keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive
strain, and help keep you focused. For example, to copy text you can highlight
text and press the Ctrl + C shortcut. The shortcut is faster than moving your
hands from the keyboard, highlighting with the mouse, choosing copy from the
file menu, and then returning to the keyboard. Below are the top 10 keyboard
shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use.
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert and Ctrl + X
Both Ctrl + C and Ctrl + Insert will copy the highlighted text
or selected item. If you want to cut instead
of copy press Ctrl + X.
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert
Both the Ctrl + V and Shift + Insert will paste the
text or object that's in the clipboard.
Use the above text input fields to highlight the "Cut or copy
this text" text and press either Ctrl + C to copy or Ctrl + X to Cut the
text. Once Cut Move to the next field and press Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert to
paste the text.
Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
Pressing Ctrl + Z will Undo any
change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. These
shortcuts can also be pressed multiple times to undo or redo multiple changes.
Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the
Use the above text input field to highlight some or all of the
text and then press Ctrl + X to cut the text. Once the text has disappeared
press the Ctrl + Z to undo the cut.
Tip: If you did the first example as well (cut and paste
text) if you continue to press Ctrl + Z it is also going to undo that change.
Ctrl + F
Pressing Ctrl + F opens the Find in
any program. Ctrl + F includes your Internet browserto
find text on the current page. Press Ctrl + F now to open the Find in your
browser and search for "shortcut" to find each time shortcut is
mentioned on this page.
Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab
Pressing Alt + Tab switches between open programs
moving forward. For example, if you have your browser window open and other
programs running in the background press and hold Alt and then press tab to
cycle through each open program.
Tip: Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between tabs in
a program. For example, if you have multiple tabs open in your browser now
press Ctrl + Tab to switch between open tabs.
Tip: Adding the Shift
key to Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab moves backward. For example, if you
are pressing Alt + Tab and pass the program you want to use, pressAlt +
Shift + Tab to move back to that program.
Tip: Windows Vista and 7 users can also press the Windows
Key + Tab to switch through open programs in a full
screenshot of the window.
Ctrl + Back space and Ctrl + Left or Right
Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will
delete a full word at a time instead of a single character.
Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing
the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a
time instead of one character at a time. If you want to highlight one word at a
time, hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left
or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction while
highlighting each word.
Ctrl + S
While working on a document or other file in almost every program,
pressing Ctrl + Ssaves that file. Use this shortcut key frequently
if you're working on anything important in case an error happens, you lose
power, or other problem that causes you to lose any work since the last save.
Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End
Ctrl + Home will move the cursor to the beginning of the document,
and Ctrl + End will move the cursor to the end of a document.
These shortcuts work with most documents, as well as web pages.
Ctrl + P
Open a print preview of the current page or document being viewed.
For example, pressCtrl + P now to view a print preview of this
Page Up, Space bar, and Page Down
Pressing either the page
up or page
down key will move that page one page at a time in that direction.
When browsing the Internet, pressing the space
bar also moves the page down one page at a time.
Tip: If you are using the space bar to go down one page at a
time, press the Shift
key and space bar to go up one page at a time.