Keyboard Tips

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August 29, 2011 by Rakesh Boraiah

Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Viewing and exploring Web pages

F1 Display the Internet Explorer Help, or when in a dialog box, display context help on an item
F11 Toggle between Full Screen and regular view of the browser window
TAB Move forward through the items on a Web page, the Address bar, and the Links bar
SHIFT+TAB Move back through the items on a Web page, the Address bar, and the Links bar
ALT+HOME Go to your Home page
ALT+RIGHT ARROW Go to the next page
Go to the previous page
SHIFT+F10 Display a shortcut menu for a link
Move forward between frames
SHIFT+CTRL+TAB Move back between frames
UP ARROW Scroll toward the beginning of a document
DOWN ARROW Scroll toward the end of a document
PAGE UP Scroll toward the beginning of a document in larger increments
PAGE DOWN Scroll toward the end of a document in larger increments
HOME Move to the beginning of a document
END Move to the end of a document
CTRL+F Find on this page
F5 or
Refresh the current Web page only if the time stamp for the Web version and your locally stored version are different
CTRL+F5 Refresh the current Web page, even if the time stamp for the Web version and your locally stored version are the same
ESC Stop downloading a page
Go to a new location
CTRL+N Open a new window
CTRL+W Close the current window
CTRL+S Save the current page
CTRL+P Print the current page or active frame
ENTER Activate a selected link
CTRL+E Open Search in Explorer bar
CTRL+I Open Favorites in Explorer bar
CTRL+H Open History in Explorer bar
CTRL+click In History or Favorites bars, open multiple folders

Using the Address bar

Press this

To do this

ALT+D Select the text in the Address bar
F4 Display the Address bar history
CTRL+LEFT ARROW When in the Address bar, move the cursor left to the next logical break (. or /)
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW When in the Address bar, move the cursor right to the next logical break (. or /)
CTRL+ENTER Add “www.” to the beginning and “.com” to the end of the text typed in the Address bar
UP ARROW Move forward through the list of AutoComplete matches
DOWN ARROW Move back through the list of AutoComplete matches

Working with favorites

Press this

To do this

CTRL+D Add the current page to your favorites
CTRL+B Open the Organize Favorites dialog box
ALT+UP ARROW Move selected item up in the Favorites list in the Organize Favorites dialog box
ALT+DOWN ARROW Move selected item down in the Favorites list in the Organize Favorites dialog box


Press this

To do this

CTRL+X Remove the selected items and copy them to the Clipboard
CTRL+C Copy the selected items to the Clipboard
CTRL+V Insert the contents of the Clipboard at the selected location
CTRL+A Select all items on the current Web page

Remap the Right-Alt Key to be the Windows Key

Create a Scancode entry in the Registry as follows:

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout
  2. Create a new binary entry called Scancode Map with the following values
  3. 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 5B EO 38 EO 00 00 00 00
  4. Reboot the computer

Disabling the Windows Key with NT or Windows2000

To disable the use of the Windows Key for the two operating Systems,

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Keyboard Layout
  3. Add a Binary Value called Scancode Map
  4. Give it a value of 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000
  5. Reboot the computer

Outlook 2000 Shortcut Keys

Go to the Inbox CTRL+SHIFT+I
Go to the Outbox CTRL+SHIFT+O
Check for New Mail F5 or CTRL+M
Start a New E-mail message CTRL+SHIFT+M
Open the address book CTRL+SHIFT+B
Start a New appointment CTRL+SHIFT+A
Start a New contact CTRL+SHIFT+C
Start a New meeting request CTRL+SHIFT+Q
Start a New a task CTRL+SHIFT+K
Make the Find a Contact box active F11
Open the Advanced Find dialog box CTRL+SHIFT+F
Mark an e-mail message as read CTRL+Q
Delete an e-mail message, contact, calendar item, or task CTRL+D

Front Page 2000 Shortcut Keys

Front Page has quite a few shortcut keys. My favorites are:

Center a paragraph CTRL+E
Left align a paragraph CTRL+L
Right align a paragraph CTRL+R
Display HTML tags CTRL+ /
Apply the Heading 1 style (ect.) CTRL+ALT+1
Apply the Normal style CTRL+SHIFT+ N
Not listed in their help is:
Cycle through Normal / HTML / Preview Ctrl-PgUp/ Down
If you are at the last row in a table, the TAB key will add a new row below the current one.

