Lists of Keyboard Shortcuts to Make Your Computer Tasks Easier

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There are no shortcuts in success and life but there are keyboard shortcuts or key combinations that allow you to perform tasks that you would normally do with a mouse. Well, these key shortcuts will be deemed beneficial if you are lazy, in a hurry, or you simply prefer convenience above anything else. That is, if you can spare these shortcuts some Megabytes in your mind’s palace.


Most current operating systems and associated software applications use keyboard shortcuts. Their use is so widespread that some users consider them an essential part of their daily computer interactions. The pervasiveness of similar conventions means that a meaningful comparison of keyboard shortcuts may be done across several widely used operating systems, whether utilized for personal preference or adaptive technology.

Below are the basic key shortcuts you must probably know and memorize by now.

KEY COMBINATIONS 

ACTION 

CTRL+X CUT 
CTRL+V PASTE 
CTRL+Z UNDO 
CTRL+B BOLD 
CTRL+U UNDERLINE 
CTRL+I ITALIC 
F1 HELP 
F2 RENAME SELECTED OBJECT 
F3 FIND ALL FILES 
F4 OPENS FILE LIST DROP-DOWN IN DIALOGS 
F5 REFRESH CURRENT WINDOW 
F6 SHIFTS FOCUS IN WINDOWS EXPLORER 
F10 ACTIVATES MENU BAR OPTIONS 
ALT+TAB CYCLES BETWEEN OPEN APPLICATIONS 
ALT+F4 QUIT PROGRAM, CLOSE CURRENT WINDOW 
ALT+F6 SWITCH BETWEEN CURRENT PROGRAM WINDOWS 
ALT+ENTER OPENS PROPERTIES DIALOGUE 
ALT+SPACE SYSTEM MENU FOR CURRENT WINDOW 
ALT+¢ OPENS DROP-DOWN LISTS IN DIALOGUE BOXES 
BACKSPACE SWITCH TO PARENT FOLDER 
CTRL+ESC OPENS START MENU 
CTRL+ALT+DEL OPENS TASK MANAGER, REBOOTS THE COMPUTER 
CTRL+TAB MOVE THROUGH PROPERTY TABS 
CTRL+SHIFT+DRAG CREATE SHORTCUT (ALSO RIGHT-CLICK, DRAG) 
ESC CANCEL LAST FUNCTION 
SHIFT PRESS/HOLD SHIFT, INSERT CD-ROM TO BYPASS AUTO-PLAY 
SHIFT+DRAG MOVE FILE 
SHIFT+F10 OPENS CONTEXT MENU (SAME AS RIGHT CLICK) 
SHIFT+DELETE FULL WIPE DELETES (BYPASSES RECYCLE BIN) 
ALT+UNDERLINED LETTER OPENS THE CORRESPONDING MENU PC KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS 

DOCUMENT 

CURSOR CONTROLS 

HOME TO BEGINNING OF LINE OR FAR LEFT OF FIELD OR SCREEN 
END TO END OF LINE, OR FAR RIGHT OF FIELD OR SCREEN 
CTRL+HOME TO THE TOP 
CTRL+END TO THE BOTTOM 
PAGE UP MOVES DOCUMENT OR DIALOGUE BOX UP ONE PAGE 
PAGE DOWN MOVES DOCUMENT OR DIALOGUE DOWN ONE PAGE 
ARROW KEYS MOVE FOCUS IN DOCUMENTS, DIALOGUES, ETC.
CTRL+ > NEXT WORD 
CTRL+SHIFT+ > SELECTS WORD 
NUMERIC KEYPAD  EXPAND ALL UNDER CURRENT SELECTION 
NUMERIC KEYPAD + EXPANDS CURRENT SELECTION 
NUMERIC KEYPAD – COLLAPSES CURRENT SELECTION 
¦ EXPAND CURRENT SELECTION OR GO TO FIRST CHILD 
 COLLAPSE CURRENT SELECTION OR GO TO PARENT 

SPECIAL 

CHARACTERS 
ALT 0145 ‘ OPENING SINGLE QUOTE 
ALT 0146 ’ CLOSING SINGLE QUOTE 
ALT 0147 “ OPENING DOUBLE QUOTE 
ALT 0148 “ CLOSING DOUBLE QUOTE 
ALT 0150 – EN DASH 
ALT 0151 —EM DASH 
ALT 0133 … ELLIPSIS 
ALT 0149 • BULLET 
ALT 0174 REGISTRATION MARK 
ALT 0169 COPYRIGHT 
ALT 0153 TRADEMARK 
ALT 0176 ° DEGREE SYMBOL 
ALT 0162 ¢ CENT SIGN 
ALT 0188 1⁄4 
ALT 0189 1⁄2 
ALT 0190 3⁄4 

PC KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS 

CREATING UNIQUE IMAGES IN A UNIFORM WORLD!  

