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Explorer Keys
When you are using Windows Explorer you can use the F5 key to refresh the current display. This is useful if you have created a file and it has not appeared in the explorer window. Another useful key is F2, when you want to rename a file you normally have a few menu clicks or two slow clicks of the mouse to rename the file. Well pressing F2 has the same effect. A great time saver. Another key you can use if F3 to display the Find dialog.

David Hutcheson submitted the following keys which work any where:

  • Pressing the windows key and e key simultaneously will start a copy of explorer
  • Pressing the windows key and f key simultaneously will start a copy of find file
  • Pressing the windows key and r key simultaneously will display the run dialog.

Jason Hovey submitted the following keys:

These are general keys that work anywhere:

  • Windows key + R run dialog
  • Windows key + M minimize all
  • Shift + Windows key + M Undo minimize all
  • Windows key + F1 Windows Help
  • Windows key + E Windows Explorer
  • Windows key + F Find Files or Folders
  • CTRL + Windows key + F Find Computer
  • Windows key + Tab Cycle through taskbar buttons
  • Windows key + Break PSS Hotkey (System properties)

The following keys work in explorer:

  • F4 (explorer) Display the combo box
  • F6 Switches between panes
  • CTRL + g (explorer) goto
  • CTRL + z undo
  • CTRL + a select all
  • Backspace goes to parent folder
  • SHIFT + <close> closes current folder and all parent folders
  • Num* Expands everything under selection
  • Num Keypad - expands selection
  • Num Keypad + collapses selection
  • Right arrow expands current selection if it's collapsed; otherwise goes to the first child
  • Left arrow collapses current selection if it's expanded; otherwise goes to the parent

If you know any other keys let me know and remember the desktop is just a explorer window!


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