Simple Computer Shortcut Keys You should Know

Why do we use Shortcut keys?

I use them because they make my work go faster and make me feel more comfortable using the computer. I don’t know about you but all I know for now is that you could use some shortcuts sometimes.

Save Your time with Shortcut keys.

General Computer Shortcut keys

These are general computer shortcut keys for any Windows Operating System. Most of them will work on laptops in combination with the Fn keys.

Ctrl+Alt+Delete – For quick restart on boot

Windows key + R – Run programs by directory

Windows key + W – Open windows in Workspace

Windows key + E – Open File Explorer

Windows key + U – Open Narrator settings

Windows key + I – Open Settings

Windows Key + P – Projector settings

Windows key + S – Open search menu

Windows key + H – Open onscreen keyboard in dictation mode

Windows key + L – Lock screen

Windows key + K – Wireless display connection

Shift Key 5 Times – Open sticky keys settings

Alt+ F4 – Close the active window and opens the shutdown menu when no window is active.

Left Ctrl+Shift+ Prt sc – Take a screenshot of the entire desktop

Ctrl+Alt+Prt sc – Take a screenshot of the active window.

Note that you have to open the Paint application and press Ctrl+V to paste your screenshot and save it. You can also check my full article on how to take screenshots on a Windows computer.

Shortcut keys for Excel, Word and other document editing applications

The following shortcuts will work in any text editing application. Some of them are for Excel only.

Ctrl + A – Select All
Ctrl + B – Bold
Ctrl + C – Copy
Ctrl + D – Fill
Ctrl + F – Find
Ctrl + G – Find next instance of text
Ctrl + H – Replace
Ctrl + I – Italic
Ctrl + K – Insert a hyperlink
Ctrl + N – New workbook
Ctrl + O – Open
Ctrl + P – Print
Ctrl + R – Nothing right
Ctrl + S – Save
Ctrl + U – Underlined
Ctrl + V – Paste
Ctrl + W – Close
Ctrl + X – Cut
Ctrl + Y – Repeat
Ctrl + Z – Cancel
F1 – Help
F2 – Edition
F3 – Paste the name
F4 – Repeat the last action
F4 – When entering a formula, switch between absolute/relative references
F5 – Goto
F6 – Next Pane
F7 – Spell Check
F8 – Extension of the mode
F9 – Recalculate all workbooks
F10 – Activate Menubar
F11 – New graph
F12 – Save As
Ctrl +: – Insert the current time
Ctrl +; – Insert the current date
Ctrl + “- Copy the value of the cell above
Ctrl + ‘- Copy the formula from the cell above
Shift – Offset Adjustment for Additional Functions in the Excel Menu
Shift + F1 – What is it?
Shift + F2 – Edit cell comment
Shift + F3 – Paste the function into the formula
Shift + F4 – Search Next
Shift + F5 – Find
Shift + F6 – Previous Panel
Shift + F8 – Add to the selection
Shift + F9 – Calculate the active worksheet
Shift + F10 – Popup menu display
Shift + F11 – New spreadsheet
Shift + F12 – Save
Ctrl + F3 – Set name
Ctrl + F4 – Close
Ctrl + F5 – XL, size of the restore window
Ctrl + F6 – Next Workbook Window
Shift + Ctrl + F6 – Previous Workbook Window
Ctrl + F7 – Move window
Ctrl + F8 – Resize Window
Ctrl + F9 – Minimize the workbook
Ctrl + F10 – Maximize or Restore Window
Ctrl + F11 – Inset 4.0 Macro sheet
Ctrl + F1 – Open File
Alt + F1 – Insert a graph
Alt + F2 – Save As
Alt + F4 – Output
Alt + F8 – Macro dialog
Alt + F11 – Visual Basic Editor
Ctrl + Shift + F3 – Create a name using the names of row and column labels
Ctrl + Shift + F6 – Previous Window
Ctrl + Shift + F12 – Printing
Alt + Shift + F1 – New spreadsheet
Alt + Shift + F2 – Save
Alt + = – AutoSum
Ctrl + `- Toggle value / display of the formula
Ctrl + Shift + A – Insert the argument names in the formula
Alt + down arrow – automatic view list
Alt + ‘- Format Style Dialog
Ctrl + Shift + ~ – General Format

will add more in the future.

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