Common keyboard shortcuts in Windows XP

This page lists the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts in Windows XP. These are useful for people who have difficulty using a mouse or want to reduce the amount they use the mouse.

Common keyboard shortcuts in Windows XP

  • F1 - Display the help file for the current programme.
  • Alt + letter - Activate the menu represented by a particular letter that is underlined in the menu bar. For example, you can access the 'File' drop-down menu by pressing Alt + F.
  • Ctrl + Z - Undo the last action.
  • Alt + Tab - Quickly switch between currently running programmes.
  • Windows key + D - Show your desktop.
  • Windows key + E - Start Windows Explorer.
  • Windows key + U - Open the 'Utility Manager' dialogue box for controlling accessibility options.
  • Ctrl + C - Copy selected text/graphics to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + V - Paste text/graphics from the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + X - Cut selected text/graphics (a copy is saved to the clipboard).

Note: A more comprehensive list of shortcuts can be found on the Microsoft website: Keyboard shortcuts for Windows.

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