Computer Shortcut Keys List Should Know 2021

In computing, a file shortcut is a handle in a user interface that allows the user to find a file or resource placed in a different directory or folder from the place where the shortcut is locate. The computer shortcut keys are a set of one or more keys that make a specific command to be executed.

Shortcut keys help provide an easier and quicker way of navigating and executing commands in the computer software.

Using shortcuts makes you more efficient at doing certain tasks on your computer. These shortcuts keys are able to replace mouse on its absence.

List of basic computer shortcut keys:

  • Alt + F – This is a file menu options in the current program.
  • Alt + E – This is an edits option in the current program.
  • F1 – This is a universal help for any program
  • Ctrl + A– This is a selects of all text.
  • Ctrl + X– This is a cut of the selected item.
  • Ctrl + Del– This is a cut of the selected item.
  • Ctrl + C– This is a copy of the selected item.
  • Ctrl + Ins– This is a copy of the selected item.
  • Ctrl + V– This is a paste of the selected item.
  • Shift + Ins – This is a paste of the selected item.
  • Home – This will takes the user to the beginning of the current line.
  • Ctrl + Home – This will go to the beginning of the document.
  • End – This will go to the end of the current line.
  • Ctrl + End – This will go to the end of a document.
  • Shift + Home – This will highlight from current position to beginning of the line.
  • Shift + End – This will highlight from current position to end of the line.
  • Ctrl + (Left arrow) – This will move one word to the left at a time.
  • Ctrl + (Right arrow) – This will move one word to the right at a time.

Microsoft Windows shortcut keys list

  • Alt + Tab – This is a switch between open applications.
  • Alt + Shift + Tab – This will switch backward between open applications.
  • Alt + Print Screen – This will create screenshot for the current program.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Del – This will reboot/Windows task manager.
  • Ctrl + Esc – This will bring up the start menu.
  • Alt + Esc – This will switch between applications on the taskbar.
  • F2 – This will rename selected icon.
  • F3 – This will start find from the desktop.
  • F4 – This will open the drive selection when browsing.
  • F5 – This is will refresh contents.
  • Alt + F4 – This will close current open program.
  • Ctrl + F4 – This will close window in program.
  • Ctrl + Plus Key– This will automatically adjust widths of all columns in Windows Explorer.
  • Alt + Enter – This will open properties window of selected icon or program.
  • Shift + F10 – This will simulate right-click on selected item.
  • Shift + Del – This will delete programs/files permanently.
  • Holding Shift during Boot up – This will boot safe mode or bypass system files.
  • Holding Shift during Boot up – This will prevent CD Player from playing.

Microsoft Word shortcut keys

  • Ctrl + A – This will select all contents of the page.
  • Ctrl + B – This will bold highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + C – This will copy selected text.
  • Ctrl + X – This will cut selected text.
  • Ctrl + N – This will open new/blank document.
  • Ctrl + O – This will open options.
  • Ctrl + P – This will open the print window.
  • Ctrl + F – This will open find box.
  • Ctrl + I – This will italicize highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + K – This will insert link.
  • Ctrl + U – This will underline highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + V – This will paste.
  • Ctrl + Y – This will redo the last action performed.
  • Ctrl + Z – This will undo last action.
  • Ctrl + G – This will find and replace options.
  • Ctrl + H – This will find and replace options.
  • Ctrl + J – This will justify paragraph alignment.
  • Ctrl + L – This will align selected text or line to the left.
  • Ctrl + Q – This will align selected paragraph to the left.
  • Ctrl + E – This will align selected text or line to the center.
  • Ctrl + R – This will align selected text or line to the right.
  • Ctrl + M – This will indent the paragraph.
  • Ctrl + T – This is a hanging indent.
  • Ctrl + D – This is a font options.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F – This will change the font.
  • Ctrl + Shift + > – This will increase selected font +1.
  • Ctrl + ] – This will increase selected font +1.
  • Ctrl + [ – This will decrease selected font -1.
  • Ctrl + Shift + * – This will view or hide non printing characters.
  • Ctrl + (Left arrow) – This will move one word to the left.
  • Ctrl + (Right arrow) – This will move one word to the right.
  • Ctrl + (Up arrow) – This will move to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
  • Ctrl + (Down arrow) – This will move to the end of the paragraph.
  • Ctrl + Del – This will delete word to the right of the cursor.
  • Ctrl + Backspace – This will delete word to the left of the cursor.
  • Ctrl + End – This will move cursor to end of the document.
  • Ctrl + Home – This will move cursor to the beginning of the document.
  • Ctrl + Space – This will reset highlighted text to default font.
  • Ctrl + 1 – This is a single-space lines.
  • Ctrl + 2 – This is a double-space lines.
  • Ctrl + 5 – This is a 1.5-line spacing.
  • Ctrl + Alt + 1 – Change text to heading 1.
  • Ctrl + Alt + 2  – Change text to heading 2.
  • Ctrl + Alt + 3 – Change text to heading 3.
  • F1 – This will open help.
  • Shift + F3 – This will change case of selected text.
  • Shift + Insert – This will paste.
  • F4 – This will repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+).
  • F7 – This will spell check selected text and/or document.
  • Shift + F7 – This will activate the thesaurus.
  • F12 – This will save as.
  • Ctrl + S – This will save.
  • Shift + F12 – This will save.
  • Alt + Shift + D – This will insert the current date.
  • Alt + Shift + T – This will insert the current time.
  • Ctrl + W – This will close document.

