Keyboard shortcuts are keys or a combination of keys you can press on your keyboard to perform a variety of tasks. Using keyboard shortcuts is often faster than using a mouse because you can keep both hands on the keyboard. Keyboard shortcuts are also universal, which means you can use many of the same shortcuts in a variety of applications. For example, you can use the shortcuts to copy and paste text in a word processor and in a web browser.
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Keyboard and computer shortcuts are designed to make routine computer functions quicker and easier. The only problem is that many of these have gone unnoticed by the average user. By using simple keyboard and computer shortcuts in the workplace, you can increase your productivity and cut back on the strain caused by repetitive motions. Shortcut keys ABCs. Shortcut keys help provide an easier and quicker method of navigating and executing commands in the computer software. Shortcut keys are performed by using the Alt key (on IBM compatible computers), Command (on Apple computers), Ctrl key, or Shift key in conjunction with another key. Windows keyboard shortcuts: Function: Windows+1, +2, etc.: Switch to the desktop and launch the nth application in the taskbar.For example, +1 launches whichever application is first in the list.
Many keyboard shortcuts require you to press two or more keys in a specific order. For example, to perform the shortcut Ctrl+X, you would press and hold the Ctrl key, then press the X key, then release.
You'll use the Ctrl (Control) or Alt key to perform most keyboard shortcuts. You'll find these keys near the bottom-left corner of your keyboard.
These keyboard shortcuts are useful when working with text in word processors, email applications, and more. They can help you perform commonly repeated tasks, like copying and pasting text.
You can use keyboard shortcuts to open, close, and switch applications. When working with a file, like a Microsoft Word document, shortcuts can be used to createnew files, find words, and print.
Keyboard shortcuts can also be used to navigateyour web browser. Many of the text shortcuts above are also useful online, like the shortcuts for selecting, copying, and pasting text into your web browser's address bar. Note that some of these shortcuts may work a bit differently depending on the web browser you're using.
When you press the Alt key, you will have access to all of the menus in the current application. This means you can perform almost any task with just your keyboard. For example, you can type Alt+F+X to quit an application. When performing these shortcuts, you will not need to hold down the Alt key.
In many applications, you'll find keyboard shortcuts next to menu items.
In some applications, you may need to hover over a button to display its keyboard shortcut.
If you want to learn even more keyboard shortcuts, review this lesson from our Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks tutorial.
Shortcut keys help provide an easier and quicker method of navigating and executing commands in the computer software. Shortcut keys are performed by using the Alt key (on IBM compatible computers), Command (on Apple computers), Ctrl key, or Shift key in conjunction with another key. The de facto standard for listing a shortcut is listing the modifier key, a plus symbol, and another key. In other words, 'Ctrl+S' is telling you to press and hold the Ctrl, and then press the S at the same time.
You can also find the shortcut keys in popular programs by looking for underlined letters in their menus. For example, the file menu image has an underline on the 'F' in File, which means you can press the Alt key and F key to access the file menu.
Some programs require the user to press and hold Alt to see the underlined characters. In the image above, you can see that some of the common features, such as Open (Ctrl+O) and Save (Ctrl+S), have shortcut keys assigned to them. As you begin to memorize shortcut keys, you'll notice that many applications share them. We have a list of the most commonly shared ones in the basic PC shortcut keys section.
Non-English versions of Microsoft Windows may not be able to use all of the below shortcut keys.
Below is a list of some of the most commonly used basic shortcut keys that work with IBM compatible computers and software. We highly recommended that all users keep a reference to these shortcut keys or try to memorize them. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.Tip
Besides the special character shortcuts listed here, some are also on the number keys (below the F1 - F12 keys). You can enter these special characters by pressing the Shift key and the number key with the special character listed on it.
|Alt+F||File menu options in current program.|
|Alt+E||Open Edit options in current program.|
|Alt+Tab||Switch between open programs.|
|F1||View help information (F1 is used by almost every Windows program to display help).|
|F2||Rename a selected file.|
|F5||Refresh the current program window.|
|Ctrl+D||Bookmarks the current page in most Internet browsers.|
|Ctrl+N||Create a new or blank document in some software, or open a new tab in most Internet browsers.|
|Ctrl+O||Open a file in the current software.|
|Ctrl+A||Select all text.|
|Ctrl+B||Change selected text to be bold.|
|Ctrl+I||Change selected text to be in italics.|
|Ctrl+U||Change selected text to be underlined.|
|Ctrl+F||Open find window for current document or window.|
|Ctrl+S||Save current document file.|
|Ctrl+X||Cut selected item.|
|Shift+Del||Cut selected item.|
|Ctrl+C||Copy selected item.|
|Ctrl+Ins||Copy selected item|
|Ctrl+Y||Redo last action.|
|Ctrl+Z||Undo last action.|
|Ctrl+K||Insert hyperlink for selected text.|
|Ctrl+P||Print the current page or document.|
|Home||Goes to beginning of current line.|
|Ctrl+Home||Goes to beginning of document.|
|End||Goes to end of current line.|
|Ctrl+End||Goes to end of document.|
|Shift+Home||Highlights from current position to beginning of line.|
|Shift+End||Highlights from current position to end of line.|
|Ctrl+Left arrow||Moves one word to the left at a time.|
|Ctrl+Right arrow||Moves one word to the right at a time.|
|Ctrl+Esc||Open the Start menu.|
|Ctrl+Shift+Esc||Open Windows Task Manager.|
|Alt+F4||Close the currently active program.|
|Alt+Enter||Open the properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.).|
Many special characters can be created using keyboard shortcuts. Below are some of the more common and popular special characters and the keyboard shortcuts to create them.
|Shortcut Keys||Special Character|
|Alt+0176||° (degree symbol)|
|Alt+0177||± (plus/minus symbol)|
|Alt+0128||€ (Euro currency)|
|Alt+0162||¢ (Cent symbol)|
|Alt+0163||£ (British Pound currency)|
|Alt+0165||¥ (Japanese Yen currency)|