PC Shortcut keys provide an easier to navigate through the computer and open launch applications quickly. Shortcut keys are generally accessed by using the Alt key , Command key (on Apple computers), Ctrl key, or Shift key in conmbination with another key. Commonly listing a shortcut is listing the modifier key(alt,shift or ctrl), a plus symbol, and another key. In other words, “Ctrl+S” is telling you to press and hold the Ctrl key, and then press the S key too.

PC shortcut keys
Common PC shortcut keys

Below is a list of some of the most commonly used basic shortcut keys that work with almost every computer and software programs. It is highly advised that all users keep a good note of these shortcut keys or try to memorize them. It will highly increase your productivity.

Tip: Some special characters are also located on the number keys (below the F1 – F12 keys). You can enter these special characters by pressing the Shift key and the number key that has the special character mentioned on it.

Shortcut Keys     Description

Alt+F                File menu options in current program.
Alt+E               Edit options in current program
Alt+Tab          Switch between open programs
F1                    Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2                   Rename a selected file
F5                   Refresh the current program window
Ctrl+N          Create a new or blank document in some software programs.
Ctrl+O          Open a file in current software program
Ctrl+A           Select all text.
Ctrl+B          Change selected text to be Bold
Ctrl+I           Change selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl+U          Change selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl+F          Open find window for current document or window.
Ctrl+S          Save current document file.
Ctrl+X         Cut selected item.
Shift+Del    Cut selected item.
Ctrl+C         Copy selected item.
Ctrl+Ins      Copy selected item
Ctrl+V         Paste
Shift+Ins    Paste
Ctrl+Y         Redo last action
Ctrl+Z         Undo last action
Ctrl+K         Insert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl+P         Print the current page or document.
Home          Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl+Home Goes to beginning of document.
End              Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl+End    Goes to end of document.
Shift+Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift+End     Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl+Left-arrow   Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl+Right-arrow  Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl+Esc        Opens the START menu
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Opens Windows Task Manager
Alt+F4           Close the currently active program
Alt+Enter      Open the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)


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