Making Your Life Simpler in 2013 with Keyboard Shortcuts

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If keeping things simple is on your list for 2013, we've compiled some of the most basic keyboard shortcuts for Windows operating systems to help make your computing more efficient.

Print a copy and keep near your keyboard--you might be surprised at how quick and easy they are to learn, and how much time they save in the long run.

For a selected (highlighted) item or file:

  • CTRL A: Select All
  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic
  • CTRL+P: Print
  • CTRL+S: Save

Windows System Shortcuts

  • F1: Help
  • F2: Rename selected object
  • F3: Search for a file or folder
  • F10: Activates menu bar options
  • CTRL+D: Bookmark selected page (in most Internet browsers)
  • CTRL+H: Open History (in most Internet browsers)
  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager
  • CTRL+SHIFT: Create shortcut-Press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.
  • ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window’s System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
  • ALT+F4: Quit program
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently (bypasses Recycle Bin)
  • SHIFT+F10: Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
  • Windows Logo+E: Open My Computer
  • Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)
  • Windows Logo+M: Minimize all open windows
  • Windows Logo+Shift+M: Restore minimized windows