If you want to work faster and more efficiently on your PC you really need to leverage the shortcut keys that
If you want to make Windows a super-efficient productivity machine, you really need to make use of it’s built in shortcuts. Learning just a few simple keystrokes can help you get everything done quicker and easier than you may imagine. Here is a list compilation of over 50 shortcuts, tips, commands, and more that will dramatically improve your computing experience.
The Control Key
The Control key is your most powerful ally. Ctrl + some keys will allow you to quickly perform the most important, useful operations on your computer.
CTRL + A = Select All
CTRL + B = Bold selected content
CTRL + C = Copy selected content
CTRL + V = Paste copied content
CTRL + X = Cut selected content
CTRL + P = Print
CTRL + N = Create a New File
CTRL + S = Save
CTRL + Z = Edit> Undo
CTRL + I = Italicize selected content
CTRL + E = Center selected content (only some apps)
CTRL + Q = Quit active program
CTRL + U = Underline selected content
CTRL + O = Open a file in the active application
CTRL + R = Refresh browser
CTRL + G = Group selected items into one
CTRL + T = Open a new Browser tab
CTRL + HOME = Top of a document or page
CTRL + END = Bottom of a document or page
CTRL + SHIFT + ESCAPE = Open Task Manager
CTRL + SHIFT + S = Save As
The Windows Key
The Windows or Start key does some very useful tricks.
+ E = Opens Windows Exporer
+ D = Minimize or Restore all open application windows
+ L = Locks your computer (Same as Ctrl + Alt + Del, then Lock button)
+ R = Open Run command
+ F = Search Files on computer
+ U = Open Utility Manager
+ F1 = Help Menu
The Alt Key
The Alt key is infrequently used, but it has a few gems up its sleeve.
ALT + TAB = Toggle between running applications
ALT + “any letter” = Show quick tasks in menus and toolbars (ALT + F opens the File Menu)
The Function Keys
F1 = Help Menu
F2 = Rename File / Folder
F4 = Repeat last formatting option in Office
F5 = Refresh Browser
F11 = Hide/Restore Browser toolbars
F12 = Print
Windows Explorer Tips
Make shortcuts to your frequently used folders and files
Place shortcuts to your frequently used folders in the Favorites folder (C> Windows>Favorites)
Quickly jump to your favorite
Drag files from Explorer to a document, email, etc.
Drag file attachments from an email or browser to a folder in Explorer
Keep two Explorer Windows open and drag and drop files between folders
F4 = Apply the last formatting command
CTRL + Z = Undo last action
CTRL + Y = Redo the action that was Undone
Right click on text to show formatting options. (Office 2007 & 2010)
Internet and Browser Shortcuts
These shortcuts will work in any browser on Windows.
Backspace = Go to the previous page
ALT + = Go to the previous page
ALT + = Go Forward a page
F5 Key = Refresh Browser
CTRL + R = Refresh Browser
CTRL + T = Open a new Browser tab
CTRL + Click a link = Open link in a new tab
SHIFT + Click a link = Open link in new Browser window
F11 = Hide/Restore Browser toolbars/menus
Right Click to copy or save an image
Scroll Wheel Click on a link to open it in another tab
Scroll Wheel Click on a tab to close the tab
Drag a tab out of the window to open that tab in its own window
Drag a tab from one browser to another to open the page in a different Browser
Right Click Options
If you are in ANY application and are looking for a quick way to get something done, try the Right Click trick. Right clicking usually opens up a menu with several convenient options in most software. This is a lifesaver lots of times.
When in doubt, Right Click!
Here are a few great places to find even more handy tips.
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
If you’re using a Mac, there is a similar collection of incredibly useful shortcuts to help you out. Try some of these.
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