Top Common Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

Top Common Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

|Oct 7, 2022

By avoiding keyboard shortcuts at your fingertips, you're wasting precious seconds of productivity each time you raise your hands from that keyboard to get to the touchpad or mouse. A key combination is faster to use than a mouse and helps reduce carpal tunnel keyboard, but it also helps you to do a better job of selecting cells or highlighting text more accurately.

Take for instance the ctrl + v or the ctrl + x basic computer shortcut keys that are commonly used and how they save you time in many ways. We have given below some of the best-known keyboard shortcuts you may not use but ought to know!

What is a Keyboard Shortcut?

What is a Keyboard Shortcut?

Input computer accessories devices like a computer keyboard contain a number or combination of keyboard commands that, when pressed together, perform a task more quickly (such as starting an application) than a mouse. Many operating systems, types of keyboards, and applications support split mechanical keyboard shortcuts, sometimes called shortcut keys. Different operating systems and applications perform different tasks with keyboard windows shortcuts. 

Certain Keys Have a Universal Function

Certain Keys Have a Universal Function

A number of ergonomic programming keyboard shortcuts are associated with certain keys, either on their own or in combination with other keys. Any application running under Windows that uses the F1 key will usually show a help menu. By pressing "Alt + F4" on your ergonomic split mechanical keyboard, the current application is closed, or Windows is shut down if no application is open. For example: To find out what hotkeys are used in an application, search its help menu index for the words "hot keys" or "shortcut keys" or "computer shortcut keys".

  • Windows + r to open the Windows ‘Run’ task command window
  • Windows + d to move to the desktop view quickly
  • Windows + . to bring up the emoji list
  • Windows + l to activate the windows Lock Screen
  • Press Windows to bring up the search bar on the taskbar to search for applications.

A computer keyboard's "F" or function key serves as a set of built-in hotkeys or potential hotkeys whose function is determined by the operating system or application being used. Certain operating systems and applications allow users to assign hotkeys to perform specific tasks or launch specific applications. You could, for instance, assign one hotkey for playing music on a compact disk (CD) and another for adjusting the speaker volume.

Some Computer Shortcut Keys You Can Use Daily

Ctrl key

Ctrl key - keyboard shortcut

  • Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) to paste the chosen block of text you have just copied.
  • Ctrl + X to cut any selected block of text.
  • Ctrl + Z to undo any action of function inside an app.
  • Ctrl + Right arrow to change the cursor's position to the start of the previous word in a line of text.
  • Ctrl + Up arrow to move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
  • Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) to copy a selected block of text.
  • Ctrl + Y to redo any action or function inside an app.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Tab to use arrow keys to navigate between multiple apps.
  • Ctrl + Down arrow to move the cursor to the next paragraph.

Alt key

Alt key - keyboard shortcut

  • Alt + F4 to close an active item or app.
  • Alt + Tab to navigate between apps that are open or active.
  • Alt + Esc to pass over items in the sequence they were unlocked.
  • Alt + Left arrow to move back a page.
  • Alt + F8 to reveal the password on the sign-in computer screen.
  • Alt + underlined letter for activating the common for the letter.
  • Alt + Spacebar to view the shortcut tab for an open window.
  • Alt + Enter to view the Properties of a selected item.
  • Alt + Right arrow to move forward a page.
  • Alt + Page Up for moving up a screen.
  • Alt + Page Down for moving down a screen.

Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Shift + arrow for highlighting text blocks

Today, a lot of devices come with very jumpy, inaccurate click pads, and you need to make a few, additional attempts just to select a small portion of text! Touchscreen PCs don't make everything simpler or faster just because you can touch that screen. Using your keyboard, you can highlight text by holding the Shift key and then drag across the cursor on the text you wish to select.

Each time you press the arrow key, you can highlight entire words instead of individual characters if you hold down CTRL. Many programs also allow you to change a text's format without using the mouse, such as italicizing (CTRL + I) or bolding (CTRL + B).

ALT + Left Arrow to move through pages inside a web browser

It's likely that we use our web browser's back button at least a dozen times every day. Here’s a simpler way to go back to the previous webpage without pressing the back arrow button. You don't have to reach for the arrow button every time. Instead, press the ALT key and the left arrow. You can move forward by pressing ALT + Right Arrow.

Shift + arrow for highlighting text blocks

Windows Key + arrow for a Windows snap

Using Windows 10's snap feature, you can split the screen between any two to four applications and then snap those windows next to each other. This helps when you have a lot of applications, browsers, or documents open. When you click on any of these windows, you can drag it to either the right or the left so that it takes up just half the screen space, or into the corners where they then take up just a quarter of the screen.

If you want a window to be snapped to the left area of the screen, then hit Windows + Left Arrow. If you want them on the right, then hit Windows + Right Arrow. Click Windows + Down Arrow or Windows + Up Arrow once you’ve snapped your application to left / right to make it take up a quarter of the screen.

Alt + F4 to close any Windows app you are using

Clicking the X button on the upper right corner of a program's window is the most common method of closing a program. You have to lunge and swipe a lot if you want to shut down several programs simultaneously. On Windows 8, 10, and 11, you close all programs by pressing ALT + F4. A desktop application (but not a Windows Store application) can be closed by pressing CTRL + W.

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