Keyboard Shortcuts Could Save You 15 Days

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Every time I find an easier way to do something it’s a small victory. When it’s something I do all the time, like finding a shortcut to the office or a quicker way to make dinner, it’s even sweeter.

There are some easy shortcuts to accomplish common tasks in Windows. Shaving a couple mouse or key strokes may not seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised how big of an impact they can make on your day to day.

I use copy, cut and paste all the time. I used to highlight the text, right-click, choose “Copy,” then right-click again and choose “Paste” in a new location, but it’s a bit cumbersome. If I right-click in the wrong place, I lose what I’ve just highlighted and I have to start over – frustrating and way too much clicking for my taste.

Now I use my keyboard to copy-paste or cut-paste. To do this, highlight the text to be copied, hold down the CTRL key, and then click “C” to copy (CTRL + C). If you want to cut, or delete-paste instead of copy-paste, you can substitute “CTRL + X” for “C.” Now you can paste the text anywhere you like, including other documents. When you’re at your “Paste” location, hold down CTRL again and then click “V” (CTRL + V). I like to use this functionality to email Web links or post them to my Facebook page.

If you make a mistake, you can quickly “undo” it with (CTRL + Z). This command automatically rescinds the last command performed.

Another shortcut I love to use is (CTRL + F). It brings up a “Find” window that allows you to search entire pages for the text you type into the box. If you’ve ever done a Google search, selected a web link, and then not found the information you’re looking for, CTRL + F can take you right to the information you need on the page.

Want to quickly send a document to your printer? (CTRL + P) will instantly bring up your printer window. If you’re printing to your “default” printer, hit the ENTER key and you’re done.

Navigating the Web can be smooth sailing with a few handy keystrokes. The next time a website hangs up on you, seemingly forever, click F5 to refresh the page and sometimes resolve the issue. Flipping among five different shopping websites to compare prices is a snap if you use (ALT + F6) to switch between windows. Try (SHIFT + CTRL + N) to create a new untitled folder right where you are and save your favorite websites in a flash. I always seem to close a browser window, and then want to go back to that website five seconds later. (CTRL + SHIFT + T) will bring back the tabs I’ve just closed from my browser history, so I don’t have to search around for them.

The Windows Logo button (on your keyboard next to the FN key) has some handy functionality as well. I always seem to have about 10 applications open at once and managing them all can be quite tedious. When I want to get to my desktop for that 11th application, for example, (Windows + M) minimizes all my open windows. Once I’ve found what I am looking for, I bring all the open applications back with (Windows + SHIFT + M). Want to get a closer look at something on your screen? (Windows and the + sign) allow you to zoom in, while (Windows and the – sign) will allow you to zoom back out. When I need to step away from my desk for a few minutes, I lock my computer by clicking (Windows + L). This command will take your screen directly to your Login page, leaving all your current applications still open and running.

These are just a few of my favorite keyboard shortcuts, but there are many more. Post a comment below listing your favorite keyboard shortcuts.

Here is an easy List of shortcuts for you to reference in the future:


CTRL + C = Copy.

CTRL + X = Cut.

CTRL + V = Paste.

CTRL + Z = Undo.

CTRL + F = Find.

CTRL + P = Print.

ALT + F6 = Switch between windows.

SHIFT + CTRL + N = Create a new untitled folder.

CTRL + SHIFT + T = Reopen a tab that was recently closed.

Windows + M = Minimize all open windows.

Windows + SHIFT + M = Re-Open all minimized windows.

Windows and the + sign = Zoom in.

Windows and the – sign = Zoom out.

Windows + L = Switch to your computer’s login screen.


About The Author: Andrea Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at