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Windows-Shortcuts Last week we did a poll on Top 5 Firefox shortcuts Top 5 Firefox Shortcuts You Can't Live Without [Poll] Top 5 Firefox Shortcuts You Can't Live Without [Poll] Read More . It turned out great, after 550 + votes we had our top 5 shortcuts.

The cool part about running such a poll was that it especially helped those users who had never used shorcuts before. Instead of randomly jumping at the long list of shotcuts ,they could see what are the top recommended ones and start with them instead.

Today we are extending the top shortcuts idea to Windows. This time, tell us about your favorite Windows shortcuts. So please vote on your top Windows shortcuts below.

You can select up to 5 shortcuts. The Win stands for Windows button (see image above). If your favorite shortcut isn’t listed then make sure to include ‘Other’ in your vote and mention the shortcut in comments.


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  1. joe
    December 31, 2009 at 7:34 am

    ctrl f
    copy paste cut
    alt tab

  2. John Baima
    July 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Tough one. I sacrificed Ctrl+Alt+Del for Alt+Tab. I only use Ctrl+Alt+Del once at bootup and keep it open always. Alt+Tab however survives when explorer.exe is killed, and is responsive when everything else isn't. Love it.

    Also, I love the AutoHotkey Script I made that makes Ctrl+Alt+F4 kill the process of the current active window (or restart explorer.exe if none are selected).

  3. Joseph Z.
    July 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    F2 for rename is one that I find useful every single day. I didn't know about it until a few months ago, but it saves a lot of clicks.

    And there's always CTR-ARROW/SHIFT-CTRL-ARROW to move by word or section (which I use constantly). I wanted that function back in the days of Win 3.11.

  4. thebeard03
    July 21, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    [win]+s, s --> shutdown

  5. Altzan
    July 21, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I love Win-L, a fast way to lock my computer.
    I use Ctrl + V,C,X a lot as well, along with Ctrl + Alt + Del, and Ctrl + A.
    The rest were unfamiliar to me.

  6. ctrl+enter
    July 21, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    in the internet explorer address bar (i think firefox & opera too) use ctrl + enter to auto complete

  7. Mackenzie
    July 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Windows Break. It gets the System Info box up so you can check out the hardware. I use it to quickly find if a computer will be Linux compatible.

    ^C, ^V, and ^X aren't Windows-specific, though....neither is Alt+Tab.

    And the "Windows" key is really the Super key. It's the same as the Apple key, the Sun diamond key, and the Ubuntu key. They're all just universally the Super key, for those times when hardware and software disagree.

  8. RandyN
    July 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Ctrl + Shift + Esc --> brings up task manager

  9. James
    July 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    alt+space -> ever loose the top part of window above the screen? alt+space opens a menu that alows you to navigate to the move option so even if the top of a window is above your screen you can move it back down.

    way usefull

  10. Rarst
    July 21, 2008 at 9:42 am


    Second place to shortcut that historically means "in case of trouble". Says something about OS, doesn't it? (disclaimer - I am happy Windows user, just found it funny) :)

  11. coonj
    July 21, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Goes right to Task Manager (skips that menu you get from ALT+CTRL+DELETE)

  12. betty
    July 21, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Ctrl+F to search the open window

  13. Sasha Kovaliov
    July 21, 2008 at 7:59 am

    I would like to vote for all :)
    Really use them all

  14. idodialog
    July 21, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V would be high but i use the Forward-Back buttons on my mouse for that and would never use a three button mouse for that very reason. Utterly invaluable. But my top one is to call up the wonderful Launchy with Alt+Space (I think that's the default, tho I can't remember now). Opens anything, does lots. I use the Win button a lot when some full screen app wont let me get to the task bar.

  15. Brian Kelley
    July 21, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Win + M (Minimize all windows)

  16. Jeff Jensen
    July 21, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Use this great utility to extend the windows key.,5506-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html. Just don't ever tell your friend to come over because you want to show him your Winkey. I made that mistake. HAHAHA

  17. Niko Belic
    July 21, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Win + Pause/Break brings up system properties (Device manager, System restore, updates, performance settings etc. etc.), very useful

  18. Chetan Sachdev
    July 21, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I too prefer Ctrl+Shift+Esc for Task manager.

  19. Naugahyde
    July 20, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    The site says Ctrl+Alt+Delete for the Task Manager, but it's actually Ctrl+Alt+Esc that brings you directly there.

    • AttmayMB61489
      July 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm

      Actually, I think it's Ctrl+Shift+Esc... I was going to comment the same thing! Also, I find Win+Space to be very helpful. It brings up the Vista Sidebar.

  20. FekketCantenel
    July 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Since my ergonomic keyboard has no WIN key, I have Locate32 mapped to CTRL+ALT+F, but I still voted for WIN+F, since it's the same basic idea.

    I absolutely can't live without ALT+TAB, and I don't know how people go without using it!

  21. Simon
    July 20, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I personally never use the Alt-Tab shortcut, but it's bound to be one of the most popular here. One shortcut I can't live without is the WinKey+R shortcut, besides, of course, the ubiquitous Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C/V/X shortcuts

    • Aibek
      July 21, 2008 at 1:51 am

      Yeah, Win + R is definitely a must use one, though in that case the person should be also familiar with Run commands.

  22. Bart
    July 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I am surprised to find out that so far I am the only one to vote on Alt + F/E shortcut. :?

    • Pint
      July 21, 2008 at 6:23 am

      Yes. Except i didn t know the alt+ F/E. I just use alt which takes me to the menu and use the arrows to go left/right and then up and down once in th right menu.

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