Computer Shortcut Key

There is no doubt in saying that in this technology era, the computer has become a very important part of daily life! If you are a frequent user of computers, then there you must be aware of the shortcut keys of the keyboard. Generally, the shortcut key of a computer is a set of one or more keys that invoke a command in software. So by the use of shortcut keys, you can increase productivity by invoking commands with a few keystrokes, otherwise, it will be accessible only through a menu, a mouse, or through any other aspect.

These are the most basic computer keys that every computer user should know about. These shortcuts also work for most of the other computer applications that are further listed in this article:

Computer Shortcut Keys

Here is a list of commonly used shortcut keys that can provide an easier and quicker method of using computer programs:

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 – while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
  • 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 + 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
  • Shift – when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Computer Shortcut Keys (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

Computer Shortcut Keys (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

Special Computer Shortcut Keys

  • 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

Computer 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

Computer Shortcut keys for Microsoft Word 

  • Ctrl +B –  Bold text
  • Ctrl + D – Displays the Font dialogue box
  • Ctrl + F – Displays the Find dialog box to search the current document
  • Ctrl + H – Displays the Replace dialogue box
  • Ctrl + I – Italicize text
  • Ctrl + K – Create a hyperlink
  • Ctrl + N – Create a new document
  • Ctrl + O – Opens a new document
  • Ctrl + P – Prints a document
  • Ctrl + S – Saves a document
  • Ctrl + U – Underlines text
  • Ctrl + Right arrow – To move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
  • Ctrl + Left arrow – To move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
  • Ctrl + Down arrow –To move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
  • Ctrl + Up arrow – To move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph

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