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The most Important Shortcuts Keys For Computer

By Tom Grant
Published in Apps & Software
April 26, 2022
4 min read
  • CTRL+A… … … … … . . Select All
  • CTRL+C … … … … . . Copy
  • CTRL+X… … … … … . . Cut
  • CTRL+V… … … … … . . Paste
  • CTRL+Z… … … … … . . Undo
  • CTRL+B… … … … … . . Bold
  • CTRL+U… … … … … . . Underline
  • CTRL+I … … … … … . Italic
  • F1 … … … … … … .Help
  • F2 … … … … … … .Rename selected object
  • F3 … … … … … … .Find all files
  • F4 … … … … … … .Opens file list drop-down in dialogs
  • F5 … … … … … … .Refresh current window
  • F6 … … … … … … .Shifts focus in Windows Explorer
  • F10 … … … … … … Activates menu bar options
  • ALT+TAB … … … … … . Cycles between open applications
  • ALT+F4 … … … … … . .Quit program, close current window
  • ALT+F6 … … … … … . .Switch between current program windows
  • ALT+ENTER… … … … . . Opens properties dialog
  • ALT+SPACE … … … … . . System menu for current window
  • ALT+¢ … … … … … . opens drop-down lists in dialog boxes
  • BACKSPACE … … … … . Switch to parent folder
  • CTRL+ESC … … … … . Opens Start menu
  • CTRL+ALT+DEL … … … . Opens task manager, reboots the computer
  • CTRL+TAB … … … … . Move through property tabs
  • CTRL+SHIFT+DRAG … … . Create shortcut (also right-click, drag)
  • CTRL+DRAG … … … … .Copy File
  • ESC … … … … … .Cancel last function
  • SHIFT … … … … …Press/hold SHIFT, insert CD-ROM to bypass auto-play
  • SHIFT+DRAG … … … … Move file
  • SHIFT+F10… … … … . Opens context menu (same as right-click)
  • SHIFT+DELETE … … … . . Full wipe delete (bypasses Recycle Bin)
  • ALT+underlined letter … . Opens the corresponding menu

PC Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Document Cursor Controls
  • HOME … … … to beginning of line or far left of field or screen
  • END … … … .to end of line, or far right of field or screen
  • CTRL+HOME … … .to the top
  • CTRL+END … … . to the bottom
  • PAGE UP … … . .moves document or dialog box up one page
  • PAGE DOWN … … .moves document or dialog down one page
  • ARROW KEYS … … move focus in documents, dialogs, etc.
  • CTRL+ > … … . .next word
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ > … . .selects word
  • Windows Explorer Tree Control
  • Numeric Keypad * … Expand all under current selection
  • Numeric Keypad + … Expands current selection
  • Numeric Keypad – … Collapses current selection
  • ¦ … … … . .Expand current selection or go to first child
  • ‰ … … … . .Collapse current selection or go to parent

Special Characters

  • ‘ Opening single quote … alt 0145
  • ’ Closing single quote … alt 0146
  • “ Opening double quote … alt 0147
  • “ Closing double quote… alt 0148
  • – En dash… … … . alt 0150
  • — Em dash … … … .alt 0151
  • … Ellipsis… … … .alt 0133
    • Bullet … … … . alt 0149
    • ! Registration Mark … .alt 0174
  • Copyright … … … .alt 0169
  • Trademark … … … . .alt 0153
  • ° Degree symbol… … . .alt 0176
  • ¢ Cent sign … … … alt 0162
  • 1⁄4 … … … … . alt 0188
  • 1⁄2 … … … … . alt 0189
  • 3⁄4 … … … … . alt 0190

