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Computer Keyboard Shortcut Keys and System Commands

Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

How to Operate Computer with Keyboard? Computer Keyboard Shortcut Keys are very useful way to boost your productivity and to operate computer with keyboard. Computer professionals operate computer more with keyboards rather than mouse or trackpad. There are so many keyboard shortcut keys are available with different system commands but only basic shortcut keys are known to maximum users. Basic shortcut keys like Copy (Ctrl+C), Paste (Ctrl+V), Undo (Ctrl+Z), Redo (Ctrl+Y), Open (Ctrl+O), Save (Ctrl+s), etc. There are many more computer keyboard shortcuts are there which every user should know and we cover almost all of them in this article. Also checkout How to Make Android Run Faster.

What is a Keyboard Shortcut?

Keyboard Shortcuts are keys or combination of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse or touchpad. Keyboard shortcuts can boost your productivity as well as they just don’t get the work done quickly, but also improves your work efficiency. Windows shortcut keys are practically essential for using any type of computer. They’ll speed up almost everything you do with these key combinations. Have a look on How to Increase Speed of Laptop Performance.

Computer Keyboard Shortcut Keys

We are compiled the list of Keyboard shortcuts for Windows into different categories and sub-categories for easy access. So, here is the list of categories for All Shortcut Keys :

General Key Shortcuts

1. Control Key Combinations

Ctrl Key Shortcuts
Ctrl Key Shortcuts

Control Key combinations are those key combinations which are performed by pressing Ctrl Key with some other keys. All the control key shortcuts are very useful for all users because it is very common and frequently used key shortcuts.

Key Combination Tasks
Ctrl + A Select All
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo
Ctrl + B Bold Text
Ctrl + I Italic Text
Ctrl + U Underline Text
Ctrl + Esc Start Windows Menu
Ctrl + Tab Switch Tabs in the Browser
Ctrl + F4 Close the Current Tab
Ctrl + D / Delete Delete the selected item and move it to Recycle Bin
Ctrl + R / F5 Refresh the Active Window
Ctrl + + Zoom In
Ctrl + – Zoom Out
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Change the size of Desktop Icons
Ctrl + ↑ Move slide bar Upward
Ctrl + ↓ Move slide bar Downward
Ctrl + ← Move slide bar Left
Ctrl + → Move slide bar Right
Ctrl + Alt + Tab Switch between All Open Windows/Apps

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2. Shift Key Combinations

Shift Key Shortcuts
Shift Key Shortcuts
Key Combination Tasks
Shift + Delete Delete the Selected items Permanently
Shift + Tab Switch to the Previous Control
Shift + F10 Display the Shortcut Menu for the selected item
Shift + Ctrl + V Paste without Formatting
Shift + Ctrl + Esc Open the Task Manager
Shift + Ctrl + E Display all above selected folders in the File Explorer
Left Shift + Left Alt + Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys ON or OFF

3. Alter Key Combinations

Alt Key Shortcuts
Alt Key Shortcuts
Key Combination Tasks
Alt + Double Click on Folder Open Properties of Selected Folder
Alt + Tab Switch between Open Programs
Alt + F4 Close the Active Window
Alt + Shift Switch between Language Layouts
Alt + Enter Open Properties for the File/Folder
Alt + Space System Menu of the Main Window

