iSightCornwall Picks: Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows

August 21, 2018 1:53 pm

For many visually impaired people, the most effective way to use a computer is with keyboard commands.

We have put together a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for the Windows operating system.

Hotkeys and Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Win + (+): Open Windows Magnifier.
  • Win + Escape: Close Windows Magnifier.
  • Ctrl + Escape or Win: Display start menu.
  • Win + E: Open Windows Explorer.
  • Win + R: Open Run dialogue.
  • Win + M: Minimize all windows.
  • Win + U: Open Utility Manager.
  • Alt + Tab: Display CoolSwitch. More commonly known as the AltTab dialogue.
  • Printscreen: Copy screenshot of the current screen to the clipboard.
  • Alt + Printscreen: Copy screenshot of the current active window to the clipboard.

Generic HotKeys

  • Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy.
  • Ctrl + X or Shift + Delete: Cut.
  • Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste/Move.
  • Ctrl + N: New… File, Tab, Entry, etc.
  • Ctrl + S: Save.
  • Ctrl + O: Open…
  • Ctrl + P: Print.
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo.
  • Ctrl + A: Select all.
  • Ctrl + F: Find…
  • Ctrl + F4: Close tab or child window.
  • F1: Open help.
  • F11: Toggle full-screen mode.
  • Alt or F10: Activate menu bar.
  • Alt + Space: Display system menu. Same as clicking the icon on the title bar.
  • Escape: Remove focus from current control/menu, or close dialog box.

Generic Navigation – Keyboard Shortcut Keys

  • Tab: Forward one item.
  • Shift + Tab: Backward one item.
  • Ctrl + Left: Move cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
  • Ctrl + Right: Move cursor to the beginning of next word.
  • Ctrl + Up: Move cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
  • Ctrl + Down: Move cursor to the beginning of next paragraph.
  • Shift + Left: Highlight one character to the left.
  • Shift + Right: Highlight one character to the right.
  • Shift + Up: Highlight from current cursor position, to one line up.
  • Shift + Down: Highlight from current cursor position, to one line down.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Left: Highlight to beginning of the previous word.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Right: Highlight to beginning of next word.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Up: Highlight to beginning of previous paragraph.

Generic File Browser – HotKeys

  • Arrow Keys: Navigate.
  • Shift + Arrow Keys: Select multiple items.
  • (Letter): Select first found item that begins with (Letter).
  • Alt + Left: Go back one folder.
  • Alt + Right: Go forward one folder.
  • Enter: Activate (Double-click) selected item(s).
  • Alt + Enter: View properties for the selected item.
  • F2: Rename selected item(s).
  • Delete: Delete selected item(s).
  • Ctrl while dragging item(s): Copy.
  • Ctrl + Shift while dragging item(s): Create shortcut(s).

Download the Keyboard Shortcuts and Hot Keys for future use (Microsoft Word file)

If you know a helpful shortcut that does not appear on the list above we would love to hear from you. Please email us at with your suggestions.

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