Are you looking to be more productive when using your computer? There are many keyboard shortcuts that can save time every time you use them. With a little practice and repetition, these keyboard hacks can become second nature.
Getting comfortable with the Function keys and the CTRL and ALT buttons opens up a host of shortcut possibilities, including:
F1 Display Help
F2 Rename the selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder
F4 Display the full address in File Explorer
F5 Refresh the active window
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
ALT+F4 Close the active item or exit the active app
ALT+Left Arrow Back
ALT+Right Arrow Forward
ALT+TAB Switch between open apps
CTRL+A Select all items in a document or window
CTRL+C Copy the selected item
CTRL+D Delete the selected item
CTRL+V Paste the selected item
CTRL+X Cut the selected item
CTRL+Y Redo an action
CTRL+Z Undo an action
CTRL+Right Arrow Move to beginning of next word
CTRL+Left Arrow Move to beginning of previous word
CTRL+Down Arrow Move to beginning of next paragraph
CTRL+Up Arrow Move to the beginning of previous paragraph
What Can I Use the Windows Key For?
Many users never think of the Windows key (the slanted square at the bottom left of your keyboard). In tandem with other keys, however, it is a powerful time-saver. Try these shortcuts:
Win+F1 Open Windows Help and support
Win+D Display or hide desktop
Win+E Open File Explorer
Win+F Open Search window
Win+I Open Settings window
Win+L Lock your PC
Win+M Minimize all windows
Win+R Open Run dialog box
Win+X Open Quick Links menu
Win+Up Arrow Maximize the window
Win+Down Arrow Remove current app or minimize desktop window
Win+Left Arrow Maximize app or desktop window to left of screen
Win+Right Arrow Maximize app or desktop window to right of screen
I Use Microsoft Word A Lot. Any Shortcut Suggestions?
Word gets heavy use in most offices. Here are a few of the top shortcuts to make navigating your Word docs a breeze:
CTRL+N Create new document
CTRL+O Open existing document
CTRL+S Save a document
CTRL+W Close a document
CTRL+F Search a document
CTRL+H Find and replace
F7 Run spelling and grammar check
CTRL+End Move to end of document
CTRL+Home Move to beginning of document
Page Up/Page Down Move up or down one screen
Shift+Left/Right Arrow Extend selection by one character to the left or right
CTRL+Shift+Left/Right Arrow Extend selection by one word to the left or right
Shift+Up/Down Arrow Extend selection up or down one line
CTRL+Shift+Up/Down Arrow Extend selection to beginning or end of paragraph
CTRL+Backspace Delete one word to the left
Delete Delete one character to the right
CTRL+Delete Delete one word to the right
CTRL+B Apply bold formatting
CTRL+I Apply italic formatting
CTRL+U Apply underline formatting
CTRL+Shift+< or > Decrease or increase font size one size
CTRL+E Center paragraph
CTRL+L Left-align paragraph
CTRL+R Right-align paragraph
CTRL+J Justify paragraph
Experiment with the shortcuts that apply to the work you do most often. You’ll be amazed at how much time you save. If you want help optimizing your company’s technology, count on Colorado Computer Support. Our seasoned professions help businesses maximize their technology investment and support your team to meet key business goals. To learn more, contact us today.
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