Windows Key Combinations

Windows Key Shortcuts
Windows Key Shortcuts
Key Combination Tasks
 Win  Display or Hide the Start Screen
 Win + B  Set focus in the Notification Area
 Win + D  Display or Hide the Desktop
 Win + E  Open File Explorer
 Win + F  Open the Feedback Hub and search for files
 Win + I  Open the Windows Settings
 Win + K  Open the Connect Device Charm
 Win + L  Lock you PC or Switch People
 Win + M  Minimize All Windows
 Win + O  Lock Device Orientation
 Win + P  Open Project Display Mode
 Win + Q  Open Search Charm
 Win + R  Open the Run dialog box
 Win + S Open Search Charm
 Win + T  Navigate through Apps on the Taskbar
 Win + U  Open Ease of Access Center
 Win + V  Navigate through Notifications
 Win + Shift +V  Navigate through Notifications in Reverse Order
 Win + W  Open Window Ink Workplace Charm
 Win + X  Open the Quick Link Menu
 Win + Z  Show the command avaialble in the App
 Win + ,  Temporarily Peek at the Desktop
 Win + .  Navigate through Open Apps
 Win + /  Initiate IME reconversion
 Win + +/-  Zoom In or Zoom Out using Magnifier
 Win + Esc  Exit Magnifier
 Win + Pause  Display the System Properties dialog box
 Win + Ctrl + F  Search for PCs, if you’re on a network
 Win + Shift + M  Restore minimized windows on the Desktop
 Win + Number 1-9  Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, it switches to that app.
 Win + Shift + Number 1-9  Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
 Win + Ctrl + Number 1-9  Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
 Win + Alt + Number 1-9   Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
 Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number 1-9   Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
 Win + Tab  Navigate through recently used apps
 Win + Ctrl + Tab  Navigate through recently used apps (except desktop apps)
 Win + Shift + Tab  Navigate through recently used apps in reverse order
 Win + Ctrl + B  Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area
 Win + ↑  Maximize the window
 Win + ↓  Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window
 Win + ←  Maximize the app or desktop window to the LEFT side of the screen
 Win + →  Maximize the app or desktop window to the RIGHT side of the screen
 Win + Home  Minimize all but the active desktop window [restores all windows on second stroke]
  Win + Shift + ↑  Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
 Win + Shift + ↓  Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
 Win + Shift + ←/→  Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another
 Win + Spacebar  Switch input language and keyboard layout
 Win + Ctrl + Spacebar  Switch to a previously selected input
 Win + Enter  Open Narrator
 Win + Alt + Enter  Open Windows Media Center

Function Key Shortcuts

Function Key Shortcuts
Function Key Shortcuts
Key Combination Tasks
 F1  Start Windows Help
 F2  Renaming the Selected Item
 F3  Find the File
 F4  Search in another directory
 F5  Refreshing the Currect Window
 F6  Controlling the Menu in Windows Explorer
 F10  Activating Menu Bar Options
 F11  Open or Close Full Screen Mode

Shortcut Keys in Microsoft Word

Key Combination Tasks
 F1  Get help on a selected command or use the Office assistant
 F2  Move text or image
 F3  Insert an autotext entry
 F4  Perform last action again
 F5  Displays the Go To dialogue box. You can also get to Find and Replace from here
 F6  Go to the next frame or pane
 F7  Launch the Spell Checker
 F8  Extend the current selection
 F9  Refresh
 F10  Show KeyTips
 F11  Go to the next field
 F12  Open Save As, equivalent to tools menu
 Shift + F1  Review text formatting
 Shift + F2  Copy text
 Shift + F3  Change the case of the selected text
 Shift + F4  Perform a Find or Go To action again
 Shift + F5  Move to a previous revision
 Shift + F6  Go to the previous frame or pane
 Shift + F7  Launch the Thesaurus
 Shift + F8  Shrink the current selection
 Shift + F9  Switch between a field code and its result
 Shift + F10  Display a Shortcut Menu (same as right-clicking)
 Shift + F11  Go to the previous field
 Shift + F12  Save document, equivalent to tools menu
 Ctrl + A  Selects all in the current document
 Ctrl + B  Bold text
 Ctrl + C  Copies the item or text
 Ctrl + D  Displays the Font dialogue box
 Ctrl + E  Switch a paragraph between center and left alignment
 Ctrl + F  Displays the Find dialog box to search the current document
 Ctrl + G  Displays the Go To dialog box to search for a specific location in the current document
 Ctrl + H  Displays the Replace dialogue box
 Ctrl + I  Italicize text
 Ctrl + J  Switch a paragraph between justified and left alignment
 Ctrl + K  Create a hyperlink
 Ctrl + L  Left align a paragraph
 Ctrl + M  Indent a paragraph from the left
 Ctrl + N  Create a new document
 Ctrl + O  Opens a new document
 Ctrl + P  Prints a document
 Ctrl + R  Switch the alignment of a paragraph between left and right
 Ctrl + S  Saves a document
 Ctrl + U  Underlines text
 Ctrl + V  Paste the copied item or text
 Ctrl + X  Cuts the selected item or text
 Ctrl + Y  Redo the last action
 Ctrl + Z  Undo the last action
 Ctrl + Enter  Insert a page break
 Ctrl + F2  Select Print Preview command
 Ctrl + F4  Closes the active window
 Ctrl + F6  Opens the next window if multiple are open

