Making Your Life Simpler in 2013 with Keyboard Shortcuts



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