People have asked me about those handy little key combinations that everyone seem to forget from time to time. So here it is, WebMurder’s Inc. presents its very own list of smart, competent shortcuts for Windows!
- Ctrl–Alt–Del – The very first combination any Windows user should learn! When your program freezes and nothing else works, try this! It works as well for when you want to log off, or shut down your computer.
- Alt-F4 – Try this when you quickly want to close down a window! Ctrl-W may produce an equivalent effect. Alt-F4 will bring up the Shut Down menu if used at the Desktop.
- Alt-Tab – When you have multiple windows open use this and you can switch between any of them. Keep Alt pressed and switch with Tab!
- Ctrl-click – To select multiple files and/or folders by clicking, independent of their position in a folder. Keep Ctrl pressed! Click again to deselect a selected item.
- Shift-click – To select all subsequent files and folders by clicking, without clicking and dragging a selection box. Works for text too!
- Ctrl-A – To select every file or folder without dragging a selection box. Works for text too!
- Shift-arrow keys – To select files and folders adjacent to the one you’ve selected without clicking. Using the up and down arrow keys will have a similar effect as Shift-click. Works for text too!
- Ctrl-C – To copy a selected file, folder or text. One of three must-learns for every Windows user!
- Ctrl-X – To cut a selected file, folder or text. The second of three must-learns for every Windows user!
- Ctrl-V – To paste a selected file, folder or text. The third of three must-learns for every Windows user!
- Ctrl-Z – Undo the last action. Really handy! In some programs, repeating this will undo even more actions, while in other programs it just undoes the undo-command.
- Ctrl-Y – Redo the last action. Works only if you have used undo first. Perhaps not as handy but worth mentioning!
- Arrow keys – To move up or down in documents, browsers, files and folders. Never forget these essential navigational keys!
- Ctrl-F – To search for something in most programs.
- Ctrl-S – To save, mostly in text editors. Try practicing this one a lot!
- In text situations, Ctrl-I will render selected text in Italics, Ctrl-U will likewise underline selected text and Ctrl-B will make it bold. It may be other commands if you are using a localized version of Microsoft Word.
- In text situations, Ctrl-Shift-Right/Left arrow key will select a word instead of single letters, making it easier to select a sentence or a phrase. Place the text marker before or right after a word!
- In text situations, Shift-Return will tighten the text you write next closer to the above line. Useful formatting shortcut!
- Tab – Can be used to select the next file, folder, menu and button. Use Enter to confirm and Esc to cancel. In conjunction with the arrow keys it allows short access to almost anything on your computer!
- Alt – Can make the drop down menu accessible in a program via the arrow keys. Again, use Enter and Esc to confirm and cancel respectively.
- F5 – Update an Explorer view, or Internet browser. Try it now for instance!
- Windows key-E – Opens My computer.
If Ctrl-Alt-Del fails, and anything else too, try holding in the Power-On button on your computer. Most computers will then power-off after a set time, regardless of the state of the OS.
Many of these shortcuts are applicable in all kinds of situations, or simply when your mouse doesn’t work. Try them out! Many of the above mentioned works for selecting, cutting and pasting images too! There are of course many unmentioned shortcuts, but this is a collection of both the essential, and some little more advanced ones. Enjoy!
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