Computer Keyboard Shortcuts That Make Your Life Quick and Easy

To ease and accelerate your technological journey, we are going to reveal some of the most useful computer keyboard shortcuts.

Keys vary between different computer keyboards, so here is a short comparative list to help you:

  • Return = Enter
  • Option = Alt
  • Control = Ctrl
  • Command (four-leaf clover) = Windows
  • Delete = Backspace

The Function Buttons Keyboard Shortcuts

Designated functions like adjusting the speaker volume or screen brightness are pre-existing keyboard shortcuts.

When you need a specific ‘F’ key to perform its real function, you should press down the function key designated by Fn, and some of the following:

F1 opens the Help screen for all programs.

F2 will help you rename any file or folder in the computer.

F3 will provide a search feature on all open applications at that time.

Alt/Option + F4 will help you close windows.

F5 refreshes or reloads the page.

F6 will help you move the cursor to the address bar.

F7 will spell- and grammar-check a document in Microsoft applications like Word.

F8 will allow access to the boot menu in Windows when you turn on the computer or show thumbnail images of all workspaces on a Mac.

F9  sends and receives emails in Microsoft Outlook, refreshes Microsoft Word documents or displays thumbnail images of all windows in a single workspace.

F10 opens the menu bar of applications, and displays all currently open windows and programs.

F11 enters and exits full-screen mode in Internet browsers, and in the case of a Mac, it displays the Desktop.

F12 displays a dashboard in a Mac and opens the ‘Save As’ dialog box in Microsoft Word.

Multi-Button Keyboard Shortcuts

Shift- Command-T opens the most recently closed tab.

Control-Shift-Escape/Command-Option-Escape will pull up the Task Manager.

Windows + F will open “Find Files and Folders”.

The Windows button + D will show the desktop.

The Print Screen button – PrtScr – allows you to take a snapshot of the screen.

If you have a Mac, press Shift-Command-3 to capture the entire screen, Shift-Command-4 to capture a specific area of a page, and Shift-Command-4-Space to capture a specific window.

Windows + L locks the workstation.

File and Document Keyboard Shortcuts

Press the Ctrl or Command button and then some of these:

+ O to open a file

+ A to select all the text on a page or document

+ N to open a new document

+ C to copy highlighted text

+ X to cut highlighted text

+ V to paste copied or cut text

+ S to save a file or document

+ P to print the document you are in

+ W to close a window

+ Q to close an app (Mac only)

+ Up Arrow to scroll to the top of any webpage

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