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Keyboard shortcuts are really useful on any type of PC. They will speed up almost everything you do. But long lists of keyboard shortcuts can quickly become overwhelming if you are just getting started. This list will cover the most useful keyboard shortcuts that every Windows user should know. If you haven’t used keyboard shortcuts much, these will show you just how useful keyboard shortcuts can be.

The Power of TAB!

Seriously, watching someone move from the ‘username’ to the ‘password’ box or the next part of a form with the mouse, is not only slow, and slightly painful to watch, but it’s a waste of energy, simply click tab!

Tab Key
  • Windows Key + Search
  • The Windows key is particularly important in Windows 10 because it allows you to quickly return to the Start screen. It opens the Start menu, and you can start typing immediately after you press the Windows key to search for programs, settings and files.

    For example, if you want to launch Firefox, you can press the Windows key, start typing the word Firefox, and press Enter when the Firefox shortcut appears. It’s a quick way to launch programs and open files.

  • Copy, Cut, Paste
  • Copy, Cut, and Paste are extremely important keyboard shortcuts for text-editing. These options can be accessed using the mouse, either by right-clicking on selected text or opening the application’s Edit menu, but this is the slowest way to do it.

    After selecting some text, press Ctrl+C to copy it or Ctrl+X to cut it. Position the cursor where you want the text and use Ctrl+V to paste it. These shortcuts can save you a huge amount of time over using the mouse.

  • Quickly Print
  • You can quickly open the print window by pressing Ctrl+P. This can be faster than hunting down the Print option in every program you want to print something from.

  • Switch between Applications and Tabs
  • Rather than clicking buttons on your taskbar, Alt+Tab is a very quick way to switch between running applications. Windows orders the list of open windows by the order you accessed them, so if you’re only using two different applications, you can just press Alt+Tab to quickly switch between them.

    If switching between more than two windows, you’ll have to hold the Alt key and press Tab repeatedly to toggle through the list of open windows. If you miss the window you want, you can always press Alt+Shift+Tab to move through the list in reverse.

    To move between tabs in an application, such as the browser tabs in your web browser, press Ctrl+Tab. Ctrl+Shift+Tab will move through tabs in reverse.

  • Search the Current Page or File
  • To quickly perform a search in the current application, whether you’re in a web browser, PDF viewer, document editor, or almost any other type of application, press Ctrl+F. The application’s search (or “Find”) feature will pop up, and you can instantly start typing a phrase you want to search for.

    You can generally press Enter to go to the next appearance of the word or phrase in the document, quickly searching through it for what you’re interested in.

  • Basic Browser Shortcuts
  • Web browser shortcuts can save you tons of time, too. Ctrl+T is a very useful one, as it will open a new tab with the address bar focused, so you can quickly press Ctrl +T, type a web address, and press Enter to go there.

    To go back or forward while browsing, hold the Ctrl key and press the left or right arrow keys.

    If you’d just like to focus your web browsers address bar so you can type a new web address or search without opening a new tab, press Ctrl + L. You can then start typing something and press Enter.

  • Close Tabs and Windows
  • To quickly close the current application, press Alt+F4.

    To quickly close the current browser tab or document, press Ctrl+W. This will often close the current window if there are no other tabs open.