To ease workflow and reduce processing time, many people are willing to apply all possible methods to achieve this. Keyboard shortcuts help to save a whole lot of time, of navigating and clicking with the computer mouse or touchpad and boost your efficacy rate. The following are the most useful Windows keyboard shortcuts you should know:
Vital Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know while using Windows PC
- Function Keys: The inherent shortcut keys on the keyboard to perform a given action in the computer are the function keys found atop the alphanumeric keys on the keyboard. Here are some of their functions:
- F1: This opens the Help Window ( Windows universal help page to make inquiries for any error or anomaly encountered while using your Windows PC)
- F2: This renames an object
- F3: This is the shortcut key to Find an object or file in the computer and/ or the internet.
- F4: This shows the address bar in Windows explorer
- F5: This refreshes the page
- F6: Moves to a different pane in a window or on the desktop
(N/B: They may either work independently or together with the CTRL key)
Create, Open, Save and Print a File:
- CTRL + N: Creates a new document or opens a new browser window
- CTRL + O: Opens an existing file or document
- CTRL + S: Saves a document
- CTRL + P: Prints the current document you’re working on
III. Selecting Items: The first action you do to a file before copying, cutting or pasting to replace
- CTRL + A: Selects all text in a document or items in a window open on the desktop
- Shift key + Any Arrow Key: Selects desired text within a document and is directed using the arrow key depending on the position of your cursor and the text on the document
- CTRL + Shift + Any Arrow Key: Selects a block of your desired text in the document.
Copy, Cut and Paste a File:
- CTRL + C: Copies the selected text in the document or item in the directory
- CTRL + X: Cuts the selected text in the document or item in the directory
- CTRL + V: Pastes the text or item that was copied or cut previously.
To Undo and Redo and Action:
- CTRL + Z: This is to undo an action
- CTRL + Y: This is to redo an action
To take a Screenshot
- CTRL + Print Screen (prt sc): Captures the full screen / desktop
- ALT + Print Screen (prt sc): Captures a screenshot of the current running windows pane
VII. Moving the Cursor: These are shortcut to move the cursor quickly to a desired spot while typing in document:
- CTRL + Home: Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document
- CTRL + End: Moves the cursor to the end of the document.
- CTRL + Up Arrow: Moves the cursor back to the start of the preceding paragraph.
- CTRL + Down Arrow: Moves the cursor to the beginning of the succeeding paragraph
- CTRL + Right Arrow: Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next word
- CTRL + Left Arrow: Moves the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
VIII. Keyboard Shortcuts working in a browser:
- CTRL + W: Closes a browser window
- CTRL + Shift+ T: Reopens a tab you closed inadvertently
- CTRL + H: Opens your browsing history
- CTRL + T: Opens a new tab in your web browser
Keyboard Shortcuts applicable to a window pane: (N/B: WIN = Windows key)
- WIN + Up Arrow: This maximizes windows to full screen
- WIN + Down Arrow: Minimizes windows screen
- WIN + Right Arrow: This resizes the window to half the display size and berths it to the right of the desktop.
- WIN + Left Arrow: This resizes the window to half the display size and berths it to the left of the desktop.
Keyboard Shortcuts applicable to the Windows system
- Shift + Delete: Deletes a file or item permanently without placing it it in the recycle bin.
- CTRL + Shift + N: This shortcut creates a new folder on the desktop.
- WIN + D: Shows your desktop.
- ALT + Tab key: Shows applications that are currently running and allows you to switch between them.
- ALT + Enter: Shortcut to go to the properties pane for files or folders
- CTRL + ALT + Delete: Brings up the Windows Task Manager or options to log out from your windows
- WIN + L: Locks your computer