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I am looking for a complete list of all "shift" operation in all version of windows. You may help me to build this.


  • shift-delete -> skip recycle bin
  • [Windows 95, 98] shift-reboot from start menu-> restart windows without reboot
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should be community wiki –  Redandwhite Dec 6 '09 at 18:30
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Windows Hotkeys involving Shift:

Shift + F10 or AppsKey: Display context menu.

Win + Shift + M: Undo minimize all windows.

Win + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons. Enter clicks, AppsKey or Shift + F10 right-clicks.

Win + Shift + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons in reverse.

Alt + Shift + Tab: Display TaskSwitch; go in reverse.

Alt + Shift + Escape: Activate the window at the bottom of the z-order.

Shift while a CD is loading: Bypass AutoPlay.

Ctrl + Shift + Escape: Invoke the task manager. On earlier OSes, acts like Ctrl + Escape.

Ctrl + X or Shift + Delete: Cut.

Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste/Move.

Shift + Tab: Backward one item.

Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Cycle backwards through tabs/child windows.

Ctrl + Shift + Left: Highlight to beginning of previous word.

Ctrl + Shift + Right: Highlight to beginning of next word.

Ctrl + Shift + Up: Highlight to beginning of previous paragraph.

Ctrl + Shift + Down: Highlight to beginning of next paragraph.

Shift + Arrow Keys: Select multiple items.

Shift + Delete: Delete selected item(s); bypass Recycle Bin.

Ctrl + Shift while dragging item(s): Create shortcut(s).


Right Shift for eight seconds: Toggle FilterKeys on and off. FilterKeys must be enabled.

Left Alt + Left Shift + PrintScreen: Toggle High Contrast on and off. High Contrast must be enabled.

Left Alt + Left Shift + NumLock: Toggle MouseKeys on and off. MouseKeys must be enabled.

Shift five times: Toggle StickyKeys on and off. StickyKeys must be enabled.

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Ctrl + Shift + Escape invokes Tasks Manager in Vista too. –  alexs Nov 28 '09 at 21:27
thanks, edited the post. –  Molly7244 Nov 29 '09 at 0:20
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[Windows Vista, 7]

hold CTRL-SHIFT when you execute a shortcut/exe -> Run as Administrator (without a mouse)

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In Windows 7,

hold SHIFT and Click on any open folder in the taskbar to open the Library main folder.

hold SHIFT and Click on any running application in the taskbar to open a second instance of that process

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Press and hold Shift during login after enter password to login: Skip execution of shortcut icons in "Startup" folder from start menu.

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please regroup your answers into one –  Revolter Dec 6 '09 at 17:56
Why regroup? is there a guideline/rule in SU I missed? –  Dennis Cheung Dec 23 '09 at 14:39
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SHIFT-right click on files -> enable "Run as" from context menu

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