Windows Ninjas Know and Use These Keyboard Shortcuts

For anyone using a computer for a long time, keyboard shortcuts are a dream come true – everything you need is right at your finger tips, literally. But it just amazes me how few people actually know and use keyboard shortcuts. Only those selected few are what I call Windows Ninjas! If you want to be one of those, then go through the following keyboard shortcuts, bookmark this page, and use these as and when needed!

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  • CTRL+C (Copy)
  • CTRL+X (Cut)
  • CTRL+V (Paste)
  • CTRL+Z (Undo)
  • DELETE (Delete)
  • SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
  • CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
  • CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
  • F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  • CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
  • CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
  • CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
  • CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
  • CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
  • SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
  • CTRL+A (Select all)
  • F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
  • ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
  • ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
  • ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
  • CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simulaneously sly)
  • ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
  • ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
  • F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
  • F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  • SHIFT+F10(Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
  • CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
  • ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
  • F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
  • RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
  • LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
  • F5 key (Update the active window)
  • BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  • ESC (Cancel the current task)
  • SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box – Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
  • TAB (Move forward through the options)
  • SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
  • ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
  • ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
  • SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
  • Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
  • F1 key (Display Help)
  • F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
  • BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
  • Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
  • Windows Logo+M (Minimize all the windows)
  • Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
  • Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
  • Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
  • Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
  • Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
  • Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
  • Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch Filter Keys either on or off)
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the Mouse Keys either on or off)
  • SHIFT five times (Switch the Sticky Keys either on or off)
  • NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the Toggle Keys either on or off)
  • Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
  • Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
  • END (Display the bottom of the active window)
  • HOME (Display the top of the active window)
  • NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
  • NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
  • NUM LOCK+Minus sign () (Collapse the selected folder)
  • LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)
  • RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)

Shortcut Keys for Character Map

After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:

  • RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line)
  • LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line)
  • UP ARROW (Move up one row)
  • DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)
  • PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)
  • PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)
  • HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)
  • END (Move to the end of the line)
  • CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)
  • CTRL+END (Move to the last character)
  • SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected)

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL+O (Open a saved console)
  • CTRL+N (Open a new console)
  • CTRL+S (Save the open console)
  • CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)
  • CTRL+W (Open a new window)
  • F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)
  • ALT+F4 (Close the console)
  • ALT+A (Display the Action menu)
  • ALT+V (Display the View menu)
  • ALT+F (Display the File menu)
  • ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)

MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)
  • ALT+Minus sign () (Display the window menu for the active console window)
  • (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)

  • F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
  • F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
  • CTRL+F
  • (Maximize the active console window)

  • CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
  • ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)
  • F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  • CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

    Remote Desktop Connection Navigation

    • CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
    • ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
    • ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
    • ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
    • ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
    • CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
    • ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
    • CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
    • CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

    Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

    • CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
    • CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
    • CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
    • CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
    • CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
    • CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
    • CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
    • CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
    • CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
    • CTRL+R (Update the current Web)

    Did I miss something?

    I’m a human and I can make mistakes. Let me know if any of the above shortcuts doesn’t work, or if you have any new shortcut, in the comments below!

EnhanceMy8 is a Robust Tweaking and Maintenance Tool for Windows 8

Probably the most frustrating thing about Windows 8 is the inability to customize the look, feel and performance of the OS. Yes, the Start Menu sucks too. But if you’re having a hard time tweaking and maintaining the new OS, EnhanceMy8 is a tool you must check out.


EnhanceMy8 includes any tweaks and tools you need to keep your Win8 in mint condition:

  • Disk Cleaner – Automatically find and delete un-needed files and folders
  • Defragmenter – Reduce the amount of fragmentation in file systems and registry
  • System Info – Get maximum detailed information about your hardware and software
  • System Tools – a collection of system tools that you didn’t even heard about
  • Security Tweaks – Easely configure the new security settings of Windows 8

There are two versions of the app — the free version with limited features and a Pro version that unlocks everything for $30.

InternetOff Helps Boost Productivity by Turning off Internet [Windows]

First there was dial-up Internet. Then came broadband. Then came high-speed broadband supported by fiber optics. And now, 3G, 4G and LTE. All these technologies have helped us stay connected. So much connected, that it sometimes becomes too much. It seems like the technology was not built for us, but we were built for technology. When you go online, there’s so much content, so many “updates”, that it becomes very, very hard to be productive.

Twitter, RSS feeds, YouTube video, answering email or IM message… And again from the start of the list. There are just so many distractions.

However, when you go offline all those distractions disappear. There’s no Twitter. No chat. No web. Only you and your tasks. Since you cannot consume, you have to create so that something happens. This is what InternetOff is all about.

The concept is very simple: After a certain preset amount of time, it shuts down the Internet connection. The time period ranges from 5, 15, 30, 60 minutes or keep Internet always on.

InternetOff is a quick 1.5 MB download which requires installation. Once installed, you can access the software from the Windows system tray. A single click on the app’s icon will show you the current status of the Internet. Clicking on “Turn off the Internet” will shut down your Internet so you can get back to your work.

InternetOff productivity

If you would like to go online again, click on the app’s icon and click on “Turn on the Internet”. You can then select a specific time period, after which your internet will turn off.

InternetOff productivity

The app works fine on Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Win 7 32/64 bit.

One thing that could make InternetOff really awesome is scheduled turning on/off. For example, I can set a time of 30 minutes. This would mean that for 30 minutes, Internet will be ON, for the next 30 minutes, it’ll be OFF, and so on.

Everything – Locate Files and Folders by Name Instantly [Windows]

Everything is little, but useful software to search files and folders on a Windows computer instantly. Everything is a must have windows utility that can help you easily locate any files or folders in your windows PC on real-time basis.

“Everything” only uses file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database. A fresh install of Windows XP SP2 (about 20,000 files) will take about 1 second to index.

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However, note that “Everything” does not search file contents, only file and folder names.

To start searching, type the partial file or folder name into the search edit, the results will appear instantly.

“Everything” will run on Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista and Windows 7. There is also a portable version of the software available that can be used directly from a thumb drive without any installation.

Getting Out of Windows Safe Mode

There are many situations when a simple computer might piss you off. One of them is Windows booting in Safe Mode. There are many reasons why a PC might be starting in Safe Mode:

  • Your system crashed, and to fix it, you rebooted it in Safe Mode
  • The computer had a few viruses and you kicked it into safe mode.
  • Your friend did it just to mock you. (Happens)

It can be really frustrating when your computer gets into Safe Mode. The main reason being you cannot do virtually anything – not many software can run, sometimes Internet cannot work etc. This would naturally make anyone panicky.

Getting Out of Windows Safe Mode

So here’s a simple fix for getting out of Windows Safe Mode.

While in the Safe Mode, go to Start > Run and type in “msconfig“.

Getting Out of Windows Safe Mode

Hit enter. The msconfig window will open. Here, go to the BOOT.INI tab, and uncheck /SAFEBOOT.

Getting Out of Windows Safe Mode

Click OK, and restart the computer. It will no longer boot in Safe Mode.

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