A Guide to Computer Shortcuts

Computers are tools that we use in our everyday lives. From writing papers, to doing research, to playing games, to using them as a way of communicating with others, computers are almost a necessity in today’s world. It is becoming more and more important for people to know how to use computers. Do you think you already know everything there is to know about your computer? Here is a list of some keyboard shortcuts (that you may or may not have known about) that will help you to navigate your computer quickly and effectively. Some of the keyboard shortcuts can be used in word documents, and others are specifically for use on the internet.

First, here’s an example to get you started: CTRL + C means that you hold down the CTRL key and the C key at the same time. When you do this, the computer will copy the word (or words) that you’ve highlighted. Please review the list and enjoy.

General Shortcuts:

  • CTRL + C ………. Copy selected words/text
  • CTRL + V ………. Paste
  • CTRL + Z ………. Undo
  • CTRL + Y ………. Redo
  • CTRL + A ………. Select All
  • CTRL + X ………. Cut
  • CTRL + U ………. Underline text
  • CTRL + I ………. Italicize text
  • CTRL + B ………. Bold text
  • CTRL + Right Arrow Key ………. Will move cursor one word to the right
  • CTRL + Left Arrow Key ………. Will move cursor one word to the left
  • Home ………. Bring the cursor to beginning of the current line
  • Shift + Home ………. Will select all text from cursor’s current position to the start of the current line
  • End ………. Bring the cursor to the end of the current line’s text
  • Shift + End ………. Will select all text from cursor’s current position to end of the current line
  • CTRL + End ………. Goes to the end of the document
  • CTRL + Enter ………. Moves cursor to top of next page
  • CTRL + F ………. Find
  • F1 ………. Help
  • CTRL + S ………. Save
  • CTRL + P ………. Print
  • CTRL + W ………. Close
  • CTRL + N ………. New document
  • CTRL + O ………. Open
  • CTRL +Alt + Del ………. Reboot computer

On the Internet:

  • CTRL + Enter ………. Fills in web address with the ‘WWW’ and the ‘.com’
  • Backspace ………. Go back
  • Highlight URL + Alt + Enter ………. Opens webpage in new window
  • CTRL + Page Up (or Page Down)………. Switches between tabs
  • Alt + Tab ………. Switches between windows
  • CTRL + (+) ………. Zoom in
  • CTRL + (-) ………. Zoom out
  • Alt + D ………. Select all text in the address bar
  • CTRL + D ………. Bookmark page
  • CTRL + R ………. Refresh page
  • CTRL + H ………. Opens history
  • CTRL + E ………. Opens the search bar

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