Windows keyboard shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are keys or a combination of keys that you can press on your keyboard to perform a variety of tasks. Using keyboard shortcuts is usually faster than using the mouse because you can keep both hands on the keyboard. Keyboard shortcuts are also universal, which means you can use many of the same shortcuts in a variety of applications. For example, you can use shortcuts to copy and paste text in a word processor and in a web browser.
Many keyboard shortcuts require that you press two or more keys in a specific order. For example, to perform the shortcut Ctrl + X, you must press and hold the Ctrl key, then press the X key and then release.
You’ll use the Ctrl (Control) or Alt key to perform most keyboard shortcuts. You’ll find these keys near the bottom-left corner of your keyboard.
Working with text
These keyboard shortcuts are useful when working with text in word processors, email applications and more. They can help you perform tasks that are repeated frequently, such as copying and pasting text.
orking with files and applications
You can use keyboard shortcuts to open, close, and switch applications. When working with a file, like a Microsoft Word document, shortcuts can be used to create new files, find words, and print.
Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Force an unresponsive or frozen program to quit. This keyboard shortcut opens the Task Manager. You can then select the unresponsive application and close it.
Delete: Send a selected file or files to the Recycle Bin.
Enter: Open a selected application or file.
Ctrl+N: Create a new file.
Ctrl+O: Open an existing file.
Ctrl+S: Save the current file.
Ctrl+Z: Undo the previous action. If you want to redo the action, press Ctrl+Y.
Windows key: Open the Start menu (or the Start screen in Windows 8).
Keyboard shortcuts can also be used to navigate your web browser. Many of the text shortcuts above are also useful online, like the shortcuts for selecting, copying, and pasting text into your web browser’s address bar. Note that some of these shortcuts may work a bit differently depending on the web browser you’re using.
Ctrl+N: Open a new browser window.
Ctrl+T: Open a new browser tab.
l+D: Bookmark the current page.
Ctrl+B: View bookmarks.
Ctrl+J: View recently downloaded files.
Using the Alt key to navigate menus
When you press the Alt key, you will have access to all menus of the current application. This means that you can perform almost any task with just your keyboard. For example, you can type Alt + F + X to exit an application. When performing these shortcuts, you will not need to press and hold the Alt key.
Finding more keyboard shortcuts
In many applications, you’ll find keyboard shortcuts next to menu items.