ALT 0233 é 
ALT 0201 É 
ALT 0241 Ñ 
ALT 0241 ñ 
ALT 0247 ÷ 

FILE MENU 


OPTIONS IN CURRENT PROGRAM 
ALT + E EDIT OPTIONS IN CURRENT PROGRAM 
F1 UNIVERSAL HELP (FOR ALL PROGRAMS) 
CTRL + A SELECT ALL TEXT 
CTRL + X CUT SELECTED ITEM 
SHIFT + DEL CUT SELECTED ITEM 
CTRL + C COPY SELECTED ITEM 
CTRL + INS COPY SELECTED ITEM 
CTRL + V PASTE 
SHIFT + INS PASTE 
CTRL + HOME GO TO BEGINNING OF DOCUMENT 
CTRL + END GO TO END OF DOCUMENT 
SHIFT + HOME HIGHLIGHT FROM CURRENT POSITION TO BEGINNING OF LINE 
SHIFT + END HIGHLIGHT FROM CURRENT POSITION TO END OF LINE 
CTRL + F MOVE ONE WORD TO THE LEFT AT A TIME 
CTRL + G MOVE ONE WORD TO THE RIGHT AT A TIME 
MICROSOFT WINDOWS SHORTCUT KEYS 
ALT + TAB WITCH BETWEEN OPEN APPLICATIONS 
ALT + SHIFT + TAB SWITCH BACKWARDS BETWEEN OPEN APPLICATIONS 
ALT + PRINT SCREEN CREATE SCREEN SHOT FOR CURRENT PROGRAM 
CTRL + ALT + DEL REBOOT/WINDOWS TASK MANAGER 
CTRL + ESC BRING UP START MENU 
ALT + ESC SWITCH BETWEEN APPLICATIONS ON TASKBAR 
F2 RENAME SELECTED ICON 
F3 START FIND FROM DESKTOP 
F4 OPEN THE DRIVE SELECTION WHEN BROWSING 
F5 REFRESH CONTENTS 
ALT + F4 CLOSE CURRENT OPEN PROGRAM 
CTRL + F4 CLOSE WINDOW IN PROGRAM 
CTRL + PLUS KEY AUTOMATICALLY ADJUST WIDTHS OF ALL COLUMNS IN WINDOWS EXPLORER 
ALT + ENTER OPEN PROPERTIES WINDOW OF SELECTED ICON OR PROGRAM 
SHIFT + F10 SIMULATE RIGHT-CLICK ON SELECTED ITEM 
SHIFT + DEL DELETE PROGRAMS/FILES PERMANENTLY 

WINKEY  

SHORTCUTS 
WINKEY + D BRING DESKTOP TO THE TOP OF OTHER WINDOWS 
WINKEY + M MINIMIZE ALL WINDOWS 
WINKEY + E OPEN MICROSOFT EXPLORER 
WINKEY + TAB CYCLE THROUGH OPEN PROGRAMS ON TASKBAR 
WINKEY + F1 DISPLAY THE WINDOWS SEARCH/FIND FEATURE 
WINKEY + R OPEN THE RUN WINDOW 
WINKEY + U OPEN UTILITY MANAGER 
WINKEY + L LOCK THE COMPUTER (WINDOWS XP & LATER) 

OUTLOOK 

SHORTCUT KEYS 
ALT + S SEND THE EMAIL 
CTRL + C COPY SELECTED TEXT 
CTRL + X CUT SELECTED TEXT 
CTRL + P OPEN PRINT DIALOGUE BOX 
CTRL + K COMPLETE NAME/EMAIL TYPED IN ADDRESS BAR 
CTRL + B BOLD HIGHLIGHTED SELECTION 
CTRL + I ITALICIZE HIGHLIGHTED SELECTION 
CTRL + U UNDERLINE HIGHLIGHTED SELECTION 
CTRL + R REPLY TO AN EMAIL 
CTRL + F FORWARD AN EMAIL 
CTRL + N CREATE A NEW EMAIL 
CTRL + SHIFT + A CREATE A NEW APPOINTMENT TO YOUR CALENDAR 
CTRL + SHIFT + O OPEN THE OUTBOX 
CTRL + SHIFT + I OPEN THE INBOX 
CTRL + SHIFT + K ADD A NEW TASK 
CTRL + SHIFT + C CREATE A NEW CONTACT 
CTRL + SHIFT+ J CREATE A NEW JOURNAL ENTRY 

WORD 

SHORTCUT KEYS 
CTRL + A SELECT ALL CONTENTS OF THE PAGE 
CTRL + B BOLD HIGHLIGHTED SELECTION 
CTRL + C COPY SELECTED TEXT 
CTRL + X CUT SELECTED TEXT 
CTRL + N OPEN NEW/BLANK DOCUMENT 
CTRL + O OPEN OPTIONS 
CTRL + P OPEN THE PRINT WINDOW 
CTRL + F OPEN FIND BOX 
CTRL + I ITALICIZE HIGHLIGHTED SELECTION 
CTRL + K INSERT LINK 
CTRL + U UNDERLINE HIGHLIGHTED SELECTION 
CTRL + V PASTE 
CTRL + Y REDO THE LAST ACTION PERFORMED 
CTRL + Z UNDO LAST ACTION 

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