Useful windows application shortcuts

This post is really going to amaze you. We all use certain programs in windows on a regular basis. For instance lets say notepad. I have seen many users following the long boring method of opening start menu, moving to accessories and then finally executing notepad.

Even i used to do the same but then i found out many amazing shortcuts which can save plenty of time. And now i can carry out my tasks faster than before. Since i don’t have to waste my time anymore to find the file which i want to run.

There are many shortcuts bidden on your system which will allow you to access the programs at a much faster rate than usual. To use these shortcuts all you have to do is open the run window.

In Windows XP, You can find run option in the start menu. While in Windows 7, you can directly type any shortcut by opening the start menu. But if you really want to access run window in windows 7 then you can just type in ‘run’ by opening the start menu.

Now if i want to open the notepad using the shortcut. I will just type ‘notepad’ without the quotes in the run window and hit enter. This will open the notepad.

Lets take another example. If i want to open paint, then the shortcut is mspaint. I will just type ‘mspaint’ without the quotes in the run window and hit enter. This will open the paint.

Below i have listed some very useful shortcuts alphabetically. Check them out.

Add/Remove Programs – appwiz.cpl
Adobe Photoshop (if installed)- photoshop
Calculator – calc
Adobe Acrobat (if installed) – acrobat
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard – fsquirt
*Control Panel – control
Date and Time Properties – timedate.cpl
Command Prompt – cmd
Device Manager – devmgmt.msc
Direct X Troubleshooter- dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility- cleanmgr
Disk Defragment- dfrg.msc
Disk Management- diskmgmt.msc
Firefox (if installed)- firefox
Game Controllers- joy.cpl
Help and Support- helpctr
Internet Explorer- iexplore
Keyboard Properties – control keyboard
Microsoft Chat – winchat
Microsoft Access (if installed) – access.cpl
Microsoft Excel (if installed) – excel
Microsoft Movie Maker – moviemk
Microsoft Paint – mspaint
Microsoft Powerpoint (if installed)- powerpnt
Microsoft Word (if installed)- winword
Minesweeper Game – winmine
Mouse Properties – control mouse
Notepad – notepad
Network Connections – control netconnections
Paint – pbrush
Outlook Express – msimn
Pinball Game – pinball
Real Player (if installed)- realplay
Registry Editor – regedit
Scanners and Cameras – sticpl.cpl
Security Center – wscui.cpl
Windows Explorer – explorer
Windows Firewall- firewall.cpl
Task Manager – taskmgr
Shuts Down Windows – shutdown
Windows Media Player – wmplayer
Windows Messenger – msmsgs
Wordpad – write

Note for Windows 7 users: Please note that these application shortcuts are made for the ‘run’ window. In Windows 7, you can also type these shortcuts in “search programs and files” box found in the start menu. But some results may vary. Since the search box will just find matching applications but not the right one. For example. If you type “mouse control” you will not get the mouse properties. But if you type “mouse control” in run window then you will get the mouse properties dialog box. So i recommend you to type these shortcuts using the run window. 

Listed below are my previous posts which you may like to read :

Do you have any shortcuts to share? Please comment below.

A few basic windows keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are the combination of keys which help you to run a particular program or application on your Windows computer. Keyboard shortcuts play a very important role in determining how well you can control your PC. It helps you to save plenty of time since you can access programs or your desired applications faster than ever.

Please note that this is one of my articles which may seem silly to computer experts out there. But most of my articles are basically focused on helping beginner level users.

Also note that the shortcuts i share in this post are not the only ones. You can find plenty of other shortcuts over the internet. But i am just going to share the basic shortcuts which will help you to carry out your daily tasks at a much faster rate than usual.

