Have you ever been working in a document on the computer and thought to yourself “There has to be an easier way to do this!?”
There most likely is! I’ve compiled a list of some common scenarios and the keyboard key combination that can help make your life a little easier.
If you work on the computer you have no doubt had the situation arise where you need to manipulate some text or image from one document / program to another.
Windows program key combinations
With these shortcuts you can perform actions such as copy, paste text / objects. You can also undo changes as well as format text with bold, underline or italic. All with keyboard shortcuts.
- CTRL+C: Copy
- CTRL+X: Cut
- CTRL+V: Paste
- CTRL+Z: Undo
- CTRL+B: Bold
- CTRL+U: Underline
- CTRL+I: Italic
If you are working in a program here are some shortcuts that allow you to do things such as bring up the help for the program, switch between programs, quit the program and lock the computer while working in the program.
Windows system key combinations
- F1: Help
- CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
- ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
- ALT+F4: Quit program
- SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently
- Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)
There are also some quick tips and tricks that you can do with your mouse and keyboard together. Here are a few.
Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for shell objects
- SHIFT+right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands
- SHIFT+double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
- ALT+double click: Displays properties
- SHIFT+DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin
Have an awesome day!