Really Useful Windows Shortcuts

KeyboardOne the of the tips I heard to become a productive developer is to use mouse as few as possible, put the fingers on the keyboard.

Mouse clicking is sort of distraction from we are doing. Combining with any of the launcher tool, such as Slickrun, you will find you can definitely accomplish your work faster, more effectively and a lot fun!

Don’t try to memorize all of them at once. When you feel you need to use mouse, just do some search to see if any shortcut available. Here is the list I am using a lot as a .NET developer (visual studio and Resharper, of course!)

Here are some of the window-based shortcuts I collected and use very often. Hope it will help.

Visual Studio Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Keys Description
Ctrl + X Cut the current selected item to clipboard
Ctrl + C Copies the current selected item to the clipboard
Ctrl + V Pastes the item in the clipboard at the cursor
Ctrl + Z Undo previous editing action
Ctrl + Y Redo the previous undo action
Esc Closes a menu or dialog, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current document window
Ctrl + S Saves the selected files in the current project (usually the file that is being edited)
Ctrl + Shift + S Saves all documents and projects
Shift + F12 Finds a reference to the selected item or the item under the cursor
Ctrl + End Moves the cursor to the end of the document
Ctrl + Home Moves the cursor to the start of the document
Ctrl + G Displays the Go to Line dialog
Ctrl + Right Arrow Moves the cursor one word to the right
Ctrl + Left Arrow Moves the cursor one word to the left
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + C Marks the current line or selected lines of code as a comment
Ctrl + K, Ctrl + U Removes the comment syntax from the current line or currently selected lines of code
Ctl + J Lists members for statement completion when editing code
Ctrl + R, Ctrl + W Shows or hides spaces and tab marks
Shift-Left Arrow Moves the cursor to the left one character, extending the selection
Ctrl + Shift + End Moves the cursor to the end of the document, extending the selection
Ctrl + Shift + Home Moves the cursor to the start of the document, extending the selection
Shift + Down Arrow Moves the cursor down one line, extending the selection
Shift + End Moves the cursor to the end of the current line, extending the selection
Shift + Home Moves the cursor to the start of the line, extending the selection
Shift + Up Arrow Moves the cursor up one line, extending the selection
Shift + Page Down Extends selection down one page
Shift + Page Up Extends selection up one page
Ctrl + A Selects everything in the current document
Ctrl + Shift + Page Down Moves the cursor to the last line in view, extending the selection
Ctrl + Shift + Page Up Moves the cursor to the top of the current window,
Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Right Arrow Moves the cursor to the right one word, extending the column selection
Ctrl + Shift + Left + Arrow Moves the cursor one word to the left, extending the selection
Ctrl + Shift + B Build the solution
Ctrl + Shift + N Display the New Project dialog
Ctrl + O Display open the file dialog
Ctrl + Shift + O Display open project dialog
Shift + Alt + A Display the Add Existing Item dialog
Ctrl + Shift + A Display the Add New Item dialog
Shift + Alt + Enter Toggles full screen mode
Ctrl + Tab Cycles through the MDI child windows one by one
Ctrl + F Display the Find dialog
Ctrl + Shift + F Display the Find in Files dialog
F3 Find Next
Ctrl + H Display the Replace dialog
Ctrl + Shift + H Display the Replace in Files dialog


Basic Windows shortcut keys

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt+F File menu options in current program.
Alt+E Edit options in current program
F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
Ctrl+A Select all text.
Ctrl+X Cut selected item.
Shift+Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl+C Copy selected item.
Ctrl+Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl+V Paste
Shift+Ins Paste
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl+Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl+End Goes to end of document.
Shift+Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift+End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl+Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl+Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.
Alt+Tab Switch between open applications.
Alt+Shift+Tab Switch backwards between open applications.
Alt+double-click Display the properties of the object you double-click on.
Ctrl+Tab Switches between program groups or document windows in applications
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Same as above but backwards.
Alt+Print Screen Create a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
Ctrl+Alt+Del Reboot the computer and/or bring up the Windows task manager.
Ctrl+Esc Bring up the Windows Start menu.
Alt+Esc Switch Between open applications on taskbar.
Alt+F4 Closes Current open program.
Ctrl+F4 Closes Window in Program.
Shift + Del Delete programs/files without throwing them into the recycle bin.
Holding Shift Boot Safe Mode or by pass system files as the computer is booting
Holding Shift When putting in an audio CD, will prevent CD Player from playing.
Ctrl+F9 Minimize current window.
Ctrl+F10 Maximize currently selected window.
Windows Logo Start menu
Windows Logo+R Run dialog box
Windows Logo+M Minimize all
SHIFT+Windows Logo+M Undo minimize all
Windows Logo+F1 Help
Windows Logo+E Windows Explorer
Windows Logo+F Find files or folders
Windows Logo+D Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
CTRL+Windows Logo+F Find computer
CTRL+Windows Logo+TAB Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray
Windows Logo+TAB Cycle through taskbar buttons
Windows Logo+Break System Properties dialog box
Windows Logo+L Log off Windows
Windows Logo+P Starts Print Manager
Windows Logo+C Opens Control Panel
Windows Logo+V Starts Clipboard
Windows Logo+R Open and Run Window


