These are the most basic shortcuts and ones you’ll likely have heard of. They are key in moving through your work quickly and easily.
1. Ctrl+Z : Undo
Irrespective of what you are doing, or where you are doing it, Ctrl + Z is a lifesaver. One possibly can’t survive without this function.
Whatever program you’re running, this function helps you get back to your last input. So don’t worry about all the mistakes as this particular shortcut will save you every time.
2. Ctrl + A : Select All
Again, irrespective of which program you are running, this shortcut key selects all of the text, files, folders, or elements in any given program or page.
Instead of spending your time dragging your mouse all over the page, use this to grab everything in one go.
3. Ctrl + C : Copy
You’ve selected what you wanted to. Now you’d like to copy it.
This is probably one of the top shortcut keys people use when working on their Windows system. Easily copy whatever you like, and it stays with you until you are ready to paste it.
4. Ctrl + V : Paste
Easily paste all that you have copied. It could be a text, file, image, or folder. In any case, this is a very useful feature to bring everything together.
If you would like to paste plain, simple text without original formatting, just add Shift to it, i.e. Ctrl + Shift + V.
5. Ctrl + X : Cut
Don’t want a piece of text/table/image/file in a particular place?
Simply select it and use the shortcut Ctrl + X. The piece gets removed and copied. Then, use the paste shortcut to paste it anywhere you like.
6. Alt + Tab : Switch Screen/Tabs
This one has been around for a while and has been enhanced with upgrades in the Windows OS. Simply press Alt and then the Tab key, and you will switch to the next tab/screen.
Holding down the Alt button and tapping on Tab let’s you move and choose between multiple screens. Talk about multi-tasking!
7. Ctrl + Alt + Del : Start Task Manager
What happens when an application starts to lag or stops responding, or your windows OS stands still and you can’t move a thing? You summon Ctrl + Alt + Del! When you press them together, a magical box called the task manager opens up.
You can then check out which programs/apps were making your PC slow and shut them down from the task manager itself, bringing your PC back to life.
8. Alt + F4 : Close App
This shortcut has been around for decades now! Simply press Alt plus the function F4 key and the application you’re using will close.
However, it is smart enough to ask you to save your work before it shuts down. It also works almost on anything right from your browser to games and custom applications.
9. Ctrl + F : Find
You know you just wrote that sentence, and now you can’t find it! Or you really need to find a particular keyword in a document or a browser? Ctrl + F is the handy shortcut that will open a quick bar where you can type in the keyword, and it will show you all the results in the document matching your request.
10. Ctrl +H : Find and Replace
You just finished your essay, and you realize you’ve been spelling the name of that scientist wrong the whole time! Now you not only need to find the keyword but replace all uses of it with something else. Not a problem at all. The Ctrl + H shortcut comes in handy here.
Just hit the keys and a box will open. You can simply type in the word that you need to find and replace. This works for most document types.
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