Shortcut Keys of Computer

In today’s world, computers have become integrated into our daily lives. To be proficient in computers, operating a keyboard is one of the most important parts to deal with. The different computer shortcut keys provide an easier way for the user for completing the task accurately and in less time.

The computer shortcut keys are a set of one or two keys that helps in executing a particular command with the help of Alt, Ctrl, and some other keys.

Basic Computer Shortcut Keys

These shortcut keys are very important and basic that every user should know while working on deleting, pasting, or copying a text. It’s quite efficient to use shortcut keys instead of using the cursor.

Ctrl/Command Based Shortcut Keys

S.No.Shortcut KeysExplanation
1.Ctrl+AIt allows you to select all the documents from the open window including images and other objects.
2.Ctrl+XUsed to cut the selected content or item.
3.Ctrl+CUsed to Copy the selected content or item.
4.Ctrl+InsUsed to Copy the selected content or item.
5.Ctrl+VUsed to paste the selected content or item.
6.Ctrl+DDeletes the selected content or item.
7.Ctrl+Alt+DelOpens Windows task manager.
8.Ctrl+ZUndo the last action.
9.Ctrl+HomeGo to the beginning of the document.
10.Ctrl+EndGo to the end of the document.
11.Ctrl+NOpen a new window/document.
12.Ctrl+HOpen the history tab/bar.
13.Ctrl+JOpen the download tab/bar.
14.Ctrl+FStarts the find utility.
15.Ctrl+IOpens the favorite bar.
16.Ctrl+POpen the print dialog box.
17.Ctrl+SOpen the save as a dialog box.
18.Ctrl+YUsed to redo a command.
19.Ctrl+EscOpen the windows start menu.
20.Ctrl+Shift+EscOpens the task manager.
21.Ctrl++Increases the zoom level.
22.Ctrl–Decreases the zoom level.
23.Ctrl+Left arrowMove one word to the left at a time.
24.Ctrl +Right arrowMove one word to the right at a time.
25.Ctrl+Up arrowMove the cursor one paragraph up.
26.Ctrl+Down arrowMove the cursor one paragraph down.
27.Ctrl+BackspaceDeletes the last typed word.
28.Ctrl+F4Closes the current tab.
29.Ctrl+WCloses the current tab.
30.Ctrl+Shift+TabSwitch to the previous tab.
31.Ctrl+Shift+NTo start a new incognito session.
32.Ctrl+TabToggle between tabs(right to left).
33.Ctrl+TOpen a new tab.
34.Ctrl+RRefreshes(Reloads) the current webpage.
35.Ctrl+KInsert the Hyperlink.

Alt-based Shortcut Keys

S.No.Shortcut KeysExplanation
1.Alt+TabSwitch between the open windows.
2.Alt+F4Closes the current window.
3.Alt+EnterShows property of the selected item. Same as right clicking on a mouse.
4.Alt+SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu for the active window.
5.Alt+Left ArrowGo back to the previous history if it is present in the Bowser.
6.Alt+Right ArrowGo forward in the browser window.
7.Alt+Page UpScroll up the Entire Screen.
8.Alt+Page DownScroll down the Entire Screen.
9.Alt+EEdits/Menu options in the current program.
10.Alt+FFile menu options in the current program.
11.Alt+EscSwitch between applications on the taskbar.

Windows(Win) based Shortcut Keys

S.No.Shortcut KeysExplanation
1.Win+XShutdown options.
2.Win+PrtScnTake a Screenshot.
3.Win+LLocks the computer screen.
4.WinDisplay or hide the Start screen.
5.Win+BSet focus in the notification area.
6.Win+COpen charms.
7.Win+DUsed to show/hide the desktop.
8.Win+EOpen file explorer.
9.Win+FOpen feedback.
10.Win+MUsed to minimize all open windows.
11.Win+Shift+MUsed to restore all minimized windows.
12.Win+PSelect a presentation display mode.
13.Win+QOpen search for menu.
14.Win+ROpen the Run dialog box.
15.Win+TNavigate through applications on the taskbar.
16.Win+UOpen Ease Of Access Center.
17.Win+ZDisplay the commands used in the current open window.
18.Win+Down ArrowMinimize the desktop window or clear the current app from the screen.
19.Win+Up ArrowMaximize the window.
20.Win+Left ArrowMaximizes the window to the left side of the screen.
21.Win+Right ArrowMaximizes the window to the right side of the screen.
22.Win++Zoom in using a magnifier.
23.Win–Zoom out using a magnifier.
24.Win+Pause/Break Open system properties dialog box.
25.Win+Number KeysOpens the applications pinned to the taskbar.

