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  • Last Updated : 23 Nov, 2021

Did you know that using keyboard shortcuts can increase productivity and save you time?… Yes, the term “shortcut” may seem daunting at first, but if you use computers every day it’s important to consider the benefits! To help you to get into the habit of using keyboard shortcuts, here are three reasons that may encourage you even more: 

  • Efficient
  • Multitasking
  • Time-Saving

We have listed some shortcut keys: 

1. Ctrl Key Shortcuts:

Combination of KeysWorking
Ctrl + ASelect All
Ctrl + BBold The Text
Ctrl + CCopy
Ctrl + DBookmark The Page in Browser
Ctrl + EDisplay Address Bar in Internet Explorer
Ctrl + FFind any File, Folder or Text
Ctrl + GGo To Function (in Ms-Word or MS-Excel)
Ctrl + HOpen History in Internet Browser
Ctrl + IMake Text Italic in MS Word, MS Excel & MS Powerpoint
Ctrl + JOpen Downloads in Internet Browser
Ctrl + KInsert Hyperlink in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint
Ctrl + LText Justification in MS Word
Ctrl + MMake New Slide in MS Powerpoint
Ctrl + NOpen the New Application Window in Internet Browser
Ctrl + OOpen a File
Ctrl + PPrint a Document or Picture
Ctrl + QClose Microsoft Powerpoint
Ctrl + RReload The Page in Internet Browser
Ctrl + SSave Any Document
Ctrl + TOpen a New Tab in Internet Browser
Ctrl + UUnderline The Text
Ctrl + VPaste
Ctrl + WClose a Program, Window, tab or Document
Ctrl + XCut Any Text, Image, Video
Ctrl + YRedo the command
Ctrl + ZUndo the command

2. Windows Key Shortcuts:

Combination of KeysWorking
Windows Key + DDisplay Desktop
Windows Key + EOpen My Computer
Windows Key + FSearch File
Windows Key + LLock Your Computer
Windows Key + NOpen MS-Note One
Windows Key + ROpen Run Dialog Box
Windows Key + TOpen Apps on Taskbar
Windows Key + UOpen Ease of Access Center
Window Key + VOpens Clipboard app(which has the list of previously copied texts)
Windows Key + XOpen Window Mobility Centre
Windows + Tab  Open the Task view
Windows Key + Left arrow or Windows Key + Right arrowSnap windows
Windows Key + PrtSc keyScreenshot of the entire screen

3. Function Key Shortcuts:

Combination of KeysWorking
F1Brings Up A Help Window In Many Applications
F2Renames A Selected Object
F3Open Search Box In Browsers
F4Display The Address Bar List In My Computer Or Windows Explorer
F5Refresh A Displayed Page In Browser
F6Cycles Through The Screen Element In A Window
F7Performs Spell And Grammar Check(MS Word)
F8Extend Selection(Ms Office)
F9Updates Field(MS Office)
F10Activates Menu Bar Options
F11Toggles Between Full Screen And Normal Display In Browsers
F12Opens “Save As” Dialog(MS-Office)

4. Some Miscellaneous Shortcuts:

Combination of KeysWorking
ALT + FFile menu options in the current program.
ALT + EOpen Edit options in the current program.
ALT + TABSwitch between open programs.
SHIFT +DELCut selected item.
HOMEGoes to the beginning of the current line.
CTRL + HOMEGoes to the beginning of the document.
ENDGoes to the end of the current line.
CTRL + ENDGoes to the end of the document.
SHIFT + HOMEHighlights from the current position to the beginning of the line.
SHIFT + ENDHighlights from the current position to end of the line.
CTRL + LEFT ARROWMoves one word to the left at a time.
CTRL + RIGHT ARROWMoves one word to the right at a time.
CTRL + ESCOpen the Start menu.
CTRL + SHIFT + ESCOpen Windows Task Manager.
ALT + F4Close the currently active program.
ALT + ENTEROpen the properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.).
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