Web Browser common shortcut Keys

Shortcut Key Description
Ctrl + N Open a new window
Ctrl + T Open a new tab
Ctrl + W Close the current window
Ctrl + R Refresh
Esc Stop
Alt + <- Back
Alt + -> Forward
Alt + Home Go to your homepage
Alt + D Move focus to the address bar to type URL
Ctrl + Enter Add “http://www.” and “.com” around an address


Mozilla Firefox shortcut Keys

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + Home Home
Alt + Left Arrow Back a page.
Backspace Back a page.
Alt + Right Arrow Forward a page.
F5 Refresh current page, frame, or tab.
F11 Display the current website in full screen mode. Pressing F11 again will exit this mode.
F3 Find Again
Esc Stop page or download from loading.
Ctrl + (- or +) Increase or decrease the font size, pressing ‘-‘ will decrease and ‘+’ will increase.
Ctrl + Enter Quickly complete an address. For example, type computerhope in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to get http://www.computerhope.com
Shift + Enter Complete a .net instead of a .com address.
Ctrl + Shift + Enter Complete a .org address.
Ctrl + Shift + Del Open the Clear Data window to quickly clear private data.
Ctrl + W Close the current window or tab
Ctrl + D Add a bookmark for the page currentlys opened.
Ctrl + I Display available bookmarks.
Ctrl + J Display the download window.
Ctrl + N Open New browser window.
Ctrl + P Print current page / frame.
Ctrl + T Opens a new tab.
Ctrl + F4 Closes the currently selected tab.
Ctrl + Shift + T Undo the close of a window.
Ctrl + Tab Moves through each of the open tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Swich to the previous tab
Ctrl + G Find the previous occurrence of a search phrase
Ctrl + K Move cursor to the Web Search Widget (top right of the screen)
Spacebar Moves down a page at a time.
Shift + Spacebar Moves up a page at a time.
Alt + Down arrow Display all previous text entered in a text box and/or available options on drop down menu.


Internet Explorer Shortcut

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + Left Arrow Back a page
Backspace Back a page
Alt + Right Arrow Forward a page.
F5 Refresh current page, frame, or tab.
F11 Display the current website in full screen mode
Esc Stop page or download from loading.
Ctrl + (- or +) Increase or decrease the font size, pressing ‘-‘ will decrease and ‘+’ will increase.
Ctrl + Enter Quickly complete an address. For example, type computerhope in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to get http://www.computerhope.com.
Ctrl + D Add a Favorite for the page currently opened.
Ctrl + I Display available bookmarks.
Ctrl + N Open New browser window.
Ctrl + P Print current page / frame.
Ctrl + T Opens a new tab.
Ctrl + F4 Closes the currently selected tab.
Ctrl + Tab Moves through each of the open tabs.
Spacebar Moves down a page at a time.
Shift + Spacebar Moves up a page at a time.
Alt + Down arrow Display all previous text entered in a text box and/or available options on drop down menu.

Microsoft Excel

Shortcut Keys Description
F2 Edit the selected cell.
F5 Goto a specific cell. For example, C6.
F7 Spell check selected text and/or document.
F11 Create chart.
Ctrl + Shift + ; Enter the current time.
Ctrl + ; Enter the current date.
Alt + Shift + F1 Insert New Worksheet.
Shift + F3 Open the Excel formula window.
Shift + F5 Bring up search box.
Ctrl + A Select all contents of the worksheet.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + 5 Strikethrough highlighted selection.
Ctrl + P Bring up the print dialog box to begin printing.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
Ctrl + F6 Switch between open workbooks / windows.
Ctrl + Page up Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel document.
Ctrl + Page down Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel document.
Ctrl + Tab Move between Two or more open Excel files.
Alt + = Create a formula to sum all of the above cells
Ctrl + ‘ Insert the value of the above cell into cell currently selected.
Ctrl + Shift + ! Format number in comma format.
Ctrl + Shift + $ Format number in currency format.
Ctrl + Shift + # Format number in date format.
Ctrl + Shift + % Format number in percentage format.
Ctrl + Shift + ^ Format number in scientific format.
Ctrl + Shift + @ Format number in time format.
Ctrl + Arrow key Move to next section of text.
Ctrl + Space Select entire column.
Shift + Space Select entire row.

Microsoft Word

Shortcut Keys Description
Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + C Copy selected text.
Ctrl + X Cut selected text.
Ctrl + P Open the print window.
Ctrl + F Open find box.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + V Paste.
Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
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