Common keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7

  • F1 - Display the help file for the current programme.
  • Alt + letter - Activate the menu represented by a particular letter that is underlined in the menu bar. For example, you can access the 'File' drop-down menu by pressing Alt + F.
  • Ctrl + Z - Undo the last action.
  • Alt + Tab - Quickly switch between currently running programmes.
  • Windows key + D - Show your desktop
  • Windows key + E - Start Windows Explorer.
  • Windows key + U - Open the 'Ease of Access Center', so you can change accessibility options on your computer
  • Ctrl + C - Copy selected text/graphics to the clipboard
  • Ctrl + V - Paste text/graphics from the clipboard
  • Ctrl + X - Cut selected text/graphics (a copy is saved to the clipboard
Note: A more comprehensive list of shortcuts can be found on the Microsoft website: Keyboard shortcuts for Windows.

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