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The Web's Most Complete list of Keyboard Shortcut Keys!  

[NOTE: This is a 'Beta' Release, for testing.  It is still under development.

Most of the indicated shortcut keys work, but not all.  The completed version will appear later this year. ]

3 Wisekeys                                            

Winkey Keyboard       Ctrl Keyboard

WisePad       EnterModified Pad         

Other Hotkeys       Accessibility keys

Browser Hotkeys     



           (Use 'ctrl' and your scroll wheel together to change the text size of this page)


       The secret to fast, easy, efficient computing is using lots of shortcuts, as the pros do.   Keyboard shortcuts, ( called 'hotkeys'), are far faster than a mouse.   However, who can remember all the shortcut keys?  And each program uses different keys, and even they change with the versions.   So few people bother.

        WiseIdea is changing all this.   You don't need to remember anything, -- you can SEE all the shortcuts at once!
        Just press the '7home' key on the Numerical Pad (on the right side of your keyboard), to see a picture-view of all the hotkeys.  (The  NumLock light must be 'Off', and WiseIdea Keyboard running. )  'Hovering' your mouse over any of the pictured keys will show a 'hover hint' explaining better what the shortcut-key does.   Or, click the 'Help' button to come to this page, where every key is explained in detail.   After you use a hotkey a number of times, it becomes second nature, and you no longer have to look at the 'Keyboard Picture' to remember what it is.    Screenshot of 'Picture Keyboard'
        Alternately, you can  press the winkey+K keys to see that same pic-view. ( The winkey is the key with the 'windows' logo on it, usually between the ctrl and alt keys.  When using a combo-hotkey, such as ctrl+C {for copying}, you hold down the first key 'Ctrl', while you then press the second key 'C'. )


        We make the same hotkeys work the same way on most all programs.
        And, we put many new shortcuts right on the WisePad (the 'numpad', or numerical pad, with numlock off. (see Below).

        For example, the  *  and / keys on the WisePad will zoom the screen larger or smaller, in almost all programs. 
        We also are continuously adding many more functions and shortcuts.
        Future versions will allow you to disable or change any of these hotkeys, or functions, as you wish. (For example, you could return to the normal use of the numlock key, and numpad, if you wish. )

        (Note: The keyboard-picture-view is optimized for monitor resolutions of 1024 x 768.) 
        Click the above links, or scroll below, (or PageUp/Down keys) for the ever growing list of functions and shortcuts:



 'The 3 Wise Keys':

Many computer users are annoyed to find that the 'PrtScr' key won't print the screen, the 'Scroll Lock' key won't effect scrolling, and the 'Pause/Break' key won't pause anything. They're sometimes known as 'The 3 Dumb keys'.

We change that.

And so we rename them: 'The 3 Wise Keys'.


PAUSE/BREAK Key: Pressing this key instantly hides all windows, and starts your screensaver. Even if you stop the screensaver, only the bare desktop shows. (Use the task bar, at bottom of screen, to return to your open windows.)


Winkey+Pause: Opens the 'System Properties' dialog.


SCROLL LOCK Key: [ In our next version, this will be a gateway to many new, easy scrolling and navigation features. Watch for our updates. ]


'PrtScr' Key: [ In our next version, this will allow features such as a one touch 'capturing' of whatever is showing on your monitor, and auto-saving it as an image file stored in 'My Documents'. Also will access Print functions. ]



The winkey keyboard:

The Winkey (or 'windows' key) is the key with the 'Windows®' logo on it, usually between the ctrl and alt keys. Combo-hotkeys that use the winkey as its modifier are usually 'Global Keys', that is, they are shortcuts that can be used from anywhere, at anytime in your computing, no matter what program is active in the main window.

Simply press and hold the winkey, then press one of the below keys to get that function.


Winkey+UP Arrow key: Maximizes the active window

Winkey+Down Arrow key: Restores the active window, to previous size

Winkey+Left Arrow key: Minimizes the active window

Winkey+Right Arrow key: Moves the active window [this function will be added in next version. ]

[ Arranged here in their order on a Qwerty keyboard ]

Winkey+F1: Opens the MS Windows® Help files

Winkey+F12: Display: Opens the Windows Display Properties panel, at the 'Appearance' tab, to set system Colors, etc.

