Windows Keyboard Shortcuts that will help your daily life

If I watch, most of the coworkers and friends working on their computers use the mouse because they don’t know of the strong Windows keyboard shortcuts that make their lives so much easier. Some people may be aware of the keyboard shortcuts, but they mainly deal with the mouse and old patterns are difficult to let go.

In this article I’ll take it step by step so that you can master the keyboard shortcuts you need to access the Windows operating system.

Imagine that your computer starts and that your cursor can’t reach your device because of a broken mouse or some other similar issue. A person who does not often use keyboard shortcuts is totally confused. All right, replacing a mouse is comparatively cheap, but what about performing a job that couldn’t wait until a new mouse is purchased or the problem is fixed?

Navigate the Windows XP Start Menu

First, I will demonstrate how to start an application without mouse use and use keyboard shortcuts instead. Write out your password and hit the Enter key immediately after device startup if you need to log in. If the device is completely initialised, the Windows Desktop will be displayed. We are going to open Notepad as an example. Follow the measures as described below:

To display the Start menu or click the Windows Logo buttons, press the Ctrl and Esc. Now click the Up Arrow before the rectangle in the Start menu moves upwards. After the rectangle is entered into the Start menu, click on the left arrow to switch to the left part of the Start screen. Then click the down arrow to pick “All programmes.” To extend the “All Programs” menu, press the right arrow. To pick “Accessories,” press the Down Arrow. To extend the accessories menu, press the Right Arrow. Click the Down Arrow now before the menu item Notepad is picked and Enter is pressed. This will lead to the introduction of the Notepad programme.

Armed with this simple knowledge of the keyboard shortcut, you can open any software without using the mouse.

Drive around the desktop

Users also put icons on the screen for easy access to those applications, files or directories they use on a daily basis. Now what if the cursor gets packed and you have to access the file? How to use the Windows keyboard shortcuts to do this:
Different actions should be expected depending on the current situation, so bear in mind that not every action must be taken.

To minimise all windows, press the Windows Logo key and M at the same time. Click Ctrl and Esc at the same time and press Esc again. (You only need this move, under certain circumstances, if you do not get the desired results in the step below). Press and release the Tab buttons. Click and release before one of the icons on the desktop has a “priority rectangle.” If there are plenty of icons on the desktop, you can carefully look at them if the focus rectangle provides the emphasis. Occasionally you can also use the arrow keys to see how you can switch between various icons if the symbol with the focal rectangle is difficult to see. The focus would normally switch from the Windows Taskbar to the last icon with the focus (selected) on the screen when the tab key is pressed. Once you have the “priority rectangle” on every desktop icon, it would only be possible to switch to the icon of your choosing using the arrow keys. If the desired icon is centred, press the Enter key to open the tab, folder or start a programme.

Windows Working

Our next step in this article is to control windows in order to minimise, maximise, move and close windows. Click Alt and Spacebar to reduce the currently active window. The window control menu will appear. Click N to reduce the window to a minimum.

To optimise or bring the window back to its restored state, hold Alt and press and release the Tab key before the desired window is picked. The Alt key is often released when the chosen window is picked, ensuring that the window can be maximised or restored based on its previous condition.

To optimise the restored pane, click Alt and Spacebar. Press X to maximise the display after the Control Menu appears. Click Alt and Spacebar to restore a maximised frame. When the Control menu appears, click R to maximise the window to its restored condition.

Click Alt and Spacebar to switch a window. Click M as the Control Menu appears. Using the arrow keys to switch the window to the desired place and press the Enter key to complete the process.

Click Alt and Spacebar to resize a window. Click S as the Control Menu appears. Click the arrow keys depending on which side of the window you choose to size. Right on the right side of the size slot, and the down arrow leads you to the lower right angle of size. When you first click the left key, you will take the left edge of the window to make sizes on that line. If you choose your size position, you can use one of the file keys to size the arrows by clicking the left or right arrows and up or down. Click Enter to complete this operation after finishing. Pressing the Esc key keeps the original window size untouched.

Click Alt and F4 or Alt and Spacebar to close the next working frame, then press C.

Use Windows Keyboard Shortcuts General

Please note that the WINDOWS key is the key on the keyboard Windows Logo.


Show open programmes list and move to the next one.

(Press TAB again to advance to the programme below).


Open schedule list display and return to previous programme.

(Select the pervious programme by pressing TAB again).


Displays the Start Menu for Windows.


Open my computer. Open my computer.

Windows+D Windows

Toggle between Desktop Show and Open Windows Show.


Both Windows Minimize.


Rename the folder, file or shortcut picked.


Creates a New Application Document.


Display the Working Program Open dialogue box.


Save the most working application folder.


Print the most active application document.


Choose All contents of the new text.


Cut the text or object you have chosen.


Copy the text or object chosen.


Paste clipboard contents into active folder.


Undo the last surgery.


Redo last process Undo.


Make bold or strip bold formatting from chosen text.


Underline or delete the underline chosen.


Make italic or delete italic text chosen.


Shows the dialogue box Find.


Displays the dialogue box Replace.

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