Standard Keyboard Shortcuts

When providing keyboard shortcuts, the following conventions should be adhered to, in order to ensure consistency between applications.

Basic Shortcuts

Content & Files

Action

Shortcut

Description

New

Ctrl+N

Creates a new content item, sometimes in a new window or tab.

Open

Ctrl+O

Opens an existing content item, often by presenting the open file dialog.

Save

Ctrl+S

Saves the current content item. In some cases this requires showing the save as dialog.

Save As

Shift+Ctrl+S

Saves the current content item with a new filename. Raises the save as dialog.

Print

Ctrl+P

Prints the current content item, and opens the print dialog.

Print Preview

Shift+Ctrl+P

Shows a print preview of the current content item.

Send

Ctrl+M

Sends or shares the current content item.

Properties

Alt+Return

Shows properties for the current content item.

Editing

Action

Shortcut

Description

Undo

Ctrl+Z

Reverts the last taken action.

Redo

Shift+Ctrl+Z

Performs the last taken action, if it has been previously reverted.

Cut

Ctrl+X

Removes the selected content and adds it to the clipboard.

Copy

Ctrl+C

Copies the selected content to the clipboard.

Paste

Ctrl+V

Inserts the contents of the clipboard.

Paste Special

Shift+Ctrl+V

Inserts a non-default version of the clipboard content.

Duplicate

Ctrl+U

Creates a duplicate of the selected object.

Select All

Ctrl+A

Selects all content in the focused control or view.

Deselect All

Shift+Ctrl+A

Deselects all content in the focused control or view.

Find

Ctrl+F

Shows and focuses a find/search UI.

Find Next

Ctrl+G

Selects the next find/search result.

Find Previous

Shift+Ctrl+G

Selects the previous find/search result.

Replace

Ctrl+H

Shows and focuses a find and replace UI.

View Options

Action

Shortcut

Description

Zoom In

Ctrl++

Enlarges the content in the view.

Zoom Out

Ctrl+-

Reduces the content in the view.

Normal Size

Ctrl+0

Resets the zoom level to the default.

Reload

Ctrl+R

Reloads the current view or content item.

Formatting

Action

Shortcut

Description

Bold

Ctrl+B

Toggles bold formatting for the current text selection.

Italic

Ctrl+I

Toggles italicisation for the current text selection.

Underline

Ctrl+U

Toggles the underlining of the current text selection.

Bookmarking

Action

Shortcut

Description

Add Bookmark

Ctrl+D

Adds a bookmark for the current location.

Edit Bookmarks

Ctrl+Alt+D

Opens the bookmark list.

Legacy System Reserved Shortcuts

The following shortcuts should be avoided by applications, since they are used by the system.

Keys

Function

Alt+Tab, Shift+Alt+Tab

Switches to the next/previous window.

Alt+Tab+`, Shift+Alt+Tab+`

Switches to the next/previous window of the focused application.

Alt+F4

Close the focused window.

Alt+F6, Shift+Alt+F6

Switches to the next/previous window of the focused application.

Alt+F7

Moves the focused window.

Alt+F8

Resizes the focused window.

Alt+F5

Unmaximizes the focused window.

Ctrl+Alt+Tab, Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Tab

Switches between system areas

Alt+Space

Opens window menu.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

System power off.