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Computer Shortcut Keys
Computer shortcut keys provide an easier way of navigating and performing commands in computer software. The use of shortcut keys is beneficial for computer users, as it allows them to complete tasks accurately and in less time. Furthermore, by using shortcut keys, you can increase your productivity and reduce the strain caused by repetitive motions.
General Computer Shortcut Keys
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + C Copy the selected content
Ctrl + N Open a new console
Ctrl + V Paste the selected content
Ctrl + W Close the Windows Explorer or browser
Ctrl + X Cut the selected content
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + dragging (or)Click selected items
Ctrl + Shift while dragging an item (Create a shortcut of the selected item)
Ctrl + Shift +Esc Open the Task Manager
Ctrl + Shift With any of the arrow keys (Highlight/Select a block of text)
Ctrl + Shift + N Create New Folder
Ctrl + Esc Display the Start menu
Ctrl + F4 Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously
Ctrl + Click (On Underlined link or URL on document) Opens the link in the browser
ALT + D Select the address bar
Alt + Enter View the properties for the selected item
Alt + F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program
Alt + Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt + Tab Switch between the open programs/windows
Alt + Esc Cycle through programs/windows in the order that they had been opened
Alt + Spacebar Display the System menu for the active window
Shift – With any of the arrow keys Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document
Shift + F10 Displays the shortcut menu for the selected item(Works as a right mouse click)
Delete Delete the content and move it to Recycle bin.
Shift + Delete Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
Right arrow Open the submenu or open the next menu to the right
Left arrow Close the submenu or open the next menu to the left
Backspace View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
Esc Cancel the current task
PgUp (Page Up) Move up one screen at a time
PgDn (Page Down) Move down one screen at a time
Home Move to the beginning of the line
End Move to the end of the line
Ctrl + Home Move to the first character
Ctrl + End Move to the last character
Shortcut Windows keys
Win Display or hide the Start screen
Win + B Set focus in the notification area
Win + D Show or hide the desktop
Win + E Open File Explorer
Win + H Open the Share charm
Win + I Open the Settings
Win + K Open the Devices charm
Win + L Lock your computer
Win + M Minimize all windows
Win + R Open the Run dialog box
Win + S Search Windows
Win + T Cycle through apps on the taskbar
Win + X Open the hidden menu
Win + F1 Open the Microsoft Windows help and support centre
Win + left arrow or Win + right arrow Snap File Explorer windows i.e. open it on one side of the screen (left or right, depending on which arrow you hit)
Win + Tab Open the Task view
Win + PrtSc Save a screenshot in the Pictures folder
Win + Ctrl + Left or Right arrow To switch between virtual desktop screens
Win + Ctrl + D Add a new virtual desktop
Win + Enter Open Narrator
Win + +/- Zoom in or out using Magnifier
Win + Esc Exit Magnifier
Shortcut Function keys
F1 key Display Help
F2 key To Rename the selected item
F3 key Search for a file or a folder
F4 key Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
F5 key Refresh the active window
F6 key Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F7 key To spell check and grammar check in MS Word document, Outlook, etc
F8 key Used to enter the Windows startup menu, mainly used to access Windows Safe Mode
F9 key Refresh document in Microsoft Word
F10 key Activate the menu bar in the active program
F11 key Maximize or minimize the active window
F12 key Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word
Alt + F4 Close current open program
Ctrl + F4 Close window in program
Shift + F10 Simulate right-click on selected item
Shortcut Keys for Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer
Ctrl + E Open the Search bar
Ctrl + F Start the Find utility
Ctrl + H Open the History bar
Ctrl + I Open the Favorites bar (Internet Explorer)
Ctrl + L Move your cursor to url
Ctrl + N Start another instance of the browser
Ctrl + O Open the Open dialog box (Google Chrome)
Ctrl + P Open the Print dialog box
Ctrl + R Refresh the current browser screen
Ctrl + T New Tab
Ctrl + Shift + T Reopen the recently closed tabs
Ctrl + Shift + I Open the Developer Tools /Inspect element window (Google Chrome)
Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn Jump to the next open tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp Jump to the previous open tab
Ctrl + Shift + N Open a new window in Incognito mode