Important Computer shortcut keys You Must Know

In modern times, there is no confusion in saying that computers have become a useful component of everyday life.

You must know the shortcut keys if you use the computer frequently. It provides an easier mode of navigating and executing commands in computer software.

Using shortcut keys is helpful for computer users, allowing them to perform tasks accurately and in less time. Furthermore, shortcut keys can improve productivity and reduce the stress caused by redundant activities.

The shortcut keys are one or more keys that generate a special command to be executed. For example, most Shortcut keys are executed by using the Alt or Ctrl key with some other keys.

Important Computer Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Keys

Function

Alt+F

To open the file menu or file tab

Alt+E

To open the Edit file menu option for programs supporting a file menu

Alt+Tab

Switches between all open applications in the Taskbar

F1

Opens the Help screen for almost every program

F2

Allows you to rename a selected file or folder

F3

Opens a search feature for an application that is active at the moment.

F5

Allows you to refresh or reload the page or document window.

F6

Moves the cursor to the address bar in most Internet browsers.

F7

Used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft Apps (e.g. Word).

F8

Used to access the boot menu in Windows when turning on the computer.

F9

Refreshes a document in Microsoft Word and sends and receives emails in Outlook.

F10

Activates the menu bar of an open application.

F11

Enters and exits full screen mode in Internet browsers.

Ctrl+D

Creates a new bookmark or favorite for the current page.

Ctrl+N

Create a new document or Tab

Ctrl+O

Open a URL, document, image, or other file types.

Ctrl+A

Select all text, files, pictures, or other objects while in a graphical user environment.

Ctrl+B

Make selected text Bold

Ctrl+I

Make selected text italicize and unitalicize

Ctrl+U

Underline the selected text

Ctrl+S

Save the Active file or document 

Ctrl+X

Used to cut selected text and save it to the clipboard

Shift+Del

Delete the file permanently without moving it to the Recycle bin first.

Ctrl+C

To copy the text or image

Ctrl+V

To paste the text or image

Ctrl+Y

Redo last action

Ctrl+Z

Undo Last Action

Ctrl+K

Add hyperlink for selected text

Ctrl+P

Print a picture or Document

Home

Used to move the cursor to the top of the screen or file or to the previous word or beginning of line

Ctrl+Home

Moves the cursor to the beginning of a document

End

Moves the cursor to the end of the line, document, page, cell, or screen

Ctrl+End

Moves the cursor to the end of the document

Ctrl+Left arrow

To move the cursor one word left at time.

Ctrl+Right arrow

To move the cursor one word right at time.

Alt+F4

Completely closes the application you're using

Alt+Enter

Switch the console into full screen view

Ctrl + Shift + Spacebar 

Create a non-breaking space

Ctrl + Shift+ < 

Decrease font size one value

Ctrl + Shift + >  

Increase the font size one value

Ctrl + [ 

Increase the font size by 1 point

Ctrl + ]

Decrease the font size by 1 point

Ctrl + Spacebar

Remove paragraph or character formatting

Ctrl + Alt + V 

Paste special

Ctrl + Shift + V 

Paste formatting only

Ctrl+F10 

Maximise the document window

Ctrl + Shift + T 

Enter the current time

Ctrl + ;

Enter the current date

Shift + F3 

Open the Excel formula window

Shift + F5

Bring up search box.

Ctrl + F9 

Minimizes a workbook window to an icon

Ctrl + F10

Maximizes or restores the selected workbook window

Ctrl + F6 

Go to the next open document window

Ctrl + Page Down 

To move the cursor one Page Down.

Ctrl + Tab

Switch between open tabs in a browser

Ctrl + Page Up 

To move the cursor one Page Up.

Alt + =

Create a formula to sum all of the cells

Ctrl + ’

Insert the value of the above cell into cell currently selected.

Ctrl + Arrow key 

Move to next section to text

Ctrl + Space

Select entire column

Shift + Space

Select entire row

Ctrl+L

To left-align the selected text

Ctrl+R

To right-align the selected text

Ctrl+J

To justify the selected text

Ctrl+E

To centre align the text

Ctrl+Del

To delete the word to the right

Shift+Del

To permanently delete a file

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