CTRL + C = Copy Selected Content

CTRL + X = Cut Selected Content

CTRL + V = Paste Selected Content

CTRL + A = Select All

CTRL + Z = Undo previous action

CTRL + Y = Redo previous action

SHIFT + DELETE = Delete selected content permanently

ALT + F4 = Terminate current program / Initialize Shutdown

ALT + F = File menu of current program

ALT + E = Edit menu of current program

CTRL + S = Saves current document

CTRL + B = Bold the font

CTRL + I = Italic the font

CTRL + U = Underline the font

CTRL + F = Find the content (works almost everywhere, universal shortcut)

CTRL + P = Print the current document

Windows Key = CTRL + ESCAPE = Start menu

Windows Key + D = Show the desktop

Windows Key + R = Open the Run dialog box

Windows Key + L = Lock your computer

Windows Key + E = Open My Computer Directly

ALT + TAB = Switch between current active programs

CTRL + TAB = Switch to the next tab. (Works in Internet Browsers)

CTRL + SHIFT + TAB = Switch to the previous tab. (Works in Internet Browsers)

CTRL + ALT + DELETE = Open Task Manager (in Windows XP)

CTRL + SHIFT + ESCAPE = Open Task Manager (in Windows 7)

TAB and SHIFT relation :

Note: TAB acts as forward command. While using SHIFT + TAB reverses the command.

Tab and Shift keys play a very important role. If you lose your mouse, shift and tab keys will help you to navigate through your computer.

You can find more info at : How to navigate windows using a keyboard

You may also like to read: Windows 7 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

How to navigate windows using a keyboard

Sometimes a situation may arise when your mouse stops working or you might have to work on a computer which has no mouse attached to it. Are you prepared for facing such situation? Perhaps not.

I have undergone such situation. I had to live without a mouse for about a week. In the beginning it was total frustration to use a PC without the mouse. But then i figured out how to operate and navigate around my computer just by using my keyboard.

In this post i will share some important tips on how to navigate your computer using a keyboard. Lets begin with the very basic thing.. The Start menu !

Open the Start Menu

To open the start menu you can either press the Windows Key on your keyboard or just use the key combination of CTRL + ESCAPE. Once your start menu is open, you can navigate by using the Arrow keys!

Access Desktop

If you are not on the desktop then you can access desktop by holding down Windows Key + D.

Opening the shortcut / program on your Desktop

If you are currently on the desktop and want to execute certain shortcut or program on your desktop. Then TAB key will help you out. First of all you have to understand that your desktop is divided into different areas. I don’t know how do i exactly define them. So i would use my own language for defining these areas. They can be classified as icons area, start menu area, taskbar tray area.

If you press TAB key then you will switch between these areas. You might have to press TAB key several times to access the icons area on your desktop.

If you press TAB key and a desktop icon gets selected then it indicates that you are currently on the icons area. Pressing TAB key again will switch you over to start menu area. Pressing the TAB key once again will switch you over to the taskbar tray area.

Once you get on your desired area, you can navigate using the Arrow keys. And then when you have selected your desired shortcut, you can just hit enter on your keyboard to run that shortcut or program!

Closing, Minimizing, Maximizing, Moving a Window

Closing a window is very easy. All you have to do is press CTRL + F4 and you are done! In addition, you can even close the window by hitting ALT + SPACEBAR and then choosing the “close” option from the drop down menu.

Minimizing, Maximizing and Moving the Window, These options can be made available by hitting ALT + SPACEBAR. This combination will trigger a drop down menu of the current window.

Note that: If window is maximized then a ‘restore’ option will be available. And if it is in windowed mode then a ‘maximize’ option will be available. In order to move a window your current window must not be in ‘maximized’ state.

Switching between open windows, applications and programs

To switch between any program running on your screen you can use the very popular key combination – ALT + TAB. Hold down ALT + TAB to see all the open windows. Pressing TAB key while the ALT key is held will select the next open window. Letting go off ALT + TAB will switch over to the currently selected window. Experiment it yourself for better understanding !

Scrolling in a Window

You scroll the window or the page with the help of PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, HOME, END, or with the help of Arrow Keys.

Right Clicking on an icon

If you want to click on any icon without the aid of a mouse. Then you should first select your desired icon on which you want to perform the right click operation. Then after just hold SPACEBAR + F10 and your right click operation will be performed.

Also Check out: Windows 7 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts