Keyboard Shortcuts Playground

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Keyboard Shortcuts Playground
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The above image is an illustration of the power that keyboard shortcuts represent for computer users for all spectrums of Online activity participation. This is the keyboard shortcut playground for Twitter users for the new image insertion regime;
Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts

The following list of categories of keybvoard shortcuts are for users of the Windows OS, so, there will have to be another, separate article for those living in Mac-land.

  • General Keyboard Shortcuts
    Shift + F10 right-clicks
    Win + L (XP Only): Locks keyboard. Similar to Lock Workstation
    Win + F or F3: Open Find dialog.
    Win + Control + F: Open Find dialog.
    Win + U: Open Utility Manager
    Win + F1: Open Windows help
    Win + Pause: Open System Properties dialog
    Win + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons. Enter clicks, AppsKey or Shift + F10 right-clicks
    Win + Shift + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons in reverse
    Alt + Tab: Display CoolSwitch. More commonly known as the AltTab dialog
    Alt + Shift + Tab: Display CoolSwitch; go in reverse
    Alt + Escape: Send active window to the bottom of the z-order
    Alt + Shift + Escape: Activate the window at the bottom of the z-order
    Alt + F4: Close active window; or, if all windows are closed, open shutdown dialog
    Shift while a CD is loading: Bypass AutoPlay
    Shift while login: Bypass startup folder
    Ctrl + Alt + Delete or Ctrl + Alt + NumpadDel (Both NumLock states): Invoke the Task Manager or NT Security dialog
    Ctrl + Shift + Escape (2000/XP ) or (Ctrl + Alt + NumpadDot) : Invoke the task manager. On earlier OSes, acts like Ctrl + Escape
    Printscreen: Copy screenshot of current screen to clipboard
    Alt + Printscreen: Copy screenshot of current active window to clipboard
    Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow: Invert screen. Untested on OSes other than XP
    Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow: Undo inversion
    Win + B : Move focus to systray icons


  • Generic Keyboard Shortcuts
    Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy
    Ctrl + X or Shift + Delete: Cut
    Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste/Move
    Ctrl + N: New… File, Tab, Entry, etc
    Ctrl + S: Save
    Ctrl + O: Open…
    Ctrl + P: Print
    Ctrl + Z: Undo
    Ctrl + A: Select all
    Ctrl + F: Find…
    Ctrl+W : to close the current window
    Ctrl + F4: Close tab or child window
    F1: Open help
    F11: Toggle full screen mode
    Alt or F10: Activate menu bar
    Alt + Space: Display system menu. Same as clicking the icon on the titlebar
    Escape: Remove focus from current control/menu, or close dialog box


  • Navigation Keyboard Shortcuts
    Tab: Forward one item
    Shift + Tab: Backward one item
    Ctrl + Tab: Cycle through tabs/child windows
    Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Cycle backwards through tabs/child windows
    Enter: If a button’s selected, click it, otherwise, click default button
    Space: Toggle items such as radio buttons or checkboxes
    Alt + (Letter): Activate item corresponding to (Letter). (Letter) is the underlined letter on the item’s name
    Ctrl + Left: Move cursor to the beginning of previous word
    Ctrl + Right: Move cursor to the beginning of next word
    Ctrl + Up: Move cursor to beginning of previous paragraph
    Ctrl + Down: Move cursor to beginning of next paragraph
    Shift + Left: Highlight one character to the left
    Shift + Right: Highlight one character to the right
    Shift + Up: Highlight from current cursor position, to one line up
    Shift + Down: Highlight from current cursor position, to one line down
    Ctrl + Shift + Left: Highlight to beginning of previous word
    Ctrl + Shift + Right: Highlight to beginning of next word
    Ctrl + Shift + Up: Highlight to beginning of previous paragraph
    Ctrl + Shift + Down: Highlight to beginning of next paragraph
    Home: Move cursor to top of a scrollable control
    End: Move cursor to bottom of a scrollable control


  • Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
    Arrow Keys: Navigate
    Shift + Arrow Keys: Select multiple items
    Ctrl + Arrow Keys: Change focus without changing selection
    (Letter): Select first found item that begins with (Letter)
    BackSpace: Go up one level to the parent directory
    Alt + Left: Go back one folder
    Alt + Right: Go forward one folder
    Enter: Activate (Double-click) selected item(s)
    Alt + Enter: View properties for selected item
    F2: Rename selected item(s)
    Ctrl + NumpadPlus: In a Details view, resizes all columns to fit the longest item in each one
    Delete: Delete selected item(s)
    Shift + Delete: Delete selected item(s); bypass Recycle Bin
    Ctrl while dragging item(s): Copy
    Ctrl + Shift while dragging item(s): Create shortcut(s)
    In tree pane, if any:
    Left: Collapse the current selection if expanded, or select the parent folder
    Right: Expand the current selection if collapsed, or select the first subfolder
    NumpadAsterisk: Expand currently selected directory and all subdirectories. No undo
    NumpadPlus: Expand currently selected directory
    NumpadMinus: Collapse currently selected directory


  • Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
    Right Shift for eight seconds: Toggle FilterKeys on and off. FilterKeys must be enabled
    Left Alt + Left Shift + PrintScreen: Toggle High Contrast on and off. High Contrast must be enabled
    Left Alt + Left Shift + NumLock: Toggle MouseKeys on and off. MouseKeys must be enabled
    NumLock for five seconds: Toggle ToggleKeys on and off. ToggleKeys must be enabled
    Shift five times: Toggle StickyKeys on and off. StickyKeys must be enabled


