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HP PCs - Keyboard Shortcuts, Hotkeys, and Special Keys (Windows)

This document is for HP computers with Windows.
Discover useful keyboard features in Windows that can make navigation, tasks, and functions quicker and easier.
Common keyboard shortcuts
Use key press combinations to perform common tasks in Windows.
  note:
The Windows key on your keyboard is labeled as a Windows flag icon or and is used in many key press combinations.
Task
Keystroke
Result
Get help
F1
Get help about the software or app that is currently active. For help with Windows, press F1 while at the Windows desktop.
Copy
Ctrl + C
Copy a selection to the Windows clipboard to be pasted later.
Paste
Ctrl + V
Paste a previously cut or copied selection into an app.
Cut
Ctrl + X
Delete a selection and copy it to the Windows clipboard to be pasted later.
Save
Ctrl + S
Save a file from the currently active app.
Undo an action
Ctrl + Z
Undo the last action done in Windows. Repeat this keypress to continue undoing previous actions.
Bold text
Ctrl + B
Apply bold emphasis to selected text while text is being edited.
Underline text
Ctrl + U
Underline selected text while text is being edited.
Italicize text
Ctrl + I
Apply italicized emphasis to selected text while text is being edited.
Destroy a file
Shift + Delete
Delete a selected file in Windows without moving it to the Recycle Bin. The file is permanently deleted.
File properties
Alt + Enter (or double-click)
Quickly find a file's property information. The key press works from the desktop, File Explorer, or Windows Explorer.
Screenshot
Prt Scr (Print Screen)
Copy a picture of the screen to the Windows clipboard to be pasted as a graphic later. On some laptops, you may need to press and hold Fn before pressing Prt Scr.
Take a picture of a window
Shift + Prt Scr (Print Screen)
Copy a picture of the current window (not the entire screen) to the Windows clipboard to be pasted as a graphic later.
Close a window or web page
With the window active, press Alt + F4 (Function key F4)
Close the currently active window or app. This task can be useful when you want to close a webpage that does not have a close window button.
Shut down or restart Windows
With the Windows desktop active, press Alt + F4 (Function key F4)
Open a window where you can select power functions, such as Log off, Sleep, Hibernate, Restart and Shut down.
Open the Start menu or Start screen
The Windows key or
Ctrl + Esc
Open or close the Start menu or Start screen.
Open a window menu or menu item
Alt + the letter key matching the underlined letter of the menu or menu item
Instead of using a mouse to open menus or select items within menus, use this key press combination.
Open a right-click (contextual) menu
Shift + F10 (Function key F10)
Instead of using a mouse to right-click an item in Windows, use this key press combination.
Run a command
Windows key + R
Open the Run dialog box to type Windows commands.
Switch between apps
Alt + Tab
Display all active windows. Switch to another window by repeatedly pressing the tab key while holding down the Alt key.
Minimize window
Windows key + Down arrow
Remove the current window from view without closing. You can access the window again by clicking the tray icon.
Maximize window
Windows key + Up arrow
Change the size of the current window to fill the entire screen.
Minimize all windows
Windows key + M
Minimize all active windows.
Restore all minimized windows
Windows key + Shift + M
Restore all active windows that were minimized to the system tray.
Ease of Access Center
Windows key + U
Open accessibility features, such as screen reading, high contrast screens, mouse alternative options, and more.
Open Task Manager
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Open the task manager utility to monitor currently running tasks and network activity.
Open System Properties
Windows key + Pause / Break
Open System Properties for quick access to basic system information and links to other helpful system tools.
Windows 10 and 8 shortcuts
Use key press combinations to quickly access common functions in Windows 10 and 8.
Function
Keystroke
Result
Start menu
Windows key
or
Ctrl + Esc
Open or close the Start menu or Start screen.
Search
Windows key + S (Windows 10)
Windows key + F (Windows 8)
Open a search window to find files, folders, apps, settings, and websites.
Search for computers
Windows key + Ctrl + F
Find computers on a local network.
Share
Windows key + H
Open the Share menu where you can send files or messages to others.
File Explorer
Windows key + E
Open a File Explorer window to browse the files and folders on your computer.
Settings
Windows key + I
Open a Settings window where you can change the behavior of features in Windows.
Connect to devices
Windows key + K
Open the Connect or Devices view to connect to Bluetooth devices.
Lock the computer
Windows key + L
Lock the computer to prevent unauthorized access while you are away.
