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What’s a Shortcut Key?
In many cases it’s exactly what its name implies:  Pressing one or more keyboard keys to perform the same function as many keystrokes.

Example
You’re writing the next Great American Novel and an often referenced character is John J. Jingleheimer.  To included him in your text you might re-type the 20 character string of letters every time Mr. Jingleheimer makes an appearance, OR, you could simply assign the 20 characters to a key or combination of keys, say ‘CTRL+J’.

Now, each appearance of John would require you to only type CTRL+J, saving 18 keystrokes each time he appears.

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Keypress or SequenceDoes This . . .
Widows Key + ROpens the Run menu
Widows Key + EOpens File Explorer
Alt + TabSwitch between open programs
Widows Key + Up ArrowMaximize Window
Widows Key + Down ArrowMinimize Window
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpens Task Manager
Widows Key + BreakOpens System Properties
Widows Key + FOpens search for files and folders
Widows Key + DHide / Display Windows Desktop
Alt + EscSwitch between programs in the order in which they were opened
Alt + LetterSelect Menu Item by underlined letter
Ctrl + Right ArrowAdvance Cursor by one word
Ctrl + Left ArrowMove Cursor Back one word
Ctrl + Up ArrowMove Cursor Forward by one paragraph
Ctrl + Down ArrowMove Cursor Back one paragraph
F1Open HELP Menu for active application
Widows Key + MMinimize all Windows
Shift + Windows Key + MRestore Windows that were minimized by above
Windows Key + F1Opens Windows Help and Support
Widows Key + TabOpen Task View
Widows Key + BreakOpen System Properties Dialog Box
Left Alt + Left Shift + Num LockTurn Mouse keys on/off
Hold Num Lock for five secondsSwitch Toggle keys on and off
Press Shift Key Quickly Five TimesSwitch Sticky Keys on / off