Helpful Windows Shortcuts reference

Posted on: June 27, 2019

In this article, we share with you the most useful Windows shortcuts to save you time and effort. A Windows shortcut is a combination of keys to press to do a task faster, rather than navigating through the drop downs.

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Time for What Matters: Essential Windows Shortcuts

The average person spends 90,000 hours at work throughout their life. These hours can cost us sleep, affect our mood, and cause us to gain weight. Oh, and work can cause stress, too. We can’t give you a “get out of work free” card, but these essential Windows shortcuts will help you save time.

By gaining efficiency at your computer, you may find you have more time for what matters. At work, this may be devising new innovations or getting out in the field. At home, these shortcuts can free up time to play a board game with the kids or do some gardening with Grandma.

Ctrl + X to Cut

Think about X marking the spot in the text where you want to cut words, an image, or a URL. Drag your cursor over the selection to highlight the particular text/table/image/file (or a part of it). If you don’t want it at all, the cut function is another version of delete. If you want to move the selection, this is your first step.

Ctrl + C to Copy

If you would rather leave the copied text or file where it is and make a duplicate, Ctrl + C is the first step. It accomplishes the same thing as right-clicking on something with your mouse and selecting “Copy”. What do you do with this copy? Read on!

Ctrl + V to Paste

With this simple shortcut, you can place the information you just cut (or copied using Ctrl + C) anywhere you want. The important thing to remember is that the paste function only holds one selection in memory. So, if you cut a phrase from one place, don’t get distracted by an image you want to copy or other text to cut. You want to paste what you have first, then go back and copy or cut the next thing so as not to risk risking losing anything.

Ctrl + Z to Undo

If only this shortcut was available in real life. We could retract that thing we inadvertently said to our loved ones, or take out the salt we put in a recipe instead of sugar, or avoid leaving the house for the gym without our running shoes. 

Still, Windows users are able to undo their most recent action with this key combination. Whichever Windows program you’re in, you can use Ctrl + Z to reverse your last action. To redo something, go with Ctrl + Y.

Keep in mind, it only works for simple things, like typing texts, copying files, or editing pictures. If you click on something you shouldn’t have, or inadvertently messed up your computer, Ctrl + Z is very unlikely to help you!

Alt + Tab to Switch Screens

There are many things you can do with Windows. Perhaps you’re multitasking: you have both a Word document and your favourite browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox open. By pressing Alt and then the Tab key, you can switch between tabs or screens.

If you hold down the Alt button while tapping Tab, you’ll scroll through the list of all open programs and windows. An even better shortcut is Windows + Tab – you can then see miniatures of every open window!

Ctrl + N to open a new window

Pressing Ctrl+N together opens up a new document file or browser window, depending on the program you’re in. It saves you a few drop-down menus and works in most Windows applications and Web browsers.

Ctrl + F to Find

This is another one we’d love to see in the real world. Using the find shortcut calls up a pop-up box where you can enter text or numbers. You can use this shortcut to find what you’re looking for on a Web page, in a PDF document, or in your rough draft of a speech. In fact, you’ll be able to see how many times your search text appears and toggle from one selection to the next.

Ctrl + Mouse Wheel to Zoom

Forgot your reading glasses? Looking at a too-small infographic? Having a tough time locating the right tiny file on your desktop? You can zoom in with this shortcut. Using this shortcut on your desktop makes files and folders larger. In your browser, this function zooms in on the page.

Other Shortcuts

We didn’t want to make this article too long to read! Instead, we created a helpful Windows shortcuts reference, you can download it in a PDF format. The file size is less than 300 Kb and you can print it! Or come see us at our shop and we’ll give you a free printed copy.

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