Shortcut Keys in Microsoft Excel

Key Combination Tasks
 F2  Edit the active cell
 F5  Displays the Go To box
 F7  Open the Spelling dialogue box to check a selected range
 F11  Create a chart of data in the current range in a separate sheet
 Ctrl + A  Select all content in the worksheet
 Ctrl + B  Bold highlighted selection
 Ctrl + I  Italicize highlighted selection
 Ctrl + K  Open the Insert hyperlink dialogue box
 Ctrl + U  Underline highlighted selection
 Ctrl + P  Brings up the print dialog box
 Ctrl + Y  Redo
 Ctrl + Z  Undo
 Ctrl + 5  Apply strikethrough formatting
 Ctrl + F6  Switch to the next workbook window when multiple are open
 Ctrl + F9  Minimize a workbook window to an icon
 Ctrl + F10  Maximize a selected workbook window
 Ctrl + ;  Enter the current date
 Ctrl +  Insert the value of the above cell into the cell currently selected
 Ctrl + Shift + :  Enter the current time
 Ctrl + Shift + !  Apply the Number format
 Ctrl + Shift + @  Apply the Time format
 Ctrl + Shift + #  Apply the Date format
 Ctrl + Shift + %  Apply the Percentage format
 Ctrl + Shift + ^  Apply the Exponential format
 Ctrl + Page Up  Move to previous sheet in a workbook
 Ctrl + Page Down  Move to next sheet in a workbook
 Ctrl + Tab  Switch to next tab in dialogue box
 Ctrl + Arrow Key  Move to the edge of the current data region in a worksheet
 Ctrl + Space  Select an entire column in a worksheet
 Shift + Space  Select an entire row in a worksheet
 Shift + F3  Opens Insert Function dialogue box
 Shift + F5  Opens the Find and Replace dialogue box
Atl + Shift + F1  Insert a new worksheet

File Explorer Shortcuts

Key Combination Tasks
 Ctrl + E / F  Select the search box
 Ctrl + N  Open a new window
 Ctrl + W  Close the current window
 Ctrl + Mouse Scroll  Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
 Ctrl + Shift + E  Display all folders above the selected folder
 Ctrl + Shift + N  Create a new folder
 Alt + D  Select the address bar
 Alt + P  Display the preview pane
 Alt + Enter  Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
 Alt + ↓  View the folder that the folder was in
 Alt + ←  View the previous folder
 Alt + →  View the next folder
 ←  Collapse the current selection [if it’s expanded], or select the folder that the folder was in
 →  Display the current selection [if it’s collapsed], or select the first subfolder
 End  Display the bottom of the active window
 Home  Display the top of the active window
 Backspace  View the previous folder
 F11  Maximize or minimize the active window
 Num Lock + *  Display all subfolders under the selected folder
 Num Lock + +  Display the contents of the selected folder
 Num Lock + –  Collapse the selected folder

Internet Explorer Shortcuts

Key Combination Tasks
 Ctrl + D  Add the current site to your favorites
 Ctrl + I  View your favorites
 Ctrl + N  Open a new window
 Ctrl + P  Open a new window
 Ctrl + T  Open a new tab
 Ctrl + Tab  Switch between tabs
 Ctrl + Enter  Adds www. at the beginning and .com to the end of any text entered in the Address bar
 Ctrl + +/-  Zoom in or out of page by 10%
 Ctrl + F4  Closes tabs in the background
 Backspace / Alt + ←  Go back to the previous page
 Alt + →  Go to next page
 Alt +↓  Move a selected item down the favorites list
 Spacebar  Click the notification bar
 Shift + Spacebar  Move up one page
 F5  Refresh page
 F11  Toggle between full-screen and regular view
 Esc  Stop downloading a page

Final Words

These are All Keyboard Shortcut which are working fine & help you to do perform tasks quickly and boost your productivity. Hope this article will help you, if you like this article please share it with your friends, colleagues, family members, etc. If you have any query or suggestions, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you soon.

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