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CUA - Common User Access: Windows Shortcut Keys

CUA keys - keys common to all windows applications
alternate key key description
F1 Help
F2 Edit
F3 Search
F5 Refresh. doesn't apply to office programs.
Ctrl F5 hard Refresh. doesn't apply to office programs.
F11 toggle Full Screen mode
F12 Opens Debugger
Ctrl F4 close current document
Alt F4 close current program
Alt F File menu
Alt T Tools menu
Alt E Edit menu
Alt V View menu
Alt I Image menu (in paint programs)
Ctrl N New document
  Ctrl S Save the current document
  Ctrl O Open an existing document
<Alt> <backspace> Ctrl Z undo the last thing you did (in some programs there is a history)
  Ctrl Y redo. undo the last undo (in some programs there is a history).
  Ctrl A Select everything
Ctrl Insert Ctrl C Copy selection to invisible clipboard
Shift Delete Ctrl X Cut selection from document/program and put into invisible clipboard
Shift Insert Ctrl V Paste selection from invisible clipboard into document/current program
  Ctrl P Print document
Ctrl F or Ctrl R Find/search/find and replace
F3 Find next occurrance (after search)
Ctrl right-arrow move to next word
Ctrl left-arrow move to previous word
spacebar toggle current checkbox or radio button
Alt activate the current window's menu bar
Tab select next control/item in window (gives it the "focus") OR in a word processor in editing, move to next tab stop.
Ctrl Tab go to next document tab. this is not a tab stop.
Esc cancel current operation
Ctrl Esc equivealent to hitting the windows-logo-flag-key
Home go to beginning of line
End go to end of line
Delete delete selection
Enter if a button has the focus/is selected, press it. if a program or document is selected, run or open it.
Alt down-arrow open selected drop-down list
Alt spacebar open windows' submenu (Restore, Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize, Close)
Shift up-arrow add previous line to text selection.
Shift down-arrow add next line to next selection.
Shift left-arrow add next item/character to selection.
Shift right-arrow add previous item/character to selection.
Ctrl Shift left-arrow add next word to selection.
Ctrl Shift right-arrow add previous word to selection.
Shift F10 display shortcut menu for current window (like right-clicking)
Ctrl Page-Up Ctrl Home go to top of document
Ctrl Page-Down Ctrl End go to end of document
  Ctrl I toggle italics mode on/off
  Ctrl B toggle bold mode on/off
  Ctrl U toggle underlining mode on/off

this is the windows-logo flag-key: windows logo key

Windows-specific keys
  <Alt> <Tab> switch between applications
  <Alt> Shift <Tab> switch between applications
  <Logo> L lock screen, which you can quickly switch users.
  <Logo> R "run" box. run anything if you know the executeable's name.
  <Logo> E Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer)
<Logo> M <Logo> D show Desktop. (minimize all programs)
Ctrl <Esc> <Logo> bring up Start menu
Ctrl Shift <Esc> Ctrl <Alt> <Delete> bring up Task Manager. on DOS machines control-alt-del reboots, on windows 9x/ME it logs you out and in 2000+ it brings up the task manager.
  <Print Screen / SysRq> screen capture (image) to the clipboard
  <Alt> <Print Screen / SysRq> capture window image to clipboard
  <Logo> F Search for/Find files on computer
  <Logo> Ctrl F find a Computer on your network
  <Logo> L lock your computer (XP+)
  <Logo> Shift M Restore all windows
  <Logo> Q quick-switch users (XP+)
  <Logo> <Pause/Break> Show System Properties control panel appplet. similar to right-clicking on My Computer.
  <Logo> U launch utility manager. used for voice narrator and screen magnifier and on-screen keyboard.
  <Logo> V open voice settings (Narrator settings window must be open)
  <Logo> <F1> windows help
  <numpad *> expand all folders from selection on out in explorer folder view (Windows Explorer)
  <numpad +> expand folder in explorer folder view (Windows Explorer)
  <numpad -> collapse folder in explorer folder view (Windows Explorer)

older microsoft windows keyboard assignments can be found in this microsoft kb article.

Windows-8-specific keyboard shortcuts can be found here.