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Hotkey Refresher Course

Today we’re going to have a refresher course on Hotkeys! I bring this subject up because the article I wrote on determining 32 and 64 bit processors brought the Win+Pause properties shortcut to my attention. I thought this was so cool that I should take it a step further and list some more useful hotkey shortcuts! So, if your mouse ever breaks, or if you want to impress those around you, make note: Keyboard shortcuts are the way to go!


Win – Press windows key to open start menu

Win+R – Apply to open Run dialog box

Win+M – Apply to minimize all opened windows

Win+Shift+M – Apply to maximize all opened windows

Win+L – Press keys to lock keyboard in windows XP

Win+E – Press keys to open My Computer

Win+F – Apply to open search options

Win+U – Apply keys to open Utility Manager

Win+D – To view desktop/minimize all windows

Win+F1 – To view the detail windows help page

Win+Pause – To view the System Properties dialog box

Win+Tab – Move through taskbar programs

Win+F+Ctrl – Apply to open search for computers

Alt+Tab – Move through opened windows programs

Alt+F4 – Press keys to close active windows program

Alt+Enter – Apply to open properties of selected item

Alt+ SPACEBAR – Open the system menu of active window

Alt+ SPACEBAR +N – Press keys to minimize the active program

Alt+ SPACEBAR +R – Press keys to restore the active program

Alt+ SPACEBAR+C – Press keys to close the active program

Alt+ SPACEBAR+X – Press keys to maximize the active program

Alt+ SPACEBAR+M – Press keys to move the active program

Ctrl+Alt+Delete – Apply to open windows task manager

Ctrl+Shift+Esc – Apply to open windows task manager

Ctrl+Esc – Press keys to open start menu

Shift+Delete – To delete items permanently