Keyboard Shortcuts

Note: For Mac users, please substitute the Command key for the Ctrl key. This substitution with work for the majority of commands

General Commands

Windows key + D Desktop to foreground
Context menu Right click
Alt + underlined letter Menu drop down, Action selection
Alt + Tab Toggle between open applications
Alt, F + X or Alt + F4 Exit application
Alt, Spacebar + X Maximize window
Alt, Spacebar + N Minimize window
Ctrl + W Closes window
F2 Renames a selected file or folder

Open Programs
To open programs from START menu: Create a program shortcut and drop it into
START menu
To open programs/files on Desktop: Select first letter, and then press Enter to

Dialog Boxes
Enter Selects highlighted button
Tab Selects next button
Arrow keys Selects next (>) or previous button (<)
Shift + Tab Selects previous button

Microsoft Word

Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo
CTRL+B Make text bold
CTRL+I Italicize
CTRL+U Underline
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + X Copy + delete
Shift + F3 Change case of letters
Ctrl+Shift+> Increase font size
Ctrl+Shift+< Decrease font size

Highlight Text
Shift + Arrow Keys Selects one letter at a time
Shift + Ctrl + Arrow keys Selects one word at a time
Shift + End or Home Selects lines of text

Change or resize the font
CTRL+SHIFT+ > Increase the font size
CTRL+SHIFT+ < Decrease the font size
CTRL+SHIFT+F Change font and size

Microsoft PowerPoint

Page Up/Down Moves to next/previous slide
Ctrl + M Insert a slide in current presentation
Ctrl + W Close a presentation
F5 View slide show from beginning
Shift+F5 View slide show from current slide
Esc Cancel an action
Alt + V, then D View slide sorter
Alt + O, then N Format text box (colors and lines)
Alt + I, then X Insert text box

Select and move text/objects
Tab Selects and cycles forward through objects (if cursor is in text box, press ESC; box can now be moved, copied, pasted, formatted, etc.)
Shift + Tab Selects and cycles backward through objects
Enter Positions cursor within an object when the object is selected
Arrow keys Shifts location of text box once selected (press ‘Esc’ to de-select)

Microsoft Excel

Worksheet navigation
Ctrl + Home Cursor at beginning of worksheet
Home Cursor at beginning of row
Ctrl + Arrow Keys Moves to edge of current data region
Tab Moves to next cell
Shift + Tab Moves to previous cell
Alt + Page Up, Page Down Move one screen to the left, right
Ctrl + Page Up, Page Down Move to the next/previous worksheet
Ctrl + Tab, Shift + Tab Move to the next/previous workbook

Edit Worksheet
F2 Edit active cell/put cursor at end of line
Ctrl + Shift + Plus Sign (+) Insert blank cells or rows and columns
Ctrl + Hyphen (-) Delete selected cells
Shift + Space Bar Highlights entire row
Ctrl + Space Bar Highlights entire column
Shift + Arrow Keys Highlights cells
Delete Clear contents of selection
Ctrl + Z Undo last action
Shift + F11 Insert a new worksheet

Mozilla Firefox (Web Browser)

Back Alt + Left Arrow
Forward Alt + Right Arrow
Shift + Backspace
Home Alt+Home
Select location bar Alt+d
History Ctrl+H
Caret browsing F7 (navigation by cursor)

Current page
End of page End
Beginning of page Home
Text size increase Ctrl+ +
Text size decrease Ctrl+ -
Text size restore Ctrl+ 0 (zero)

New tab Ctrl+T
New Window Ctrl+N
Next tab Ctrl+ Tab

Mozilla Thunderbird (Email Client)

Ctrl+N New Message
Ctrl+W Close Window
Del Delete Message
Ctrl+L Forward Message
F8 Toggle Message Pane
F Go to Next Message (Forward)
B Go to Previous Message (Back)
Ctrl+R Reply to Message (sender only)
Ctrl+Shift+R Reply to All in Message (all recipients)
Ctrl+Enter Send Message Now
Spacebar Scrolls through message
Enter View message in window
Tab Moves cursor between fields

printable keyboard shortcuts document (pdf)