How To Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Most pc users are accustomed to using their mouse for most actions they do on the computer. However, there is a much more powerful and easier way to navigate; this is the Windows keyboard shortcuts. Most of us are aware of the copy Cntrl+C, paste Cntrl+V and Cntrl+Alt+Delete (task manager), but there are many more. Knowing quite a few of these can be very helpful in the event your mouse has stopped working.

Let’s use this scenario; you are in the middle of working on an important Excel spreadsheet and your mouse freezes. You need to save your data but are unsure how to do it without your trusty mouse. No need to fret, you can just use one of the many built-in Windows keyboard shortcuts; all you have to do hit Cntrl+S to save.

Cntrl+S is probably the most widely available keyboard shortcuts and common in most Windows programs. We have put together a list for you of the most commonly used functions, along with a brief description of what they do.

Please note, the computer shortcuts which call for Windows+ are for a Windows keyboard, to see if yours is the right type you will see a Windows Logo Key somewhere on the actual keyboard.

  • WINDOWS+D – Switches between show desktop & show open Windows.
  • WINDOWS+M – Minimizes all Windows. Alt + Tab – Displays a list of open programs and switches to next program.
  • Ctrl + W – Closes existing windows
  • Ctrl + O – Opens a file or document
  • Ctrl + X – Cut t selected text or objects
  • CTRL+P – Print the current document of the active application.

Within programs such as text editors, spreadsheet programs, etc.

  • Ctrl + B – Makes a font Bold
  • Ctrl + I – Italicize Fonts
  • Ctrl + U – Underline words
  • Ctrl + R – Align right
  • Ctrl + L – Align left
  • Ctrl + E – Align center
  • Alt + Tab – switches from one window to another
  • F5 – Refreshes browser/page cache
  • F6 – places your cursor in the URL box on the browser
  • Alt + F4 – Brings up shut down menu
  • Shift + Tab – Go back

There are quite a few more shortcuts, however, these are the most widely used. It is true however, most people will still continue to use the mouse, however, once you get used to all the Windows keyboard shortcuts you might decide to use both the mouse and keyboard.