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These are the most commonly used shortcut keys to help make your day easier.

Quick Tips

Need To Know Keyboard Shortcuts

As regular users of computers, we like to be able to move through them as easily as possible. Some of us like to move faster than others. Shortcut keys are a great way to do this.

Every day I use the Windows key + L button to lock my PC whenever I step away from it. This is a great habit to form, and it’s even a HIPAA requirement of people in the medical world anytime staff leave their PC.

Another big one I use is ctrl + c to copy text and ctrl + v to paste it somewhere. This becomes helpful whenever I need to copy and paste information from a website into a word document or any other similar task.

Below are a list of various shortcut keys you may find helpful. We’ve also linked the source below which links back to many more shortcut keys for various programs.

Windows Shortcut Keys

  • Windows Key + R: Opens the Run menu.
  • Windows Key + E: Opens Explorer.
  • Alt + Tab: Switch between open programs.
  • Windows Key + Up Arrow: Maximize current window.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Task Manager.
  • Windows Key + Break: Opens system properties.
  • Windows Key + F: Opens search for files and folders.
  • Windows Key + D: Hide/display the desktop.
  • Alt + Esc: Switch between programs in order they were opened.
  • Alt + Letter: Select menu item by underlined letter.
  • Ctrl + Esc: Open Start menu.
  • Ctrl + F4: Close active document (does not work with some applications).
  • Alt + F4: Quit active application or close current window.
  • Alt + Spacebar: Open menu for active program.
  • Ctrl + Left or Right Arrow: Move cursor forward or back one word.
  • Ctrl + Up or Down Arrow: Move cursor forward or back one paragraph.
  • F1: Open Help menu for active application.
  • Windows Key + M: Minimize all windows.
  • Shift + Windows Key + M: Restore windows that were minimized with previous keystroke.
  • Windows + F1: Open Windows Help and Support.
  • Windows + Tab: Open Task view.
  • Windows + Break: Open the System Properties dialog box.
  • Hold Right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Switch FilterKeys on and off.
  • Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen: Switch High Contrast on and off.
  • Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock: Switch Mouse keys on and off.
  • Press Shift five times: Switch Sticky keys on and off.
  • Hold Num Lock for five seconds: Switch Toggle keys on and off.

Source: https://turbofuture.com/computers/keyboard-shortcut-keys

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