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Mastering the Keyboard in Windows

How to Maximize, minimize and move windows with the Keyboard in Windows.

Edited: 2013-10-30 14:06

When working with computers, you might occasionally have found yourself in a situation where you had no access to a working mouse or touch-pad; in such situations, knowing the necessary keyboard shortcuts can be a life saver!

General use

You can use the TAB key to cycle through the elements on screen.

SHIFT + TAB will cycle through the elements backwards.

CTRL + TAB will cycle through the tabs in a window.

Using CTRL + A selects all elements in the active window.

Press CTRL + C to copy something to the clipboard, and CTRL + V to paste it later – also works for files and folders!

Use CTRL+X to cut, and CTRL + V to finish the cut. I.e. The element will be deleted in its original location, and inserted at the paste location.

SHIFT + F10 is the shortcut combination for the right-click menu, useful when working in explore.

If your keyboard has no start button, fear not, simply hit CTRL + ESC instead!

Controlling Windows

ALT + TAB will allow you to shift between running programs.

After pressing ALT + SPACE, you will be able to quickly move, maximize and minimize windows, plus much more.

Pressing ALT + F4 will close the active window; if the desktop is active, the shutdown dialog will be opened. Good to know if you want to quickly shut down your computer!

Hitting F5 will update the active window, in a browser this will re-load the web-page.

Use the ALT + Left and Right arrow keys to move back and forward in a browser window, or in windows explore.

File handling

To quickly rename a file, you can press the F2 key.

Instead of using the well known CTRL + F combination, you can simply hit F3 when you want to search for something.