• Enfield, Waltham Abbey
  • 0844 567 4250


Search Results For Passionate About IT Knowledge Base

The Most Complete Guide to Windows Keyboard Shortcuts and Run Commands

Dec 8

Written by:
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:27:14 GMT  RssIcon

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Help Shortcuts

  • Display Windows Help: Win Key + F1
  • Display current program help: F1

Windows Explorer shortcuts

  • Open Windows Explorer: Win Key + E
  • Show/Hide the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer: Alt + P
  • Go up one level of a sub folder in Windows Explorer: Alt + Up arrow key
  • Go back or forwards in Windows Explorer: Alt + Left/Right arrow key
  • Switch between open windows: ALT + TAB
  • Close the active window ALT + F4

Moving & Resizing open Windows or Applications shortcuts

  • Minimize all open Windows or Applications: Win Key + M
  • Undo all window minimization: Win Key + Shift + M
  • Minimize/maximize all inactive windows: Win Key + Home
  • Maximize/Minimize active Window: Win Key + Up/Down arrow key
  • Maximize vertical size of active Window: Win Key + Shift + Up arrow Key
  • Restore vertical size of active Window: Win Key + Shift + Down arrow Key
  • Dock active Window to left/right: Win Key + Left/Right arrow Key
  • Moving & resizing active window: Win Key + Up/Down/Left/Right arrow keys
  • Move active Window between Dual Monitors: Win+Shift+Left or Right Arrow Key
  • Zoom in and out: Win Key + +/-
  • Toggle Desktop display: Win key + D
  • Aero Desktop Peek: Win Key + Spacebar

Taskbar shortcuts

  • Get to taskbar items: Win Key + T or Win + Shift + T for reverse order
  • Cycle through all open taskbar Windows: Alt + Esc
  • 3D view of all open windows: Win Key + Tab (hold win key and tap Tab to cycle)
  • Persistent 3D view: Ctrl + Win Key + Tab
  • Open Taskbar Programs (pinned or open): Win key + 1/2/3 keys and so on
  • Cycle through grouped taskbar items: Hold Ctrl + tap Left Click
  • Open a new instance of a taskbar Application: Shift + Left mouse click
  • Open a new instance of a taskbar Application as Administrator: Ctrl + Shift + Click
  • Show Restore/Minimize/Move menu Of open application/window (grouped or ungrouped): Shift + Right click on taskbar icon

General, Sytem functions and Search shortcuts

  • Move focus to the System Tray: Win Key + B
  • Switching between Laptop or Projector display: Win Key + P
  • Open a Program as Administrator: Ctrl + Shift + Left mouse click
  • Create a new Folder (where possible): Ctrl + Shift + N
  • Show advanced 'Send to...' menu: Shift + Right mouse click
  • Show desktop gadgets: Win Key + G
  • Open Mobility Center: Win Key + X
  • Open Magnifier: Win Key + =
  • Open Comman Prompt path to folder: Shift + Right Click on/within a folder
  • Search for computers: CTRL + Win Key + F (domain PCs)
  • Search for a file or folder: Win Key + F
  • System Properties: Win key + Pause/Break
  • Open Windows Task Manager: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  • Utility Manager: Win key + U
  • Delete without moving to Recycle bin: Shift + Del
  • Full Screen Command Prompt: Alt + Enter
  • Lock your System: Win key + L

Run Commands:

  • Open the Run dialog box: Win Key + R
  • msnmsgr - MSN Messenger
  • msmsgs - Windows Messenger
  • wordpad - Opens Word pad (text editor)
  • notepad - Opens Note pad (text editor)
  • excel - Opens Microsoft Excel
  • winword - opens Microsoft Word
  • Infopath - Opens Microsoft InfoPath
  • outlook - Opens Microsoft Outlook
  • mspub - Opens Microsoft Publisher
  • powerpnt - Opens Microsoft PowerPoint
  • msaccess - Opens Microsoft Access
  • OIS - Opens Microsoft Office Picture Manager
  • clipbrd - Opens your clipboard viewer
  • SHRPUBW.EXE - Shared Folder Wizard
  • control - Opens your control panel
  • control userpasswords - User Accounts Administration

Advanced users Run Commands:

  • control userpasswords2 - User Accounts Administration
  • lusrmgr.msc - Local users and groups
  • CMD - Opens a command prompt
  • CMD /k ipconfig - opens a command prompt with IP address info
  • sysedit - Opens System COnfiguration Editor
  • regedit - Opens Registry Editor
  • perfmon.msc - Performance monitor
  • fsmgmt.msc - Shared folders
  • NETSH DIAG GUI - Network diagnostics
  • services.msc - Services
  • devmgmt.msc - Device manager
  • diskmgmt.msc - Disk management
  • dfrg.msc - Disk defrag
  • eventvwr.msc - Event viewer
  • compmgmt.msc - Computer management
  • gpedit.msc - Group policies
  • GPUPDATE /FORCE - Forces a refresh of Group Policies (domain workstation)
  • rsop.msc - Resultant set of policies
  • secpol.msc - Local security settings
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions on the above information please Contact Us.

Please Read:

If this Free tutorial was able to help - show us some support and help keep this knowledge base free by liking us on facebook, +1 us on Google Plus, install our amazing toolbar for instant access to our RSS feeds, follow us on twitter for all the latest trends in I.T and finally join our fantastic community forum where you can find help on all things I.T - from building your own PC to fix-it-yourself solutions from the Pros!

**Revenue from Pay-Per-Click Advertising is used to support this forum, any excess is donated to Doctors Without Borders**

Copyright Passionate About I.T © 2012

2 comments so far...


Anyone who uses a PC or laptop needs to know these shortcuts - thanks for sharing and keep up the good work. I'm still getting used to them - have set this as a second tab on firefox.

Thanks again!


By Jason Ahnien on   Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:29:45 GMT

This is the utimate guide to shortcuts on a keboard - have booked marked this page for future reference! Thanks


By Steve Kidd on   Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:13:11 GMT

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Security Code
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

Contact Us

Have an I.T Problem? Get in touch for an informal chat and find out how we can help

Click here

Blog Calendar

<March 2020>
By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. To view our policy on cookies click here