119 Useful Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

Date:2019-8-13 Author:Olivia
119 Useful Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

Nowadays, people can hardly live without computers. You must be familiar with Windows system and Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel, PPT, Word, etc. It’s convenient to work with them, and even more convenient if you use keyboard shortcuts.

How many shortcuts do you know in Windows system? You might have already used Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V for hundreds of times, but still know little about other useful shortcuts. In fact, there are tons of shortcuts in Windows which are very practical and also easy to learn. Let’s take a quick look.

Windows Shortcuts

1. Windows Key + R:Opens the Run menu

2. Windows Key + E:Opens Explorer

3. Windows Key + D:Hide/display the desktop

4. Windows Key + Up Arrow:Maximize current window

5. Windows Key + M:Minimize all windows

6. Windows + Tab:Open Task view

7. Left Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen:Switch High Contrast on and off

8. Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock:Switch Mouse keys on and off

9. Ctrl + Left or Right Arrow:Move cursor forward or back one word

10. Ctrl + Up or Down Arrow:Move cursor forward or back one paragraph

11. Ctrl + F4:Close active document (does not work with some applications)

12. Ctrl + Esc: Open Start menu

13. Alt + F4:Quit active application or close current window

14. Alt + Tab: Switch between open programs

15. Alt + Esc: Switch between programs in order they were opened

16. Alt + Letter: Select menu item by underlined letter

17. Alt + Spacebar: Open menu for active program

18. Hold Right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Switch Filter Keys on and off

19. Press Shift five times: Switch Sticky keys on and off

20. Hold Num Lock for five seconds: Switch Toggle keys on and off

Internet Explorer Shortcuts

1. F5: Refresh page

2. F11: Toggle between full-screen and regular view

3. Ctrl + D: Add the current site to your favorites

4. Ctrl + I: View your favorites

5. Ctrl + N: Open a new window

6. Ctrl + P: Print the current page

7. Ctrl + T: Open a new tab

8. Ctrl + F4: Closes tabs in the background

9. Ctrl + Tab: Switch between tabs

10. Ctrl + ( + or -): Zoom in or out of page by 10%

11. Ctrl + Enter: Adds www. at the beginning and .com to the end of any text entered in the Address bar

12. Alt + Left Arrow/Backspace: Go back to the previous page

13. Alt + Right Arrow: Go to next page

14. Alt + Down Arrow: Move a selected item down the favorites list

15. Esc: Stop downloading a page

16. Spacebar: Click the notification bar

17. Shift + Spacebar: Move up one page

Shortcuts in Microsoft Word

1. Ctrl + A: Selects all in the current document

2. Ctrl + B: Bold text

3. Ctrl + C: Copies the item or text

4. Ctrl + D: Displays the Font dialogue box

5. Ctrl + E: Switch a paragraph between center and left alignment

6. Ctrl + F: Displays the Find dialog box to search the current document

7. Ctrl + G: Displays the Go To dialog box to search for a specific location in the current document

8. Ctrl + H: Displays the Replace dialogue box

9. Ctrl + I: Italicize text

10. Ctrl + J: Switch a paragraph between justified and left alignment

11. Ctrl + K: Create a hyperlink

12. Ctrl + L: Left align a paragraph

13. Ctrl + M: Indent a paragraph from the left

14. Ctrl + N: Create a new document

15. Ctrl + O: Opens a new document

16. Ctrl + P: Prints a document

17. Ctrl + R: Switch the alignment of a paragraph between left and right

18. Ctrl + S: Saves a document

19. Ctrl + U: Underlines text

20. Ctrl + V: Pastes the copied item or text

21. Ctrl + X: Cuts the selected item or text

22. Ctrl + Y: Redo the last action

23. Ctrl + Z: Undo the last action

24. Ctrl + Enter: Insert a page break

25. Ctrl + F2: Select Print Preview command

26. Ctrl + F4: Closes the active window

27. Ctrl + F6: Opens the next window if multiple are open

Shortcuts in Microsoft Excel

1. Ctrl + A: Select all content in the worksheet

2. Ctrl + B: Bold highlighted selection

3. Ctrl + I: Italicize highlighted selection

4. Ctrl + K: Open the Insert hyperlink dialogue box

5. Ctrl + U: Underline highlighted selection

6. Ctrl + 5: Apply strikethrough formatting

7. Ctrl + P: Brings up the print dialog box

8. Ctrl + Z: Undo

9. Ctrl + F9: Minimize a workbook window to an icon

10. Ctrl + F10: Maximize a selected workbook window

11. Ctrl + F6: Switch to the next workbook window when multiple are open

12. Ctrl + Page Up: Move to previous sheet in a workbook

13. Ctrl + Page Down: Move to next sheet in a workbook

14. Ctrl + Tab: Switch to next tab in dialogue box

15. Ctrl + Apostrophe (‘): Insert the value of the above cell into the cell currently selected

16. Ctrl + Shift + !: Apply the Number format

17. Ctrl + Shift + $: Apply the Currency format

18. Ctrl + Shift + #: Apply the Date format

19. Ctrl + Shift + %: Apply the Percentage format

20. Ctrl + Shift + ^: Apply the Exponential format

21. Ctrl + Shift + @: Apply the Time format

22. Ctrl + Arrow Key: Move to the edge of the current data region in a worksheet

23. Ctrl + Space: Select an entire column in a worksheet

24. Ctrl + Shift + Colon (:): Enter the current time

25. Ctrl + Semicolon (;): Enter the current date

Shortcuts in Microsoft PowerPoint

1. Ctrl + M: Insert a new slide

2. Ctrl + D: Duplicate the current side

3. Ctrl + E: Center a paragraph

4. Ctrl + J: Justify a paragraph

5. Ctrl + L: Left align a paragraph

6. Ctrl + R: Right align a paragraph

7. Ctrl + G: Group Items (with items selected)

8. Ctrl + K: Insert hyperlink

9. Alt + Q: Go to “Tell me what you want to do”

10. Alt + Shift + Left arrow: Promote a paragraph in an outline

11. Alt + Shift + Right arrow: Demote a paragraph in an outline

12. Alt + Shift + Up arrow: Move selected outline paragraphs up

13. Alt + Shift + Down arrow: Move selected outline paragraphs down

14. Alt + Shift + 1: Display outline heading level 1

15. Alt + Shift + +: Expand outline text below a heading

16. Alt + Shift + –: Collapse outline text below a heading

17. Alt + Shift +A: Collapse or show all text or headings

18. Alt + F, use letters to navigate: Move to File tab ribbon

19. Alt + H, use letters to navigate: Move to Home tab ribbon

20. Alt + N, use letters to navigate: Move to Insert tab ribbon

21. Alt + G, use letters to navigate: Move to Design tab ribbon

22. Alt + K, use letters to navigate: Move to Transitions tab ribbon

23. Alt + A, use letters to navigate: Move to Animations tab ribbon

24. Alt + S, use letters to navigate: Move to Slide Show tab ribbon

25. Alt + R, use letters to navigate: Move to Review tab ribbon

26. Alt + W, use letters to navigate: Move to View tab ribbon

27. Alt + F9: Show or hide the guides

28. Shift + F9: Show or hide the grid

29. Shift + F5: View the slide show from the current slide forward

30. Shift + F6: Move counterclockwise among panes in Normal view

There are so many useful shortcuts in Windows that I can’t list them all. And you don’t have to remember all of them, either. Just find what you need most in daily life and work, try them for several times. They’ll become a kind of usual move just like Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V.

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