Part 2: ALT and SHIFT Windows Shortcuts to Save You Time

Last blog entry was on Function and CTRL keys Window shortcuts. Now it's time for ALT and SHIFT shortcuts.

A few terms I'll use include:

Active Window: Your current Window. Say you have a bunch of File Explorer Windows open - the active one is the one you last clicked on.

Window: File Explorer.

Program: Examples include Microsoft Word, Excel,  Internet Explorer, and Solitaire. 

Item: Examples include a folder, a shortcut, a file. 


Alt + Tab: Switch between your open programs and windows.

Alt + F4: Close currently active windows/ program.

Alt + Esc: Go through open Windows/ Programs by order in which they were opened.

Alt + Enter: Display properties of selected item.

Alt + Spacebar: Open shortcut menu for currently active Window.


Shift + Delete: Delete currently selected item without it going to the Recycle Bin.

Shift + Tab: Cycle though options in Dialog Box.

Shift + F10: Display Shortcut many of currently selected item.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Task Manager.

Ctrl + Shift + N: Create new folder in File Explorer.

Next blog will be covering the Windows Logo Key Shortcuts.