Friday, March 02, 2012

Computer shortcuts...

Hello everyone! Today I am going to show you some basic shortcuts which we use on computers  and at times it works when the mouse has suddenly decided it will not run more. Most of you know it already and I admit  I myself did not know all of them. There are more of these but I am covering just the basic buttons. A reminder if your keyboard itself doesn't work, get a new one. 


Alt + F File menu options in current program
Alt + E Edit options in current program
F1 Universal help (for all programs)
Ctrl + A Select all text
Ctrl + X Cut selected item
Shift + Del Cut selected item
Ctrl + C Copy selected item
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Home Go to beginning of current line
Ctrl + Home Go to beginning of document
End Go to end of current line
Ctrl + End Go to end of document
Shift + Home Highlight from current position to beginning of line
Shift + End Highlight from current position to end of line
Ctrl + f Move one word to the left at a time
Ctrl + g Move one word to the right at a time


Alt + Tab Switch between open applications
Alt +
Shift + Tab
Switch backwards between open
Alt + Print
Create screen shot for current program
Ctrl + Alt + Del Reboot/Windows task manager
Ctrl + Esc Bring up start menu
Alt + Esc Switch between applications on taskbar
F2 Rename selected icon
F3 Start find from desktop
F4 Open the drive selection when browsing
F5 Refresh contents
Alt + F4 Close current open program
Ctrl + F4 Close window in program
Ctrl + Plus
Automatically adjust widths of all columns
in Windows Explorer
Alt + Enter Open properties window of selected icon
or program


WINKEY + D Bring desktop to the top of other windows
WINKEY + M Minimize all windows
Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M
and WINKEY + D
WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer
WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs on taskbar
WINKEY + F Display the Windows Search/Find feature
Display the search for computers window
WINKEY + F1 Display the Microsoft® Windows® help
WINKEY + R Open the run window
Pause /Break
Open the system properties window
WINKEY + U Open utility manager
WINKEY + L Lock the computer (Windows XP & later)


Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
Ctrl + C Copy selected text
Ctrl + X Cut selected text
Ctrl + N Open new/blank document
Ctrl + O Open options
Ctrl + P Open the print window
Ctrl + F Open find box
Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection
Ctrl + K Insert link
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed
Ctrl + Z Undo last action
Ctrl + G Find and replace options
Ctrl + H Find and replace options
Ctrl + J Justify paragraph alignment
Ctrl + L Align selected text or line to the left
Ctrl + Q Align selected paragraph to the left
Ctrl + E Align selected text or line to the center
Ctrl + R Align selected text or line to the right
Ctrl + M Indent the paragraph
Ctrl + T Hanging indent
Ctrl + D Font options
Ctrl + Shift + F Change the font
Ctrl + Shift + > Increase selected font +1
Ctrl + ] Increase selected font +1
Ctrl + Shift + < Decrease selected font -1
Ctrl + [ Decrease selected font -1
Ctrl + Shift + * View or hide non printing characters
Ctrl + f Move one word to the left
Ctrl + g Move one word to the right
Ctrl + h Move to beginning of the line or paragraph
Ctrl + i Move to the end of the paragraph
Ctrl + Del Delete word to right of cursor
Ctrl + Backspace Delete word to left of cursor
Ctrl + End Move cursor to end of document
Ctrl + Home Move cursor to beginning of document
Ctrl + Space Reset highlighted text to default font
Ctrl + 1 Single-space lines
Ctrl + 2 Double-space lines
Ctrl + 5 1.5-line spacing
Ctrl + Alt + 1 Change text to heading 1
Ctrl + Alt + 2 Change text to heading 2
Ctrl + Alt + 3 Change text to heading 3
F1 Open help
Shift + F3 Change case of selected text
Shift + Insert Paste
F4 Repeat last action performed (Word 2000+)
F7 Spell check selected text and/or document
Shift + F7 Activate the thesaurus
F12 Save as
Ctrl + S Save
Shift + F12 Save
Alt + Shift + D Insert the current date
Alt + Shift + T Insert the current time
Ctrl + W Close document

Now you know what to do with your keyboard keys. Do let me know your views and I hope this would be helpful to lot of people.


  1. Thanks Chatter for the whole list of shortcuts i know very few of them so would have to learn all ! they would be of great help too while using the keyboard !

    1. thanks gauri, ya i also didnt know all of them

      most i learnt from others and my fav is ctrl+alt+del hehe

  2. Thats a good number..

    Here is an interesting one for Windows XP:

    Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow

    hehe.. Many don't know that..


  3. this is very helpful info in emergencies ...I can't imagine working without keyboard but these keys are going to help me in case

    Hamaree Rasoi

    1. thank you deepa. ya true at times mouse is not moving or hangs up so it works best

  4. thanks for sharing Meena!!! yeah i know most of them as i use them mostly; few things got to know from this. thanks a ton for sharing. it really helps a lot :)

    1. thank you swetha. glad to know it helped :)

  5. Thank you so much. This is very helpful and useful for people like us who spend so much of their time online. Keep writing..!

    1. ah aswani. finally you showed up. ah and i thought u experts know this better than me. thank you for your valuable comment :)

  6. great work done, i use keyboard to the max than mouse and sometimes forget what keys i use also, due to practice it helps me to a greater extent.

    1. thank you hema. use of keyboard i learnt much later but these new shortcuts are helping me a lot now a days

  7. Thnk u di.. Its really helpful.. I dont knw much shortcuts.. hence use mouse so many times...

    Shortcuts saves time.. & it helps when u ur mouse dsnt work!!

    Thnk u di.. and sry fr commenting late...


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