Keyboard Shortcuts or simple Shortcuts keys, as theis name suggest are the key combinations which provides a shortcut of navigating and executing a command in computer software programs. You can speed up to computing experience by using more shortcut keys. Shortcut kyes are usually accessed by using the Alt Key(on IBM compatible PC), Command Key(on Apple Computers), Ctrl Key (pronounced as control key), Shift Key in conjunction with another key. In general typing a shortcut key combination is done by a modifier key, a plus symbol, and another key. For Example (Ctrl + s) which tells you to press and hold the Ctrl Key and then press the S key too.
General Windows Keyboard Shortcut Keys
Alt + Tab
Switch between open applications.
Alt + Shift + Tab
Switch between open applications. in reverse direction.
Ctrl + Tab
Switches between program groups, tabs, or document windows in applications.
Alt + double-click
Shows the properties of the object you double-click. For Ex. Double-clicking on a file would display its properties.
Alt + Print Screen
Create a screen shot only for the active program. For example, if you opened the calculator and press Alt+PrtScr only the calculator window would be created as a screen shot. But if you just use the PrtScr then the whole screen will be made into a screen shot.
Ctrl + Alt + Del
Shows Windows option for locking computer, switching user, Task Manager, etc. in Windows 7, Windows 8. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del on multiple occasions will Reset the computer.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Opens Windows Task Manager in Windows 2000 and later.
Ctrl + Esc
Opens Windows Start menu in most versions of Windows. But in Windows 8 opens the Start screen.
Alt + Space bar
Shows window control menu for the currently open Windows program.
Shift + Del
Will delete any file or other object without throwing it into the Recycle Bin.
Hold down the Shift key
When putting in an Auto Run CD, holding down the Shift key will prevent that CD from being Auto Run.