25 Windows shortcuts to save you time

As the saying goes, time is money, and this couldn’t be more true when you are trying to accomplish work on a computer. Based on your computer knowledge, simple tasks can take longer than expected if you don’t know some common keyboard shortcuts or if you don’t know what exactly you are doing.

To help you save time (and money) the next time you use a computer, here are 25 Windows keyboard shortcuts that can come in handy during many computing situations.

Designed to make your workflow more efficient, the following hotkeys can be used across several computer programs (including the Microsoft Office suite and web browsers).

  1. CTRL + A = Select All (select all text in a document, page, or given region)
  2. CTRL + B = Apply the Bold attribute to the selected text
  3. CTRL + C = Copy the selected text or file(s) to your clipboard for use later
  4. CTRL + I = Italicize the selected text
  5. CTRL + N = Create a New File
  6. CTRL + O = Open a file in the active application
  7. CTRL + P = Print
  8. CTRL + Q = Close or Quit the active program (you can alternatively use the ALT+F4 shortcut)
  9. CTRL + S = Save the current document, file, or page
  10. CTRL + SHIFT + S = Save As allows you to specify the drive, directory, and name of a file to save
  11. CTRL + U = Underline the selected content
  12. CTRL + V = Paste text or files that has been copied to your clipboard
  13. CTRL + X = Cut the selected text or file(s) from the current location to your clipboard for relocation
  14. CTRL + Z = Undo the last action that you performed
  15. The following Windows keyboard shortcuts can make life on the web much easier. Try these web browser shortcuts to navigate the internet much more quickly.

  16. CTRL + R = Refresh or Reload the current web page to show the most recent content and/or changes
  17. CTRL + T = Open a New Tab (works with most newer tab-supported web browsers)
  18. CTRL + TAB = Lets you shift focus through different tabs
  19. BACKSPACE = Go Back to the previous web page
  20. SHIFT + BACKSPACE = Go Forward to the next web page
  21. ALT + HOME = Navigate to your browser’s default Home pageThese Windows-specific shortcuts will help make various common Windows tasks much quicker to perform. Try these Windows shortcuts to ease the redundancy of everyday Windows tasks.
  22. WINDOWS + D = Get straight to your Windows Desktop
  23. WINDOWS + E = Open Windows Explorer
  24. WINDOWS + F = Open Windows built-in Find (or Search) function
  25. WINDOWS + M = Minimize all open programs and windows
  26. ALT + TAB = Navigate between all programs and windows that you have open

These Windows keyboard shortcuts should help make you much more productive while using your computer, whether you are trying to complete some real work at the office, or you are just having fun on your personal computer at home.

Also, don’t forget that Windows also allows you to create your own shortcuts to open programs much more quickly. These custom program shortcuts start with CTRL + ALT + Your Custom Key (for example, you could create a shortcut to Photoshop like CTRL + ALT + A).

To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • Create a desktop shortcut to the program you wish to have a keyboard shortcut to.
  • Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties –> Shortcut –> Shortcut Key
  • Now, press the key you want to bind the shortcut to (no need to press CTRL + ALT yet).
  • That’s it! You can try out your custom keyboard shortcut by pressing CTRL + ALT + your key!

Enjoy using these shortcuts to it much easier to use any Windows computer… and find a new hobby to occupy the free time you’ll gain!

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