Computer Keyboard Shortcuts that you should know

Posted on October 10, 2020


If you are a frequent computer user, you are likely to be performing some repetitive tasks that involve right-clicking and/or selecting a series of menu items. This can be tedious and time-consuming. Luckily, these tasks can be simplified through help of computer keyboard shortcuts.

Computer shortcuts provide an easier way of navigating and performing commands in computer software. This saves time and can greatly increase your productivity.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of keyboard shortcuts that will make your work easier as a regular computer user. Have arranged them in the alphabetical order for ease of access.

Alt + F4

This shortcut is used to close the current active window. In Ms Windows, if no window is open then this can be used to turn the computer off.

Alt + Tab

This shows a pop up of all open applications. Pressing and releasing Tab key while holding the Alt key navigates between all the open applications.

Ctrl + A

This is used to select all text in a document or other objects in a folder.

Ctrl + Alt + Del

Used to sign out the current logged in user. In Ms Windows it can also be used to open task manager, lock screen, switch user or change computer password.

Ctrl + B

When used in Ms Word or other text-editors, selecting some texts and using the shortcut makes the text bold.
When used in a web browser the shortcut shows bookmarked pages.

Ctrl + C

This shortcut is used to copy the selected texts or objects in to the clipboard.

Ctrl + D

This shortcut has a variety of uses.
When used in Ms Word, it opens the font edit dialog box.
When used in Libre Office Word, it underlines the selected text with double lines.
When used in Ms Excel, it fills the current cell with text in the cell directly above it.
When used in a web browser, it saves the current active page to the bookmarks.

Ctrl + E

In Ms Word and its equivalent applications, this shortcut aligns the selected text to the center.

Ctrl + Enter

In Ms Word and its equivalent applications, this shortcut is used to insert a new page after the current position of the cursor.

Ctrl + F

This shortcut is used across multiple applications to find a word or a phrase.

Ctrl + F4

Used to close the current active window. If the window has several tabs open, then this shortcut closes the active tab.

Ctrl + G

This shortcut is used to go to a line or a page in text editors and IDEs.

Ctrl + H

This shortcut have different functionalities depending on the application used.
In web browsers, it is used to open browsing history.
In text editing applications, it is used to open find and replace text dialog box.

Ctrl + I

This is used to italicize the selected texts in text-editing applications such as Ms Word.

Ctrl + J

This shortcut is used to align selected paragraphs in a justified alignment in Ms word and its equivalent applications.

Ctrl + K

The shortcut has a variety of uses depending on the application used.
In web browsers, this shortcut focuses(takes cursor) on the search bar.
In text editors such as Ms Word and its equivalent, it is used to add, edit, or modify a hyperlink to a Web page.

Ctrl + L

In Ms Word and its equivalents, this shortcut is used to left align a paragraph.

Ctrl + Minus(-)

In different applications such as web browsers and PDF readers, the shortcut minimizes the font size and the size of the other objects in the document.

Ctrl + N

In most cases, using this shortcut opens a new window of the current active application.
In some applications, this shortcut may open a new tab.
In video and audio players, this shortcut may be used to skip to the next video/audio in the playlist.

Ctrl + O

This shortcut is used to open a document from the computer storage in the current active application.

Ctrl + P

The shortcut opens the print dialog of the application.

Ctrl + Plus(+)

Very similar to Ctrl + Minus. The shortcut minimizes the font size and the size of the other objects in documents eg. in browsers.

Ctrl + Q

In most applications, this shortcut closes/quits the application.

Ctrl + R

This is used to refresh in most of the applications. In web browsers, this shortcut reloads the current page.

Ctrl + S

In most of applications, this shortcut saves the current open document. If the document had not been saved before, this opens the “Save As” window and allows you to enter the name of the file.

Ctrl + Shift + N

This shortcut is used to create a new folder.

Ctrl + Shift + S

This opens the “Save As” window and allows you to save a new document or to save an existing one with a different name.

Ctrl + T

In the applications that support opening of multiple tabs, the shortcut opens a new Tab.

Ctrl + Tab

In Ms Word and its equivalent, this shortcut inserts a tab spacing after the cursor.
Pressing and releasing Tab key while holding the Ctrl key navigates between the tabs of the current open application eg you can move between the tabs of a web browser through this shortcut.

Ctrl + U

In text editors such as Ms Word, this shortcut underlines the selected text.
In web browsers, the shortcut opens the web page source code which is similar to right-clicking on the web page and selecting “View page source”.

Ctrl + V

In text editors and IDEs, this shortcut pastes the text that had already been copied to the clipboard.

Ctrl + W

This closes the current open application. If the application has more than one open tab, the shortcut closes the current open tab of the application.

Ctrl + X

The shortcut is used to cut the selected text or objects.

Ctrl + Y

This is used to redo a task has been undone.

Ctr + Z

This is used to undo a task.

Win + D

This shortcut minimizes all the open application windows and shows the desktop screen.

Win + E

In Ms Windows, this shortcut opens the file manager.

It’s my hope that this article was helpful to you. With time we will keep updating this page with more and more keyboard shortcuts.

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