Winkey+!1: WiseWord: Allows instant opening of any file or folder or program, simply by beginning to type its name. [This function will be added in next version.]

Winkey+@2: Email: Opens your Email program or email website. [This function will be added in next version.]

>Winkey+Q: QuickSave: [This function will be added in next version.]

Winkey+W: WebBookmarks: [This function will be added in next version.]

Winkey+E: WinExplorer: Opens Windows Explorer/My Computer

Winkey+R: Opens the 'Run' command

Winkey+U: Accessibility: Opens the MS Accessibility features. We will add more features in future.

Winkey+I: Internet Options [This function will be added in next version.]

Winkey+A: Audio: Opens the Audio control panel

Winkey+S: Search Google.

Winkey+D: Desktop: Shows the Desktop

Winkey+F: Find Files

Winkey+K: Keyboard Shows the WiseIdea Keyboard screen, with all keyboard shortcuts, and options.

Winkey+L: Logout: Opens the MS Logout/Shutdown screen.

Winkey+C: Control Panel (Opens this)

Winkey+V: View Display: Opens the Windows Display Properties panel, 'Appearance' tab, to set system Colors, etc.

Winkey+M: Mouse: Opens the main 'Mouse' control dialog



The ctrl keyboard:

The 'Control' key, (or 'ctrl' ) is the original hotkey modifier. Mostly these are 'program' hotkeys, as each program uses them differently. However, a few of them are nearly universal, and we list them here:

Press and hold the 'ctrl' key, then also press the second key:

Ctrl+Y: Redo the last change

Ctrl+U: Underline

Ctrl+I: Italic

Ctrl+O: Open a file

Ctrl+P: Print

Ctrl+A: select All

Ctrl+S: Save

Ctrl+Shift+S: Save As

Ctrl+F: Find (within current document)

Ctrl+X: Cut

Ctrl+C: Copy

Ctrl+V: Paste

Ctrl+B: Bold

Ctrl+N: New.    Begin a new file   (Or open a new window)

In addition, with some programs you can use ctrl+K to bring up a list of keyboard hotkeys for the program that is in the active window. Actually, these are lists that we've added to various programs, so far for Internet Explorer, and FireFox browsers.

The 'Alt-Menu' Keyboard.

( aka: Mnemonics 'Accelerator' keyboard )

The 'Alt' key, for 'alternate' keyboard, is used to provide keyboard access to the functions in a program's menus. Wherever you see an underlined menu in a program, or in a dialog box, you can simply hold the 'alt' key and press that letter to select that choice.

This can help reduce carpal-tunnel syndrome caused by overuse of the mouse. But sadly, XP removed this long-standing windows tradition. XP removed the underlined shortcuts! However, there are registry tweaks that can bring this functionality back, and our next version will do this for you.



The 'Wise-Pad' is what we call the Numerical Pad on the right side of your keyboard, when WiseIdea Software is running, because there are many new functions.

These work only when the NumLock toggle is Off, so you can still use those keys for accounting as a Numbers Pad when the NumLock is On.   (Use the 'numlock' key to toggle between on and off, and most keyboards have a light to indicate the current state.)


Important!! Note that we have made the - + keys to work as 'page up' and 'page down' (in the old style of Wordperfect). That's because 'page up' and 'page down' are the most frequently used keys on the computer!  They are the main navigating and browsing keys, for office documents, internet, or most photo viewers, etc.   Now you can rest your hand casually on the desk next to the keyboard, and use your thumb to idly switch up and down pages without ever looking at the keyboard, at the ease and speed of thought alone.  Try it and see how much easier it is!

-   (minus key) Page Up

+  (plus key) Page Down

*  Zooms Larger ( See note below)

/  Zooms Smaller

0ins: Paste. Insert.

