumLock Toggles MouseKeys on/off Left ALT+LEFT+SHIFT+PrintScreen Toggles HighContrast on/offMS Natural Keyboard
Keys Action --------- ------------ Win+R Run dialog Win+M Minimize All Shift-Win+M Undo Minimize All Win+F1 Windows Help Win+E Explorer Win+F Find Files or Folders CTRL+Win+F Find Computer Win+Tab Cycle through taskbar buttons Win+Break PSS Hotkey... (System properties)
This was first published in February 2002