Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts greatly enhance your productivity and save you time. Instead of pointing and clicking with the touchpad or external mouse, you can keep your hands on the keyboard and simply press combinations of keys on to get things done. Besides making you more efficient, using keyboard shortcuts also can reduce wrist strain. Here are the best Windows shortcuts you should know or print for quick reference.
The Ultimate Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts
Introduction
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The Best Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
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Shortcut to Create New Folders
Essential Shortcuts for iTunes
Mac, iOS & iPad Quick Tricks
Android & iPhone Shortcuts
Email Shortcuts
Online & Browser Shortcuts
Excel Shortcuts
More Office Shortcuts
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Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

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Copy, Cut and Paste
Use these basic key combinations when you want to duplicate (copy) or move (cut) a photo, snippet of text, web link, file, or anything else into another location or document by pasting it. These shortcuts work in Windows Explorer, Word, email, and pretty much everywhere else.

CTRL+C: Copy the selected item
CTRL+X: Cut the selected item
CTRL+V: Paste the selected item
More Office Shortcuts
Other Useful Shortcuts
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Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

A woman using a keyboard at a desk.
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Copy, Cut and Paste
Use these basic key combinations when you want to duplicate (copy) or move (cut) a photo, snippet of text, web link, file, or anything else into another location or document by pasting it. These shortcuts work in Windows Explorer, Word, email, and pretty much everywhere else.

CTRL+C: Copy the selected item
CTRL+X: Cut the selected item
CTRL+V: Paste the selected item

Selecting Items
Highlight an item so you can copy and paste it or do some other action

CTRL+A: Select all items in a window, on the desktop, or all text in a document
Shift+Any Arrow Key: Select text within a document (e.g., one letter at a time) or one item at a time in a window
CTRL+Shift+Any Arrow Key: Select a block of text (e.g., a whole word at a time)
Find Text or Files
Quickly search a document, web page, or Windows Explorer for a phrase or block of characters

CTRL+F or F3: Opens a “find” dialog box
Basics for working with files. These shortcuts are the equivalent of going to the File menu and selecting: New…, Open…, Save…, or Print.

CTRL+N: Create a new file or document or open a new browser window
CTRL+O: Open a file or document
CTRL+S: Save
CTRL+P: Print
you can quickly jump to a different one
WIN+D: Show your desktop
WIN+L: Lock your computer
CTRL+Shift+N: Create a new folder
Shift+Delete: Delete an item immediately, without placing it in the recycle bin
ALT+Enter or ALT+Double-click: Go to the properties screen for files or folders (much faster than right-clicking and selecting Properties)

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