Useful keyboard shortcuts

This page provides an overview of keyboard shortcuts that can help you use your desktop and applications more efficiently. If you cannot use a mouse or pointing device at all, see Use the keyboard instead of a mouse for more information on navigating user interfaces with only the keyboard.

Getting around the desktop

Alt+F1 or the Super key

Bring up all of your open windows so that you can pick which window to go to quickly.

Alt+F2

Pop up command window (for quickly running commands)

Super+Tab

Quickly switch between windows. Hold down Shift for reverse order.

Super+`

Switch between windows from the same application, or from the selected application after Super+Tab.

This shortcut uses ` on US keyboards, where the ` key is above Tab. On all other keyboards, the shortcut is Super plus the key above Tab.

Ctrl+Alt+Tab

Give keyboard focus to the task bar, message tray or the windows.

Super+A

Show the list of applications.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Quit applications.

Super+L

Lock the screen.

Super+M

Open the message tray. Press Super+M again or Esc to close.

Common editing shortcuts

Ctrl+A

Select all text or items in a list.

Ctrl+X

Cut (remove) selected text or items and place it on the clipboard.

Ctrl+C

Copy selected text or items to the clipboard.

Ctrl+V

Paste the contents of the clipboard.

Ctrl+Z

Undo the last action.

Capturing from the screen

Prnt Scrn

Take a screenshot.

Alt+Prnt Scrn

Take a screenshot of a window.

Shift+Prnt Scrn

Take a screenshot of an area of the screen. The pointer changes to a crosshair. Click and drag to select an area.

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R

Start and end screencast recording.