No matter how convenient computer mouse, many of the actions are performed much faster using the keyboard. For this there are the so-called “hotkeys” and shortcut keys, about which, unfortunately, does not know everything. Your hotkeys in every program, but there are some common hot keys in Windows. The land of the Soviets tell you about the most common hotkeys in Windows XP and Windows 7.

Hotkeys in Windows XP

The most common hot keys in Windows XP are Ctrl, Alt, Shift and Win keyboard shortcuts with other keys. The Win key is on the left, between the Ctrl and Alt keys. It shows the emblem of Windows OS. Hot keys in Windows XP are pressed as follows: first press the first key, and then - the second, while not releasing the first one.

The most common hot keys in Windows XP, the following:

  • Key Win or a combination Ctrl Esc open the “start menu”.
  • Hotkeys Ctrl Shift Esc cause the app “task Manager”.
  • The combination of Ctrl Alt Del causes a security dialog Windows (for example, if the computer crashes) and is used to a soft (hot) reboot.
  • The combination of Win E starts Windows Explorer.
  • Using combination of Win + R a dialog window “Run program”.
  • Hotkeys Win D minimize all current Windows user or cancel this operation. Also for these purposes keys Win M (hide) and Win Shift M (to cancel).
  • Clicking Win F1. you can call the Windows help.
  • To search for files on your computer press Win F or Win Ctrl F.
  • To switch between buttons on the taskbar are the shortcuts Win Tab or Win Shift Tab.
  • To block the AutoPlay of the CD-ROM, insert the disc and press Shift.
  • Hotkeys Alt Enter allow switch to full screen mode or exit it.
  • The combination of Alt F4 closes the current window (app). If you apply this combination with “clean” desktop, it will open the shutdown dialog of the OS.
  • Key F2 is used to rename object.
  • Key Enter opens the selected file, press Del – remove the basket, and the combination Shift Del removes “by” basket forever.

Hotkeys in Windows XP to work with the clipboard:

  • Key Printscreen (PrtScr) copies the screenshot to the clipboard.
  • The combination of Alt Printscreen copy screenshot of current active window or application.
  • Ctrl A – select all.
  • Ctrl C (Ctrl Insert) – copy to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl X – cut to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + V (Shift + Insert) insert from the clipboard.

These hot keys work with text and objects. It should be remembered that when working with the command line Ctrl C and Ctrl V may not work, and instead need to use Ctrl Insert, Shift Insert.
Hot keys in Windows XP, used by most applications:

  • Ctrl N (New) – create a new file.
  • Ctrl S (Save) saves the file.
  • Ctrl O (Open)- opens an already saved file.
  • Ctrl P (Print) – print the file.
  • Ctrl Z – cancels the previous action.
  • Ctrl + F4 – close the current file without closing the whole program.
  • Ctrl F6 – switching between open files.
  • F11 or Alt Enter – switch to fullscreen mode or back.
  • Press Enter equivalent to clicking the selected button in a dialog box.

Hotkeys in Windows 7

Most hot keys Windows XP work in Windows 7, but new features this operating system has led to the emergence of new combinations of hot keys.

Hotkeys in Windows 7:

  • Win Tab – switch between Windows mode Flip3D, and Win T – switch between open apps with thumbnail previews in the taskbar.
  • Shift-click on the application icon in the taskbar launch second copy of the application.
  • Win # (number key) launch second copy of the application in the taskbar. Number key corresponds to the number of app icons in the panel.
  • Shift Ctrl click on the application icon in the taskbar – run application with administrator privileges.
  • Win Space (space) – make all Windows transparent (if you have enabled Windows Aero).
  • Win Home – minimize all Windows except the active one.
  • Win Win Plus and Minus  - Start the magnifier and zoom in / out the screen.
  • Win G – move the gadgets on top of Windows.

Hot keys in Windows can greatly facilitate and speed up the work with the PC. And absolutely does not matter the version of your operating system - there are their hotkeys in Windows XP, and in addition to them appeared hot keys in Windows 7.