Fast Access to the Desktop

To get an Explorer view of the Desktop

  1. Press Ctrl-Esc or click the Start button
  2. Press R to go to Run. Note: If you are using a Win keyboard, you can get to this point by pressing Win+R
  3. Type in a period

Opening Up the Task Manager in NT 4

In Windows NT 4, to quickly bring up the task manager, press Ctrl-Shift-Esc

MS-Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

Toggles between minimizing/restoring all windows

Open the start menu Win
Display the pop-up menu for the selected object Win+F1
Start Explorer Win+E
Find Files or Folders Win+F
Find computer Ctrl+Win+F
Minimizes all windows Win+M
Undo Minimize All Shift+Win+M
Display Run Dialog box Win-R
Cycles through taskbar buttons Win+Tab
Displays System Properties Win+Break

Getting to My Computer from the Control Panel

If you’re in Control Panel, hitting the Backspace key will switch you into the My Computer folder.


Press CTRL + Z to undo things like renaming a file in Explorer

Minimizing All Windows

To minimize all windows:

  1. Press Ctrl-ESC to bring up the Task Bar
  2. Press Alt-M

This makes it a lot easier to minimize windows when all your open applications are full screen.

Note from Bob: With the Microsoft Keyboard, you can accomplish the same thing by pressing the Window-M key.

Shortcut to System Properties

To access the System Properties screen quickly, simply hold down the ALT key while double clicking on the My Computer icon.

While holding the windows key, press the Pause / Break key.
This will open up the System Properties box.
From here you can easily get to the Device Manager

Duplicating the Right Mouse Click

Pressing the Shift-F10 key will be the same as clicking the right-mouse button.

Accessing Programs from the Start Button

To access your programs more quickly from your start button, with out aid of a mouse, hit ctrl+esc to open your start menu.
Then, type the letter for the directory you are looking for.
For example, to access the ever popular game of solitaire, CTRL+ESC, then “P” for programs, “A” for accessories, “G” for games, then “S” for Solitaire.
If there is more than one entry for the letter, keep hitting the letter until you reach your desired location. Then, hit enter.

Quickly Starting Explorer

You can quickly start an explorer session by holding down the Windows key on a Microsoft Keyboard and pressing the E.key

Internet Explorer Shortcuts

Here are a few IE keyboard shortcuts:

Go ‘Back’ to the previous page Alt+Left Arrow
Go ‘Forward’ to the next page Alt+Right Arrow
Add to Favorites on the current web page Ctrl+D
Open the History folder Ctrl+H
Open the Organize Favorites window Ctrl+B
Lets you open a new web page Ctrl+L
Open a new browser window Ctrl+N
Reload the current page Ctrl+R
Close the active Internet Explorer window Ctrl+W

Bringing up the Properties Window

While holding the ALT key double click on an icon to bring up the properties.

Resizing and Moving a Window

To Resize or Move a window:

  1. Press Alt-Space
  2. Press the S key – To Resize
  3. Press the M key – To Move

You can now use the arrow keys to resize or move the window

Key stroking is faster than mouse moving

  1. In desktop you can press “m”, “My Briefcase is highlighted, press “enter” will open this applet.
  2. If you do not press “enter”,
  3. The next “m” key stroke will highlight “My Computer”.
  4. “Ctrl”-“Esc”, press “P” for Programs, “enter”,”M””enter”, you get to the first program or folder that starts with “M”
  5. Other applets will also be opened the same way.

Explorer Shortcut Keys

  • F4 – Displays the Combo Box
  • F5 – Refresh the display
  • Ctrl+Z – Undo last action
  • Backspace – Go up one directory

Quickly Search for Files

To quickly open up the Find all Files window

  1. Press Ctrl+ESC ESC
  2. Press F3

To copy a file with a Mouse/Keyboard combo

Drag the file while holding down the CTRL key – A + will appear on the icon

To move a file with a Mouse/Keyboard combo

Drag file while holding down SHIFT key – Nothing appears on the icon

If moving a icon with the mouse and an arrow appears, it will create a shortcut.
You can press shift or ctrl at anytime during the drag
and it will change this little part of the icon.


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