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Windows Shortcut Keys
|Key Combination||Description||Windows versions|
|Windows security dialog.||All|
|System properties dialog.||All|
|Opens Accessibility options (if installed)||Win 7|
|Opens Control Panel||Win 7|
|Toggle between minimize all windows and restoring them, i.e. "show desktop"||Win 7, Vista, XP, W2K|
|Open Windows Explorer.||All|
|Opens search files dialog. Find files dialog in earlier versions of windows.||All|
|Opens search computers dialog.||All|
|Opens Windows Help.||All|
|Lock workstation.||Win 7, Vista, XP|
|Minimize all windows||All|
|Restore from minimize all windows.||All|
|Opens keyboard properties dialog.||Win 7|
|Opens Mouse Properties dialog||Win 7|
|Starts Print Manager.||Win 7|
|Toggle CAPS LOCK.||Win 7|
|Task switcher - cycle tasks, from left to right.||All|
|Task switcher - cycle tasks, from right to left.||All|
|Cycle across the taskbar (does not switch tasks). Switch between windows in Vista.||All|
|Cycles between Start, Quick Launch toolbar and System tray.||Win 7|
|Opens the Utility Manager; Ease of Access Manager in Vista.||Win 7, Vista, XP, W2K|
|Starts clipboard.||Win 7|
|Displays list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys||Win 7|
|Cycles through programs in most recently used order.||All|
|Snapshot of screen to clipboard.||All|
|Snapshot of current window to clipboard.||All|
- With the , , and keys, press and hold down these keys and then press the other key before releasing.
- "All" in the table above means all versions of windows since and including Windows NT 4. I do not know which key combinations work on earlier versions of Windows than NT 4.
The following key combinations work with terminal services and remote desktop and are not processed by the client:
|Windows security dialog.
Similar to CTRL + ALT + DEL.
|Task switcher - cycle tasks, from left to right.
Similar to ALT + TAB.
|Task switcher - cycle tasks, from right to left.
Similar to SHIFT + ALT + TAB.
|Cycles through programs in most recently used order.
Similar to ALT + ESC.
Similar to CTRL + ESC.
|Switches between full screen and not full screen.|
|Displays Windows menu.|
|Snapshot of client window area to terminal server clipboard.
Similar to ALT + PrintScreen.
|Snapshot of active window to terminal server clipboard.
Similar to PrintScreen.
These notes have been tested with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows W2K and Windows NT4.
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