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50 Shortcut Keys in Computer that Everyone Should Know

You know we all have that one friend or co-worker whose windows skill makes us feel like a Neanderthal. They barely touch the mouse but their screen lights up with all kinds of tasks and boxes and their finger go lightning-fast on that keyboard. They even have time to casually chat with Cortana and stream game afterwards. But this is no sorcery. Your friend is simply whiz when it comes to hotkeys and you can be too. Hence, here are 50 shortcut keys skills that very computer maestro needs to know.

50 Shortcut Keys in Computer

50 shortcut keys in computer

Using your keyboard to navigate your computer and performing basic to complex tasks is very easy. In fact, you can do most things on your keyboard as you would use a mouse. Take note of these useful shortcuts and tricks on your keyboard in order to simplify and speed up your work.

Alt + F: File menu options in the current program.

Alt + E: Edit options in the current program

F1: Universal Help in almost every Windows program

Ctrl + A: Select all text.

Ctrl + X: Cut the selected portion

Shift + Del: Cut selected item.

Ctrl + C: Copy selected item.

Ctrl + Ins: Copy selected item.

Ctrl + V: Paste selected item.

Shift + Ins: Paste.

Home: Goes to the beginning of the current line.

Ctrl + Home: Goes to the beginning of the document.

End: Goes to the end of the current line.

Ctrl + End: Goes to the end of the document.

Shift + Home: Highlights from the current position to the beginning of the line.

Shift + End: Highlights from the current position to end of the line.

Ctrl + Left arrow: Moves one word to the left at a time.

Ctrl + Right arrow: Moves one word to the right at a time.

Windows Shortcut keys

Looking forward to playing tricks with your windows with shortcut keys? Learn them from here:


WINKEY + D: This will take you to a new virtual Desktop, even when you are working on an active window.

WINKEY  + M: This will promptly minimize any active windows on your computer.

WINKEY Logo + Shift + M: This will quickly restore any windows that you have minimized using the previous shortcut command.

Ctrl+ WINKEY Logo + →/←: This will shift between your working desktop and virtual desktop that you’ve created.

Ctrl+ WINKEY Logo + F4: Are you done with the virtual desktop? Use this key to make that desktop disappear and return to your main desktop.

WINKEY Logo + E: This will launch the My Computer folder.

WINKEY Logo + F: Use this shortcut command to quickly search through the files or folders in your computer.

WINKEY Logo + R – This will launch the Run dialog box, which will help you instantly find and launch any program on your computer.

WINKEY + Numkey(1-9): Each number represents an app in your taskbar from the left to right and this combo will help you open a required app from your takbar.

WINKEY + →/←: This combo will help you share the screen between your two windows.

Ctrl + Alt +Tab: This command will show you all the apps currently running on your PC plus you can easily shift from one app to another this way.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: This is an easy-peasy way to open your Task Manager and see the work progress of your running tasks.

WINKEY + E: This will open the file manager window on your PC.

WINKEY + “+” or “-“: This will lead you to open the magnifier app which allows you to zoom in and out wherever you point your cursor.

WINKEY + prt sc: This allows you to take the screenshot of your windows and immediately save it in the image folder in your hard drive.

WINKEY + A: This combo opens the action center for you.

WINKEY + C: Wanna talk to Cortona in between of your task? This will launch Cortana in listening mode.

WINKEY + L: This allows you to lock down your PC While you need to step away for a while and no one will access your user profile. Make sure you set a password and not forget it to unlock the PC again.

Hold NUM LOCK for 5 seconds: This will switch your computer’s Toggle Keys(some e.g. Caps Lock, Insert, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock) on or off.

END: This will take you to the bottom part of an active window.

HOME: This will show you the top part of an active window.

NUM LOCK + *:  This command will provide you with a list of sub-folders available in your chosen folder.

NUM LOCK + “+”: This will provide you with a list of files contained within a chosen folder.

NUM LOCK + “-”: This will do the opposite of the command above as it will collapse the list of files within a folder.

CTRL + F: This will prompt the Find utility within a web page or document.

CTRL + E: This will launch the Search bar in an active window.

CTRL + H: This will launch the History bar in an active window.

CTRL + O: This will launch the Open dialog box that will enable you to select files from folders to open and use.

CTRL + N: This will launch a new instance of the same, whether you are using a web browser or making a new blank document.

CTRL + P: This will launch the Print dialog box so you can print out a document or web page.

CTRL + R: This shortcut command will update the current Web.

CTRL + B, or I, or U: This is one of the most basic shortcut commands in Microsoft that allows you to bold, italicize, or underline chosen text or texts (respectively).

With these new keyboard shortcuts and tricks, you do not have to worry when all of a sudden your mouse stopped working. This is also advantageous for those who prefer working on their keyboards instead of the mouse. Hence, these are the 50 shortcut keys for your computer and windows to make your interaction with computer easy-peasy and faster working speed as well.

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