60+ Essential Windows and Word Keyboard ShortcutsOlena Micovčinová 18.10.2021 For Customers Reading time: 4 min.
Can you imagine running a computer using only keyboard shortcuts? Why would you even do that?
The answer is simple: Keyboard shortcuts are hyper-efficient way to quickly turn something on and off, switch windows, or type. They only save a few seconds for each task, but if we repeat them ten or one hundred times each day, they quickly become extremely effective and useful.
But let’s not waste any more time. We’ll move past the theory and dive straight into the list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts. Effectiveness, after all, is the key here.
There are thousands out there and our goal is to show you the most common ones utilizing the Ctrl, Shift, Alt, and Windows logo keys.
The most commonly used universal keyboard shortcuts
To kick off the list, here are the 10 most commonly used shortcuts that work well with most apps.
|Ctrl + C||Copy the selected item|
|Ctrl + V||Insert the selected item|
|Ctrl + A||Select all items|
|Ctrl + F||Find in text|
|Ctrl + S||Save|
|Ctrl + P|
|Ctrl + Z||Undo your last action|
|Ctrl + Y||Redo your last action (used after the Undo command)|
|Ctrl + Esc||Bring up the start menu|
|Alt + F4||Close the focused window/program|
The Most Commonly Used Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
We use web browsers nearly daily. Utilize these shortcuts with practically all of them, be it Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.
|Ctrl + N||Open a new window|
|Ctrl + T||Open a new tab|
|Ctrl + Shift + N||Open a new window in Incognito mode|
|Ctrl + Shift + T||Reopen a previously closed tab|
|Ctrl + W, Ctrl + F4||Close the current tab|
|Ctrl + 1 through 8||Jump to a specific tab|
|Ctrl + 9||Jump to the rightmost tab|
|Ctrl + Tab, Ctrl + Page Down||Jump to the next open tab|
|Ctrl + Shift + Tab , Ctrl + Page Up||Jump to the previous open tab|
|Alt + Home||Open your home page in the current tab|
|Ctrl + B||Show or hide the Bookmarks bar|
|Ctrl + Shift + B||Open the Bookmarks Manager|
|Ctrl + H||Open the History page|
|Ctrl + J||Open the Downloads page|
|F6, Ctrl + L, Alt + D||Jump to the address bar|
|F5||Reload the current page|
|Home||Go to the top of the page|
|End||Go to the bottom of the page|
The Most Commonly Used Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
Utilize keyboard shortcuts to manage open windows and work with multiple applications or monitors simultaneously. Let’s explore the Windows logo key that, on its own, opens the Start menu.
|Win + Tab||Open Task view|
|Alt + Tab||Switch between open apps/windows|
|Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow (←)/Right Arrow (→)||Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another|
|Win + Up Arrow (↑)/Down Arrow (↓)||Maximize/minimize the window|
|Win + Right Arrow (→)/Left Arrow (←)||Maximize the app or desktop window to the right/left side of the screen|
|Win + „+“ or „-“||Zoom in or out using Magnifier|
|Win + E||Open File Explorer|
|Win + D||Minimize all windows and display the desktop|
|Win + M||Minimize all windows|
|Win + L||Lock your PC without shutting down the running processes|
|Win + X||Open the Quick Access menu where you can find settings for basic functions such as volume, Wi-Fi, display backlight, etc.|
|Win + R||Open the Run dialog box in the bottom left corner where you can enter the name of a folder, program, or document, and Windows opens it immediately|
|Win + Pause/Break||Display the System Properties dialog box|
|Win + Space/Alt + Shift||Switch input language|
|Shift + Delete||Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first|
The Most Commonly Used MS Word Keyboard Shortcuts
Utilize the following shortcuts in text editors.
|Home||Move the cursor to the beginning of the current line|
|End||Move the cursor to the end of the current line|
|Ctrl + H||Display the Replace dialog where you can replace keywords/characters|
|Ctrl + B||Apply bold formatting to text|
|Ctrl + I||Apply italic formatting to text|
|Ctrl + U||Apply underline formatting to text|
|Ctrl + L/R||Align the text to the left/right|
|Ctrl + E||Centre the text|
|Ctrl + J||Justify the paragraph|
|Ctrl + X||Cut the selected content to the Clipboard|
|Ctrl + Left Arrow (←)/Right Arrow (→)||Move the cursor one word to the left or right|
|Ctrl + Enter||Insert a page break|
|Ctrl + Shift + Space||Insert a nonbreaking space|
|Shift + Enter||Insert a line break|
|Shift + Left Arrow (←)/Right arrow (→)||Select text|
|Shift + Ctrl + Left Arrow (←)/Right Arrow (→)||Select the word to the left/right|
|Shift + Ctrl + Up Arrow (↑)/Down Arrow (↓)||Select from the current position to the beginning/end of the current paragraph|
|Shift + End||Select from the current position to the end of the current line|
|Shift + Home||Select from the current position to the beginning of the current line|
|Shift + Ctrl + End||Select from the current position to the end of the document|
|Shift + Ctrl + Home||Select from the current position to the beginning of the document|
|Shift + Ctrl + C||Copy the selected formatting|
|Shift + Ctrl + V||Paste the selected formatting|
Just a little practice and these keyboard shortcuts will keep you from ever touching the mouse again.
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