Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

July 5, 2016

Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time and energy. Plus, when you’re web browsing and sharing content on various social media sites, you’ll save tons of time when using shortcuts. Also, using them regularly can reduce repetitive strain on your joints. There are some keyboard shortcuts that are in the must learn category and the most popular ones are included in the top ten list after the video.

Here’s a fascinating video about some keyboard shortcuts you may not have known about:


The top 10 keyboard shortcuts that most people use are shown below. We are using the PC as an example, but if you have an Apple, you substitute Cmd for Ctrl:

1. Ctrl + C = copy

2. Ctrl + V = paste

3. Ctrl + X = cut

4. Ctrl + Z = undo

5. Ctrl + F = find

6. Alt + Tab = switches between open programs

7. Ctrl + Backspace = deletes a full word at a time instead of a single character.

8. Ctrl + S = save

9. Ctrl + Home = moves the cursor to the beginning of the document.

10. Ctrl + P = print

Most people know these most basic shortcuts, but a refresher always helps us become a little more proficient and productive. Below you will find out how to take a screenshot and what the Function keys on a PC indicate:

key[Image Source: Tom Stefanac Wikimedia]

Here’s a list and definition of the Windows Function keys:

F1: open the help page or window
F2: rename an object
F3: find
F4: shows the address bar 
F5: refreshes the page
F6: moves to a different panel or screen element in a window or the desktop

Screenshots are really useful and here’s how to take one:

ALT+Print Screen: capture a screenshot of a window
CTRL+Print Screen: capture the entire screen/desktop

Using keyboard shortcuts can really save you a lot of time. If you have a favorite keyboard shortcut that is not listed here, please let us know in the comments.

Leah Stephens writes under the pseudonym, Stellabelle. She is an artist/researcher who writes books and you can connect with her here. 

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