Keyboard Shortcuts For The PC

It is a good idea to know at least a few keyboard shortcuts for the PC when using your computer.

The following keyboard shortcuts will save you a lot of time and energy when put to use.

The following keyboard shortcuts are located at the very top of your keyboard. I want to not that a lot of these shortcuts will work on most programs and devices. For example the F1 key is always for help. Take a look at the follow chart for basic keyboard shortcuts.

Esc  Cancel the current task
F1  Display Help
F2  Rename the selected item
F3  Search for a file or folder
F4  Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer
Alt+F4  Close the active item or exit the active program
Ctrl+F4  Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
F5 (or Ctrl+R)  Refresh the active window
F6  Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10  Activate the menu bar in the active program 
Shift+F10  Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Keyboard Shortcuts

The next group of keyboard shortcuts that I want to share with you will be using the the arrow, CTRL, ALT, and Shift keys. These shortcuts will be use frequently for things like copy and paste.

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)  Copy the selected item
Ctrl+X  Cut the selected item
Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)  Paste the selected item
Ctrl+Z  Undo an action
Ctrl+Y  Redo an action
Delete (or Ctrl+D)  Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift+Delete  Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
Ctrl+Right Arrow  Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl+Left Arrow  Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl+Down Arrow  Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl+Up Arrow  Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key  Select a block of text
Shift with any arrow key  Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar  Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl+A  Select all items in a document or window
Alt+Enter  Display properties for the selected item
Alt+Spacebar  Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt+Tab  Switch between open items
Ctrl+Alt+Tab  Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel  Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab  Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Alt+Esc  Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
Ctrl+Esc  Open the Start menu
Alt+underlined letter  Display the corresponding menu
Alt+underlined letter  Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
Right Arrow Open the next menu to the right
Left Arrow  Open the next menu to the left
Alt+Up Arrow  View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
Ctrl+Shift+Esc  Open Task Manager
Shift when you insert a CD  Prevent the CD from automatically playing
Left Alt+Shift  Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled
Ctrl+Shift  Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
Right or Left Ctrl+Shift  Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

 

A few more keyboard shortcuts that I think dessearve a mention is the Ctrl + tab that will move you through tabs and if you add shift to the keyboard shortcut it will move you back through the tabs. Shift + tab will move you through options backward and tab forward. This is one we all should know but Enter replaces the mouse left click, try it on any website.

You can find an extensive list of Microsoft keyboard shortcuts here.

Check this link for Apple keyboard shortcuts.

Here is the list of keyboard shortcuts for Linux.

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