Here are some shortcuts that apply to Windows and or most Windows applications.

Shortcut

What Shortcut Does

atl+tab

switches between all currently running programs

ctrl+tab (ctrl+f6 in Microsoft Word)

switches between the active windows in an MDI (Multiple Document Interface) application

ctrl+esc

brings up the windows start menu (Use the arrows keys to move through the options and enter to select an option.)

shift+F10

brings up the right click menu for a selected object (I.E. a file or folder in Windows Explorer)

ctrl+a

selects all files in an explorer folder listing and some file selection dialog boxes

alt+F4

closes the active application (Press after clicking on a blank area of the desktop to evoke the Windows shut down dialog box.)

Here some shortcuts which work in most ASCII editors and word processors.

Shortcut

What Shortcut Does

home

moves the cursor to the beginning of the current line

end

moves the cursor to the end of the current line

ctrl+home

moves the cursor to the beginning of the document

ctrl+end

moves the cursor to the end of the document

ctrl+left or right arrow

moves the cursor to the next or previous word with a word being a set of characters preceeded and proceeded by a space

shift+down arrow, left arrow, right arrow or up arrow

blocks text in the direction of the arrow key

shift+ctrl+left or right arrow

blocks text a word at a time in the direction of the arrow key with a word being a set of characters preceeded and proceeded by a space

shift+page down or page up

blocks text a page at time downwards or upwards

shift+home or end

blocks text from the current cursor position to the beginning or end of the current line

shift+ctrl+home or end

blocks in all text from the current cursor position to the beginning or end of the document.

ctrl+a

blocks in the entire document (only valid in notepad under Windows 2000 or later)

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