Appendix D. The Master Keyboard Shortcut List

Here it is, by popular, frustrated demand: The master list of every secret (or not-so-secret) keystroke in Windows 7. Clip and post to your monitor (unless, of course, you got this book from the library).

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

To do this

Press this key

Open a new window

Ctrl+N

Close the current window

Ctrl+W

Create a new folder

Ctrl+Shift+N

Display the bottom/top of the active window

End/Home

Maximize or minimize the active window

F11

Rotate a picture clockwise

Ctrl+period (.)

Rotate a picture counterclockwise

Ctrl+comma (,)

Display all subfolders under the selected folder

Num Lock+* on numeric keypad

Display the contents of the selected folder

Num Lock+plus (+) on numeric keypad

Collapse the selected folder

Num Lock+minus (-) on numeric keypad

Collapse the current selection (if expanded), or select parent folder

Open the Properties dialog box for selected item

Alt+Enter

Display the preview pane

Alt+P

Back to the previous folder

Alt+← or Backspace

Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Next folder

Alt+→

Open the parent folder

Alt+↑

Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl+Shift+E

Enlarge/shrink file and folder icons

Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel

Select the address bar

Alt+D

Select the Search box

Ctrl+E, Ctrl+F

General keyboard shortcuts

Open the Start menu

or Ctrl+Esc

Help

F1

Copy the selected item

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)

Cut the selected item

Ctrl+X

Paste ...

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