  • MS Natural Keyboard with IntelliType Software Installed
    Win + L: Log off Windows
    Win + P: Open Print Manager
    Win + C: Open control panel
    Win + V: Open clipboard
    Win + K: Open keyboard properties
    Win + I: Open mouse properties
    Win + A: Open Accessibility properties
    Win + Space: Displays the list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys
    Win + S: Toggle CapsLock on and off


  • Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
    Ctrl + Alt + End: Open the NT Security dialog
    Alt + PageUp: Switch between programs
    Alt + PageDown: Switch between programs in reverse
    Alt + Insert: Cycle through the programs in most recently used order
    Alt + Home: Display start menu
    Ctrl + Alt + Break: Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen
    Alt + Delete: Display the Windows menu
    Ctrl + Alt + NumpadMinus: Place snapshot of client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (same as pressing Alt + PrintScreen on local machine)
    Ctrl + Alt + NumpadPlus: Place snapshot of active client window on Terminal server clipboard (same as pressing PrintScreen on local machine)


  • Mozilla Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts
    Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PageDown: Cycle through tabs. Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PageUp: Cycle through tabs in reverse
    Ctrl + (1-9): Switch to tab corresponding to number
    Ctrl + N: New window
    Ctrl + T: New tab
    Ctrl + L or Alt + D or F6: Switch focus to location bar
    Ctrl + Enter: Open location in new tab
    Shift + Enter: Open location in new window
    Ctrl + K or Ctrl + E: Switch focus to search bar
    Ctrl + O: Open a local file
    Ctrl + W: Close tab, or window if there’s only one tab open
    Ctrl + Shift + W: Close window
    Ctrl + S: Save page as a local file
    Ctrl + P: Print page
    Ctrl + F or F3: Open find toolbar
    Ctrl + G or F3: Find next…
    Ctrl + Shift + G or Shift + F3: Find previous…
    Ctrl + B or Ctrl + I: Open Bookmarks sidebar
    Ctrl + H: Open History sidebar
    Escape: Stop loading page
    Ctrl + R or F5: Reload current page
    Ctrl + Shift + R or Ctrl + F5: Reload current page; bypass cache
    Ctrl + U: View page source
    Ctrl + D: Bookmark current page
    Ctrl + NumpadPlus or Ctrl + Equals (+/=): Increase text size
    Ctrl + NumpadMinus or Ctrl + Minus: Decrease text size
    Ctrl + Numpad0 or Ctrl + 0: Set text size to default
    Alt + Left or Backspace: Back
    Alt + Right or Shift + Backspace: Forward
    Alt + Home: Open home page
    Ctrl + M: Open new message in integrated mail client
    Ctrl + J: Open Downloads dialog
    F6: Switch to next frame. You must have selected something on the page already, e.g. by use of Tab
    Shift + F6: Switch to previous frame
    Apostrophe (‘): Find link as you type
    Slash (/): Find text as you type


  • Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts
    Note: Must have “keyboard shortcuts” on in settings
    Note 2: These shortcuts may not all be functional now that Gmail has recently upgraded their interface
    C: Compose new message
    Shift + C: Open new window to compose new message
    Slash (/): Switch focus to search box
    K: Switch focus to the next most recent email. Enter or “O” opens focused email
    J: Switch focus to the next oldest email
    N: Switch focus to the next message in the “conversation.” Enter or “O” expands/collapses messages
    P: Switch focus to the previous message
    U: Takes you back to the inbox and checks for new mail
    Y: Various actions depending on current view
    Has no effect in “Sent” and “All Mail” views
    Inbox: Archive email or message
    Starred: Unstar email or message
    Spam: Unmark as spam and move back to “Inbox”
    Trash: Move back to “Inbox”
    Any label: Remove the label
    X: “Check” an email. Various actions can be performed against all checked emails
    S: “Star” an email. Identical to the more familiar term, “flagging”
    R: Reply to the email
    A: Reply to all recipients of the email
    F: Forward an email
    Shift + R: Reply to the email in a new window
    Shift + A: Reply to all recipients of the email in a new window
    Shift + F: Forward an email in a new window
    Shift + 1 (!): Mark an email as spam and remove it from the inbox
    G then I: Switch to “Inbox” view
    G then S: Switch to “Starred” view
    G then A: Switch to “All Mail” view
    G then C: Switch to “Contacts” view
    G then S: Switch to “Drafts” view


  • F1-F9 Key Command Prompts
    F1 / right arrow: Repeats the letters of the last command line, one by one
    F2: Displays a dialog asking user to “enter the char to copy up to” of the last command line
    F3: Repeats the last command line
    F4: Displays a dialog asking user to “enter the char to delete up to” of the last command line
    F5: Goes back one command line
    F6: Enters the traditional CTRL+Z (^z)
    F7: Displays a menu with the command line history
    F8: Cycles back through previous command lines (beginning with most recent)
    F9: Displays a dialog asking user to enter a command number, where 0 is for first command line entered
    Alt+Enter: toggle fullScreen mode
    up/down: scroll thru/repeat previous entries
    Esc: delete line

Bear in mind that there have been advances and shifts in some of the listed shortcut groups, so some (or many) of these shortcuts may be defunct currently. Please investigate further to compile a list endemic to your pursuits.

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