Top 10 windows shortcuts everyone should know

windows shortcuts

If your job relies heavily on using windows operating system, keyboard shortcuts can help boost your productivity. Windows shortcuts also help to reduce repetitive strain, that may result from typing, while keeping you focused. These typically offer alternative means for invoking commands only accessible through menu, mouse or an aspect of the user interface.

A Keyboard shortcut is a set of one or more keys that invoke a command in the operating system. Below are top 10 shortcuts links to programs on windows operating system like; internet browsers, Microsoft word, excel among others.

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F1 Key

This redirects you to get help on a selected command. When the key is pressed, it opens a help screen where you can type in your query.

Ctrl + C

This copies the highlighted text or selected item to the clip board.

Ctrl + V

This pastes the text or object that is in the clipboard.

Ctrl + P

This is used to print the page being viewed. Pressing this shortcut will bring a print dialog box where you will input the commands and the document will be printed.

Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End

This moves the cursor to the beginning or end of a document

Ctrl + S

This is used for saving a document or any other file in almost every windows program. You can press it at intervals to constantly save your work to prevent loss in case of power shut down.

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Ctrl + Backspace

This deletes a full word at a time instead of a single character.

Ctrl + Left Arrow or Right Arrow

Pressing this shortcut will move the cursor one word at a time in the specified direction. For example, if you want to move the cursor one word to the right, you will press Ctrl + Right Arrow. If you wanted to highlight one word at a time, press Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow or Right Arrow depending on the direction you want it.

Ctrl + F

This opens the Find in any program like your internet browser to find a particular text on the current page.

Ctrl + Z

This is used to undo any change. For example if you cut text, pressing this will undo the process. Pressing it multiple times also will undo multiple times. If accidentally, you pressed it multiple times, Ctrl + Y will redo the undo.

Pressing Ctrl + C, for example is faster at copying selected text as compared to removing your hand from the keyboard, clicking the mouse to copy from the file menu and then placing your hand back on the keyboard. This simple illustration is good enough to show you the importance of Windows shortcuts. Use these and many more and enjoy your experience on the PC.


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