Functions Shortcuts Keys

S.No.Shortcut KeysExplanation
1.F1Display help.
2.F2Rename the selected item.
3.F3Search for a file or folder.
4.F4Display the address bar.
5.F5Refresh the active windows.
6.F6Move the cursor in the address bar of different browsers
7.F10Activates the menu bar in the active application.
8.F11Used to enable and disable the fullscreen.
9.F12Used to save a file as save as.

GMail Shortcut Keys

For these shortcuts to work you need to enable the Setting -View all Setting-Keyboard Shortcut as ‘ON’ on GMail.

S.No.Shortcut KeysExplanation
1..]Archive the email and proceed to the next email.
2..aReply all.
3..cCompose a new email.
4..eArchive email and return to the inbox.
5..g then iGo to inbox.
6..rReply to the sender.
7.+uMark unread.
8.++cAdd cc recipients.
9.++bAdd bcc recipients.

MS Word Shortcut Keys

S.No.Shortcut KeysExplanation
1.Ctrl+BBold highlighted section.
2.Ctrl+CCopy the selected text.
3.Ctrl+XCut the selected text.
4.Ctrl+VPaste the selected text.
5.Ctrl+NOpen a new/blank document.
6.Ctrl+OOpen options.
7.Ctrl+POpen the print window
8.Ctrl+FOpen the find box.
9.Ctrl+IItalicize the selected text.
10.Ctrl+KInsert Link.
11.Ctrl+UUnderline the selected text.
12.Ctrl+GFind and replace option.
13.Ctrl+HFind and replace option.
14.Ctrl+WClose the document.
15.Ctrl+DFont options.
16.Ctrl+ASelects all the fields in document.
17.Ctrl+1Single space line.
18.Ctrl+2Double space line.
19.Shift+F3Change the case of the selected text.
20.Ctrl+SSave documents.
21.Ctrl+BackspaceDeletes the word to the left of the cursor.
22.Alt+Shift+DInsert current date.
23.F7Spell check selected text or document.
24.Shift+F12Save documents.
25.F12Save As.
26.Ctrl+Shift+FChange the font.

MS Excel Shortcut Keys

S.No.Shortcut KeysExplanation
1.Ctrl+BBold highlighted section.
2.Ctrl+CCopy the selected text.
3.Ctrl+XCut the selected text.
4.Ctrl+VPaste the selected text.
5.Ctrl+NOpen a new/blank workbook.
6.Ctrl+OOpen options.
7.Ctrl+POpen the print window
8.Ctrl+FOpen the find box.
9.Ctrl+IItalicize the selected text.
10.Ctrl+KInsert Link.
11.Ctrl+UUnderline the selected text.
12.Ctrl+GGoto.
13.Ctrl+HFind and replace option.
14.Ctrl+WClose the workbook.
15.Ctrl+DFont options.
16.Ctrl+Shift+FChange the font.
17.Ctrl+1Single space line.
18.Ctrl+2Double space line.
19.Shift+F3Change the case of the selected text.
20.Ctrl+SSave workbook.
21.Ctrl+BackspaceDeletes the word to the left of the cursor.
22.Alt+Shift+DInsert current date.
23.F7Spell check selected text or workbook.
24.Shift+F12Save workbook.
25.F12Save As.
26.F4Repeat the last action
27.Ctrl+F6Next workbook window.

Shortcuts for Inserting symbols and special characters in Word, Powerpoint and Excel Documents.

S.No.Shortcut KeysSymbolExplanation
1.Alt+0133…Three dots with continuation.
2.Alt+0128€Euro Currency.
3.Alt+0136^Cap Arrow.
4.Alt+0139<Single annotation quotation left.
5.Alt+0155>Single annotation quotation right.
6.Alt+0187>>Double greater than mark.
7.Alt+0171<<Double less than mark.
8.Alt+0169©Copyright.
9.Alt+0174®Registered.
10.Alt+0173Hyphen or Dash.
11.Alt+0161¡Down Exclamation mark.
12.Alt+0152~Intermediate.
13.Alt+0036$Dollar Symbol.
14.Alt+8377₹Indian Rupee Symbol.
15.Alt+0151–Em-dash symbol.

There are plenty of shortcut keys available. However, commonly used shortcut keys are above listed. Thanks for reading.


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