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Why You need to be using Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard blog post

The first time I remember watching someone implement keyboard shortcuts I thought, “Why would you do something on your keyboard when your mouse is right there?”. It was during a high school computer class, and the teacher said that learning them would be useful. I thought he was just being fancy until I landed a job where I type A LOT.

Now I get it; they are almost essential if you want to boost productivity. I never understood what a hassle it was to stop typing...grab your mouse...drag it to the area needing attention...and do all the clicking! So now I’m dedicating time to learn some of the shortcuts (I should have listened to my teacher) and to be honest, they are a game-changer. Listed below are some of the popular ones. Keep in mind, there are hundreds of them, so take your time when you learn, and pace yourself. Taking on too many at one time will be overwhelming, and honestly, you’ll probably forget them in the process.

Alt+F

 

File menu options in the current program.

 

Alt+E

 

Edit options in the 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+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 the 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 the current document or window.

 

Ctrl+S

 

Save the current document file.

 

Ctrl+X

 

Cut the selected item.

 

Shift+Del

 

Cut the selected item. Keep in mind using this function will permanently delete files. Be Careful With It! 

 

Ctrl+C

 

Copy selected item.

 

Ctrl+Ins

 

Copy selected item

 

Ctrl+V

 

Paste

 

Shift+Ins

 

Paste

 

Ctrl+Y

 

Redo the last action.

 

Ctrl+Z

 

Undo the last action. This is one of the most commonly used shortcuts other than copy & paste. 

 

Ctrl+K

 

Insert hyperlink for the selected text.

 

Ctrl+P

 

Print the current page or document.

 

Home

 

Goes to the beginning of the current line.

 

Ctrl+Home

 

Goes to the beginning of the document.

 

End

 

Goes to the end of the current line.

 

Ctrl+End

 

Goes to the end of the document.

 

Shift+Home

 

Highlights from the current position to the beginning of the line.

 

Shift+End

 

Highlights from the current position to the end of the 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

 

Opens the Start menu.

 

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

  

Opens the Windows Task Manager.

 

  
  
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