1: Cut

2: Copy (memory hint: think '2nd copy')

3: Last Window. Shows the last active window

4: 'PageBack' in your browser

6: 'PageForward' in your browser

7home: Shows an image of the keyboard, with all the shortcuts. A great help for learning. The main 'home' window to all keyboard functions and tweaks.

8: Magic Buttons [ A window full of button shortcuts to all the parts and features of your computer. In next version.]

9: FileMap [a file manager utility coming in later version]

The Enter-modified pad:

With the WisePad, the far right 'Enter' key on the Wisepad becomes a new 'modifier'. That is, you can press and hold it down, and then press another key at the same time, to get yet a new series of functions.

This key is called the 'EnterMod' key.

(Numbers refer only to those on the WisePad, not the main keyboard.)

EnterMod+3 Cycles through the last open windows. Same as Alt+F4, but easier.

EnterMod+Del Cycles through the next open windows.

EnterMod+2 Volume Down

EnterMod+5 Mute Toggles the 'mute/sound' on or off.

EnterMod+8 Volume Up

EnterMod+- (The '-' minus key at topright of wisepad) Scrolls a half page up. Or, moves the cursor about 15 lines up.

EnterMod++ (The '+' plus key at right of wisepad) Scrolls a half page down. Or, moves the cursor about 15 lines down.

Note on Zoom: * / Some applications 'misbehave' by zooming backwards. This is because that program was coded that way. Because of this, / will zoom larger for these, and * smaller. If a program you use 'misbehaves' like this, ( if it's 'backwards behaving',) then email us, and we will try to work around their problem code, for our next version.

( This happens because our zoom uses the buildt in ctrl+scroll wheel zoom feature of a program. Logical programs will go up in size as you move the scroll wheel up, while holding the ctrl key. An example is MS Word. But illogical, or 'backwards' programs, will go backwards. The most notable backwards apps are the browsers, but we have fixed and adjusted IE and Firefox, so they work right with our / * zoom. )





Shift+wheel: Scroll in a left-right direction. (This coming in next version.)
Ctrl+wheel: Zoom
Ctrl+Shift+Wheel: Scrolls full page up/down.
CapsLock+Wheel: Scrolls full page up/down. (This coming in next version.)
[For next version: For info on CapsLock modifier, see here_____)]

Alt+wheel: cycle through all the open windows.
Winkey+Wheel: Same as above. Cycle through the tabs and open docs of a program.

RightWinkey+Wheel: Cycle through the tabs and open docs within a window. (This coming in next version.)
Ctrl+pageDown/Up:    Cycle through the tabs of a window.


Tab: goes to next selection in a dialog box, or next frame in a spreadsheet, or indents a paragraph.
Ctrl+Tab: next tab in a window or dialog. (or, use ctrl+page up/down.)
Alt+Tab: cycles through last open windows.
Shift+(any of the above): reverses the direction of the above. (Example: Ctrl+Shift+Tab: previous tab in window or dialog. )
WinKey+Tab: Cycles the focus through the taskbar button-windows.   Then use 'enter' to select it.


(The section of keyboard between the NumPad and the Main Alphabetical keys.)
INSERT: WiseIdea makes the 'Insert' key act as 'Paste'.   Whenever you need to paste something, just use this.
Ctrl+Insert: Copy. [MS default]
Shift+Delete: Cut. [MS default]

Home:    Moves cursor to beginning of line.   Or in browsers, to top of page.

End:       Moves cursor to end of line.   Or in browsers, to end of page.

Ctrl+Home:    To top of page.

Ctrl+End:       To end of page.

Ctrl+PageDown:    Move to next tab.    (same as Ctrl+Tab)

Ctrl+PageUp:    Move to previous tab.    (same as Ctrl+Shift+Tab)



F1: Open help for the current program.
F10: toggles Activation of the menu bar.
F11: Toggle 'full screen' mode (works in browsers and some other programs)
Alt+F4: Close active window; or, if all windows are closed, open shutdown dialog.
Ctrl+F4: Close active tab.


Shift key: Used with arrow keys or page up/page down, will 'select' a part of a screen or file.
Shift while a CD is loading: Bypasses 'Autoplay'.
Ctrl+Alt+Delete:  Opens the Logoff/Lock/Shutdown screen.