Clock
Windows key + C
Open the clock in Windows 8. In Windows 10, the clock is always visible and a key press is not needed.
Screen orientation lock
Windows key + O
Prevent or allow the screen to rotate when the display device is rotated, if supported.
Advanced Settings
Windows key + X
Open the Advanced Settings menu.
View active apps
Windows key + Tab
Resize and display all currently active windows to fit proportionally on the screen (thumbnail view). Use this view to quickly see everything currently running and to close or switch between windows. Repeat this key press to return the windows to their previous size and placement.
Windows desktop
Windows key + D
Hide the Start screen or minimize all active windows and menus to display the desktop. Repeat this key press to restore the previous view.
Snap a Window
Windows key + Left arrow or Right arrow
Move and resize the current window to the left or right half of the screen.
Save a screenshot
Windows key + Prt Scr (Print Screen)
Saves a picture of your screen as a PNG graphic file to a Screenshots folder in your Pictures library.
Windows 7 shortcuts
Use key press combinations to quickly access common functions in Windows 7.
Function
Keystroke
Result
Start menu
Windows key
or
Ctrl + Esc
Open or close the Start menu.
File Explorer
Windows key + E
Open Windows Explorer window to browse the files and folders on your computer.
Search for files
Windows key + F
Open a Search results window to find a file or folder on your computer.
Search for computers
Windows key + Ctrl + F
Find computers on a local network.
Lock the computer
Windows key + L
Lock the computer to prevent unauthorized access while you are away.
Mobility Center (for mobile devices)
Windows key + X
Open the Mobility Center menu for quick access to functions used most often on laptops and mobile devices: volume, battery status, wireless network, etc.
Windows desktop
Windows key + D
Minimize all active windows and menus and display the desktop. Repeat this key press to restore the previous view.
Snap a Window
Windows key + Left arrow or Right arrow
Move and resize the current window to the left or right half of the screen.
Keys with icons or symbols
Most keyboards come with special symbols applied to the function keys. Your HP keyboard might have extra keys or buttons with icons as well. Use this section to understand the meaning of those icons and symbols.
  note:
On most laptop keyboards, you must press and hold the fn key before pressing the key with the symbol to perform the function.
Task
Symbol
Meaning
Enable wireless
Turn wireless Internet on or off. There is usually an LED or on-screen notification to indicate the status of Wi-Fi: on, off, or on and not connected. This symbol key does not turn on Bluetooth.
Airplane mode
Enable or disable all wireless communications from the computer.
Presentation mode
Switch to another display mode when an external display is connected.
Illuminate the keyboard
If your laptop is equipped with an illuminated keyboard, turn keyboard illumination on or off.
Search
Open a search window to find files, folders, apps, settings, and websites.
Decrease screen brightness
Dim the brightness of the built-in display screen.
Increase screen brightness
Increase the brightness of the built-in display screen.
Menu / Right-click
Open a right-click menu.
Copy
Copy selection to clipboard. Same as pressing CTRL + C.
Lock the computer
Exit Windows to the sign-in screen.
Suspend the computer
Place the computer in sleep or suspend mode.
Mute
Silence the speakers or headphones. Repeat the press to allow sound.
Volume down
Decrease the volume of speakers or headphones.
Volume up
Increase the volume of speakers or headphones.
Play / Pause media
Play or pause media, such as music or videos. This key does not work unless media is active.
Stop media
Stop playback of media, such as music or videos. This key does not work unless media is active.
Skip (media)
Play next section or track of audio or video.
Previous (media)
Restart current media from the beginning. If pressed repeatedly, plays the previous track or clip.
Share
Open the Share menu where you can send files or messages to others.
Settings
Open a Settings window where you can change the behavior of features in Windows.
Scroll Lock
Activates or deactivates scroll lock. Scroll lock uses the arrow keys to move within a window instead of using a mouse and the scroll bar. Scroll lock is only used by a few software apps, such as Microsoft Excel.
Connect to devices
Open the Connect or Devices view where you can connect to Bluetooth devices.
Arrange app view
Display apps side-by-side for simultaneous viewing.
Switch apps
Switch between open apps.
Show app commands
Show the app commands that are available for the app that is currently open.
List apps
List apps that are open in the background.
Connect to the Internet
Open the default Internet browser.
Frequently asked questions
Answers to common questions about using extended keyboard features.

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