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Top 15 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Computer User Should Know

Keyboard Shortcuts Every Computer User Should Know

Some people love them, others maybe not so much.  What exactly are we referencing?  Keyboard shortcuts.  Sometimes it may seem like it’s just as easy to use the mouse to highlight, copy and paste, etc.  For some users, it may be.  However, once you start using shortcuts, you won’t know what to do without them!

Here are the top 15 keyboard shortcuts every PC user should know:

  1. Shift+Arrows = Highlighting text.  As you go through your document, you can select the text by holding down the Shift key and then using the arrows to go up, down, left or right.  Once you have the text highlighted you can do the following:
    1. Ctrl+B = Bold
    2. Ctrl+I = Italicize
    3. Delete key = Deleting highlighted text
    4. Ctrl+X = Cut
    5. Ctrl+C = Copy
  2. Ctrl+V = Paste.  After you have copied or cut your text, you can paste it by pressing the Ctrl+V keys.
  3. Ctrl+Z = Undo.  As you work on a document, maybe you highlighted something and hit a key you didn’t mean to.  Or you deleted something on accident.  Hit Ctrl+Z and it will undo whatever changes you made.  Major time saver!!
  4. Ctrl+home = Beginning of page or document.  This shortcut works on websites and documents.  Want to go back to the beginning?  Sure thing, Ctrl+home will take you there.
  5. Ctrl+end = End of page or document.  Similar to Ctrl+home, this shortcut works everywhere to take you to the end of the material.
  6. Ctrl+F = Accesses “Find” tool.  With the Find tool you can search a document for a keyword or phrase without having to re-read the entire piece.  Again–major time saver!  This function is accessible for websites, documents, Excel, PDFs, and various other platforms.
  7. Alt+Tab = Switching between alternate windows.  Have two different programs or browser windows open?  Switch between the two flawlessly by pressing the Alt+Tab keys.  Once you do so, the alternate page will populate.
  8. Ctrl+S = Save.  To be clear, this is only Save, not Save As.  So it is best to save your document first and rename it what you’d like.  As you continue to make edits after you “Save As”, you can press the Ctrl+S key to save whatever changes you’ve made.
  9. Ctrl+P = Print.
  10. Ctrl+Enter = Page break.  By pressing Ctrl+Enter, you can enter a page break where ever you’d like in your document.

I hope you found these shortcuts helpful.  If you have a favorite shortcut not listed above, drop it in the comments below and share with our readers!

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8 thoughts on “Top 15 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Computer User Should Know

  1. To get the common accented letters without inserting them. á è ê ã ü & 3key specials ¦ €

    Acute: i.e. é Hold down Ctrl & Type ‘ [Apostrophe.] first, then the letter required.
    Grave: i.e. è Hold down Ctrl & Type ` [Extreme top left of keyboard] first, then the letter required.
    Circumflex: i.e. ê Hold down Ctrl & Shift & Type ^ first, then the letter required.
    Tilde: i.e. ã Hold down Ctrl & Shift & Type ~ first, then the letter required.
    Umlaut: i.e. ü Hold down Ctrl & Shift & Type : first, then the letter required.
    An accent given to a letter, with which it is not used, seems to result in no movement of curser.

    To get € the $ key has to be pressed whilst holding down Alt Gr or Ctrl & Alt.
    To get ¦ the | key [Extreme top left of keyboard] has to be pressed whilst pressing Alt Gr or Ctrl & Alt.
    To get | the Shifted ¦ key has to be pressed.

    To get a ‘Non Space’. A space that, what is before & after stay together, even at a line end return. [i.e. Post Code TN39 4NR. £ 25.43] Press the Space Bar while holding down Ctrl & Shift

    If you find you have typed a sentence or two in CAPITALS, Highlight all the error and press shifted F3.
    The result is now everything in Lowercase. A second press of shifted F3 will capitalize sentence start letters (Title Case.) and a third press takes you back where you started (Capitals.).
    The English big headedness of using the CAPITAL (I) for ME does cause problems, so you have to sort that out yourself.

    Control (Ctrl) Held & another key Pressed does all sorts of things you would normally have to use the mouse
    Ctrl + e – Centres curser, or Highlighted Paragraphs, or Paragraph being typed.
    Ctrl + l – Aligns to the Left as above.
    Ctrl + r – Aligns to the Right as above.
    Ctrl + b – Switches BOLD on or off.
    Ctrl + i – Switches ITALIC on or off.

  2. Alt + spacebar then “N” = minimize the current window.
    Alt + spacebar opens the window’s context menu to minimize, maximize, restore, close the window.

  3. I use CTRL A to highlight all text/items frequently.
    And should only a major part of the text be desired,
    while holding down the CTRL key after pressing ‘ A ‘,
    un-highlight a portion of the text by placing the cursor
    at one end of the block and cursor right or left as desired,
    the result being only the text you need/wanted.
    I find that process quicker than trying to highlight a part
    of the desired text with the mouse.

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