Ctrl+Shift+Esc:  (2000/XP):  Opens the 'Task Manager.'

Alt+'Space' bar: Displays the 'system menu' (The titlebar's mini-menu at the upper left).
Esc: The 'Escape' key. Closes a dialog box. Or undoes the 'fullscreen' mode. ( Or removes 'focus' from a button or control. 'Focus' is the part of the window that the computer will act upon when you enter something with the keyboard.)
Ctrl+Esc:   Same as the 'winkey', or clicking the 'Start' button at bottom left of screen. Shows the 'Start Menu'
Space bar:   In a dialog box, this toggles the 'checkmark' in a focused checkbox.

Enter:    'Clicks' a focused button, or the default 'OK' button.


Ctrl+RightArrow: Moves cursor to the beginning of next word.
Ctrl+LeftArrow: Moves cursor to the beginning of last word.
Ctrl+UpArrow: Moves cursor to beginning of previous paragraph.
Ctrl+DownArrow: Moves cursor to beginning of next paragraph.
(NOTE: The 'Shift' key along with an Arrow key will 'Select' the block of text as it moves.  Works with/without the ctrl key.)



Shift five times: Toggles StickyKeys on/off.  ( 'StickyKeys' must first be enabled.)
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrintScreen: Toggles High Contrast on/off.   ('High Contrast' must first be enabled.)
Left Alt + Left Shift + NumLock: Toggles MouseKeys on/off.   (If MouseKeys are enabled.)
Right Shift for eight seconds: Toggles FilterKeys on/off.  ( If FilterKeys are enabled.)

NumLock for five seconds: Toggles 'ToggleKeys' on/off.   (ToggleKeys are enabled.)
Winkey+U:   Opens the Accessibility dialog box, and Text-to-Voice.



The keyboard-picture-view, is optimized for monitor resolutions of 1024 x 768. Lesser screens will see less, but you can always press the 'QuickTour' button, which shows this list of hotkeys on any sized monitor.  
The following will not work on windows 95/98/ME:

Any shortcut that specifies  Left Ctrl/Alt/Winkey or Right Ctrl/Alt/Winkey. (If the function or shortcut doesn't specify either left or right, but simply says 'Ctrl', or Winkey', then it will work on alll windows OSs.)



( For most browsers)

Shift + Enter:   Open a link in new window.  (Hover mouse over link, press shift+enter, and click your mouse.)

F5:     This 'Reloads' ('Refreshes') a webpage's content.  

F11:    FullScreen toggle on/off

alt+Home:     Your 'Home page'

alt+D:     'Select the Address url

alt+leftArrow  OR:  Wisepad 4:     Back

alt+rightArrow  OR:  Wisepad 6:     Forward

ctrl+F:      Find in this page

ctrl+H:      Shows 'History'; list of previously viewed pages

ctrl+N:    New window.

ctrl+O:      Open a webpage (from your harddrive or web)    

ctrl+P:      Print




ctrl+enter:       Open a link in new window.  (Hover mouse over link, press shift+enter, and click your mouse.)

ctrl++      Increase Text Size (Uses the '+' plus /'=' key at top of main keyboard)

ctrl+-        Decrease Text Size

ctrl+0:     Set text size to default.

ctrl+T       New Tab

ctrl+F4:    Closes Tab

ctrl+W:    Closes Tab

ctrl+Tab  (or Ctrl+pageDown)   Moves to next tab

ctrl+Shift+Tab  (or Ctrl+pageUp)   Moves to previous tab

ctrl+S:     Save page (as)

alt+enter:       Save Link Target As

ctrl + T:     New tab.

ctrl+U:     Source code for the page

Esc:         Stop  (this feature is also supposed to work in MS Internet Explorer, but doesn't.   Works in Firefox.)

F7:     Caret Browsing  toggle on/off   Allows browsing with a cursor


ctrl+F:  Find in this page

ctrl+G:  Find the next one  (memory hint: G is next after F on keyboard)

Slash (/):    Find text as you type. (uses the main keyboard's slash, not numpad)