Key steps to easier computing

Philip Brooks suggests some keyboard shortcuts in his latest blog
Philip Brooks suggests some keyboard shortcuts in his latest blog

Keyboard shortcuts are an easy way to do things faster, however many computer users don’t use them as they find them hard to remember.

So why don’t you have a go at learning the following simple shortcuts – you’ll be surprised at how much easier you’ll find using your computer!

Let’s start with some simple shortcuts using the CTRL key:

CTRL+C – copy; CTRL+X – cut; CTRL+V – paste

CTRL+Z – undo the last operation; CTRL+Y – redo the last operation

CTRL+P – print; CTRL+S – save

CTRL+A – select all text

CTRL+O – open a file

CTRL+F – find text in the current page/document

CTRL+Home – move the cursor to the beginning of the document

CTRL+End – move cursor to the end of the document

Slightly less well-known but just as useful are:

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW – move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word

CTRL+LEFT ARROW – move insertion point to beginning of the previous word

CTRL+DOWN ARROW – move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph

CTRL+UP ARROW – move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph

CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys – highlight a block of text

ALT+TAB – switch between open programmes

ALT+F4 – close the active item, or quit the active program

ESC – cancel the current task

The following shortcuts work for the majority of internet browsers:

CTRL+T – open a new browser tab; CTRL+W – close current browser tab

CTRL+L – select browser address bar

CTRL+D – bookmark current website

F11 Key – full screen mode; press F11 again to return

There are shortcut keys within File Explorer:

F3 Key – search for a file or folder within File Explorer

ALT+ENTER – view the properties for the selected file or folder

F4 Key – display the Address bar list in File Explorer

Microsoft also has its own shortcut keys:

WIN – display/hide the Start menu

WIN+D – display the desktop

WIN+M – minimise all open windows

WIN+Shift+M – restore the minimised windows

WIN+E – open My Computer

WIN+F – search for a file or folder within My Computer

WIN+F1 – display Windows Help

WIN+ L – lock the keyboard

And finally, in Windows 10:

WIN+any of the arrow keys – snap current window to the left, right, top or bottom of the screen

WIN+S – search the web and Windows with Cortana keyboard function

WIN+I – open Windows settings

WIN+TAB – open the new Task View interface. Only the windows from your current virtual desktop will appear, so use the virtual desktop switcher at the bottom of the screen to switch between virtual desktops.

An easy-to-read table listing all these shortcuts and more can be found on our website: www.diamondbyte.co.uk