PC Keyboard Shortcuts

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  • é … … … … … alt 0233
  • É … … … … … alt 0201
  • ñ … … … … … alt 0241
  • ÷ … … … … … alt 0247
  • File menu options in current program
  • Alt + E Edit options in current program
  • F1 Universal help (for all programs)
  • Ctrl + A Select all text
  • Ctrl + X Cut selected item
  • Shift + Del Cut selected item
  • Ctrl + C Copy selected item
  • Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
  • Ctrl + V Paste
  • Shift + Ins Paste
  • Home Go to beginning of current line
  • Ctrl + Home Go to beginning of document
  • End Go to end of current line
  • Ctrl + End Go to end of document
  • Shift + Home Highlight from current position to beginning of line
  • Shift + End Highlight from current position to end of line
  • Ctrl + f Move one word to the left at a time
  • Ctrl + g Move one word to the right at a time
  • Alt + Tab Switch between open applications
  • Alt +
  • Shift + Tab
  • Switch backwards between open
  • applications
  • Alt + Print
  • Screen
  • Create screen shot for current program
  • Ctrl + Alt + Del Reboot/Windows task manager
  • Ctrl + Esc Bring up start menu
  • Alt + Esc Switch between applications on taskbar
  • F2 Rename selected icon
  • F3 Start find from desktop
  • F4 Open the drive selection when browsing
  • F5 Refresh contents
  • Alt + F4 Close current open program
  • Ctrl + F4 Close window in program
  • Ctrl + Plus
  • Key
  • Automatically adjust widths of all columns

Windows Explorer

  • Alt + Enter Open properties window of selected icon or program
  • Shift + F10 Simulate right-click on selected item
  • Shift + Del Delete programs/files permanently
  • Holding Shift
  • During Bootup
  • Boot safe mode or bypass system files
  • Holding Shift
  • During Bootup
  • When putting in an audio CD, will prevent
  • CD Player from playing

WINKEY SHORTCUTS

  • WINKEY + D Bring desktop to the top of other windows
  • WINKEY + M Minimize all windows
  • WINKEY +
  • SHIFT + M
  • Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M
  • and WINKEY + D
  • WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer
  • WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs on taskbar
  • WINKEY + F Display the Windows! Search/Find feature
  • WINKEY +
  • CTRL + F
  • Display the search for computers window
  • WINKEY + F1 Display the Microsoft! Windows! help
  • WINKEY + R Open the run window
  • WINKEY +
  • Pause /Break
  • Open the system properties window
  • WINKEY + U Open utility manager
  • WINKEY + L Lock the computer (Windows XP! & later)

OUTLOOK! SHORTCUT KEYS

  • Alt + S Send the email
  • Ctrl + C Copy selected text
  • Ctrl + X Cut selected text
  • Ctrl + P Open print dialog box
  • Ctrl + K Complete name/email typed in address bar
  • Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
  • Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection
  • Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
  • Ctrl + R Reply to an email
  • Ctrl + F Forward an email
  • Ctrl + N Create a new email
  • Ctrl + Shift + A Create a new appointment to your calendar
  • Ctrl + Shift + O Open the outbox
  • Ctrl + Shift + I Open the inbox
  • Ctrl + Shift + K Add a new task
  • Ctrl + Shift + C Create a new contact
  • Ctrl + Shift+ J Create a new journal entry

WORD! SHORTCUT KEYS

  • Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page
  • Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
  • Ctrl + C Copy selected text
  • Ctrl + X Cut selected text
  • Ctrl + N Open new/blank document
  • Ctrl + O Open options
  • Ctrl + P Open the print window
  • Ctrl + F Open find box
  • Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection
  • Ctrl + K Insert link
  • Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
  • Ctrl + V Paste
  • Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed
  • Ctrl + Z Undo last action
  • Ctrl + G Find and replace options
  • Ctrl + H Find and replace options
  • Ctrl + J Justify paragraph alignment
  • Ctrl + L Align selected text or line to the left
  • Ctrl + Q Align selected paragraph to the left
  • Ctrl + E Align selected

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Tom Grant

Tom Grant

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Table Of Contents

1
PC Keyboard Shortcuts
2
Special Characters
3
PC Keyboard Shortcuts
4
Windows Explorer
5
WINKEY SHORTCUTS
6
OUTLOOK! SHORTCUT KEYS
7
WORD! SHORTCUT KEYS

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