Microsoft Excel shortcut keys

  • F2 – This will edit the selected cell.
  • F5 – This will go to a specific cell.
  • F7 – This will spell check selected text and/or document.
  • F11 – This will create chart
  • Ctrl + Shift +; – This will enter the current time.
  • Ctrl + ; – This will enter the current date
  • Alt + Shift + F1 – This will insert new worksheet.
  • Shift + F3 – This will open the Excel formula window.
  • Shift + F5 – This will bring up the search box
  • Ctrl + A – This will select all contents of a worksheet.
  • Ctrl + B – This will bold highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + I – This will italicize highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + C – This will copy selected text.
  • Ctrl + V – This will Paste
  • Ctrl + D – This will Fill
  • Ctrl + K – This will Insert link
  • Ctrl + F – This will Open find and replace options.
  • Ctrl + G – This will open go-to options.
  • Ctrl + H – This will open find and replace options.
  • Ctrl + U – This will underline highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + Y – This will underline selected text.
  • Ctrl + 5 – This will strikethrough highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + O – This will open options.
  • Ctrl + N – This will open new document.
  • Ctrl + P – This will open print dialog box.
  • Ctrl + S – This will save.
  • Ctrl + Z – This will undo last action.
  • Ctrl + F9 – This will minimize current window.
  • Ctrl + F10 – This will maximize currently selected window.
  • Ctrl + F6 – This will switch between open workbooks/windows.
  • Ctrl + Page up & Page Down – This will move between Excel worksheets in the same document.
  • Ctrl + Tab – This will move between two or more open Excel files
  • Alt + = – This will create the formula to sum all of the above cells.
  • Ctrl + – This will insert the value of above cell into the current cell.
  • Ctrl + Shift + ! – This will format number in comma format.
  • Ctrl + Shift + $ – This will format number in currency format.
  • Ctrl + Shift + # – This is will format number in date format.
  • Ctrl + Shift + % – This will format number in percentage format.
  • Ctrl + Shift + ^ – This will format number in scientific format.
  • Ctrl + Shift + @ – This will format number in time format.
  • Ctrl + (Right arrow) – This will move to next section of text.
  • Ctrl + Space – This will select entire column.
  • Shift + Space – This will select entire row.
  • Ctrl + W – This will close document.

Microsoft Outlook shortcut keys

  • Alt + S – This will send the email.
  • Ctrl + C – This will copy selected text.
  • Ctrl + X – This will cut selected text.
  • Ctrl + P – This will open print dialog box.
  • Ctrl + K – This will complete name/email typed in address bar.
  • Ctrl + B – This will bold highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + I – This will italicize highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + U – This will underline highlighted selection.
  • Ctrl + R – This will reply to an email.
  • Ctrl + F – This will forward an email.
  • Ctrl + N – This will create a new email.
  • Ctrl + Shift + A – This will create a new appointment to your calendar.
  • Ctrl + Shift + O – This will open the outbox.
  • Ctrl + Shift + I – This will open the inbox.
  • Ctrl + Shift + K – This will add a new task.
  • Ctrl + Shift + C – This will create a new contact.
  • Ctrl + Shift+ J – This will create a new journal entry.

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