50 Keyboard Shortcuts That You Probably Don’t Know (But Should Use)

Do you use your computer or laptop a lot for work or school? Spending hours on your computer isn’t easy. Plus some processes are quite time-wasting, particularly if you have to do them all the time. However, what most people don’t know is that there are tons of keyboard shortcuts you can use while you’re working. The primary aim of these shortcuts is to help you finish faster in the new technology world, this way you become more productive. In this article, we’re going to mention 50 helpful keyboard shortcuts.


  1. CTRL + C


This is one of the basic and most frequently used keyboard shortcuts. It allows you to copy certain text or link without the right-clicking with your mouse. In fact, this keyboard shortcut is time saving which comes handy when you have a lot to right. Pressing two buttons is more efficient than right clicking and waiting for drop down menu to show up just to click Copy.


  1. CTRL + V


When you copy something, you have to paste it on preferred spot. This keyboard shortcut allows you to do so. When you press CTRL + V the copied text will show at intended place. This process is more convenient than using your mouse.


  1. CTRL + X


This shortcut does the opposite of CTRL + C. With CTRL + X you can delete the selected text off of the document you are working on. Again, it eliminates all the hassle with mouse and right clicking.


  1. CTRL + Z


This is one of the most useful keyboard shortcuts that you probably don’t ever use. Let’s say you’re working on your work project or writing school assignment. Then, you accidentally deleted some paragraph that you didn’t want or you performed any action (changed font or anything else) and you changed your mind about it. Well, this keyboard shortcut allows you to undo previous changes.




When you press these buttons you will delete certain file from your computer. However, instead of going to the Recycle bin, that file will be deleted forever.


  1. CTRL + SHIFT (while you drag selected item)


This keyboard shortcut allows you to create a Shortcut icon for the selected item. From now on, there is no need to click on the item and choose Create a shortcut when you can do it by pressing two buttons on your keyboard.


  1. F2 + select the item


When you select some item on your desktop and press F2 you are, now, able to rename your file. The file’s original name will be highlighted and you just have to start typing new name.


  1. CTRL + right arrow


This shortcut is quite useful when you want to copy selected text into some other document. You can use the right arrow key to navigate where the insertion point will be. It is at the start of the next word from the point at which you pressed the right arrow key.


  1. CTRL + left arrow key


It’s similar to the keyboard shortcut written above. This time, instead of inserting the selected text on the next word, the left arrow key will make the insertion on the previous word.


  1. CTRL + down arrow key


This shortcut prompts the insertion of copied text into next paragraph.


  1. CTRL + up arrow key


With this shortcut, you are able to insert selected text or even image into previous paragraph.


  1. hold CTRL + SHIFT then move arrow keys


When you’re holding down CTRL + SHIFT and press the arrow key in whichever direction you want, you get to highlight the selected text. When you’re done selecting, just release the keys you’re holding down.


  1. CTRL + A


When you press this keyboard shortcut, all texts or objects within a certain document are selected. This action saves a lot of time you’d lose on selecting the text in standard manner.


  1. F3


F3 allows you to search files and folders on your computer.


  1. ALT + ENTER


This keyboard shortcut allows you to view properties of selected document or folder. Instead of pressing the right key and looking for Properties, you can view them by pressing two keys.


  1. ALT + F4


With this shortcut you can:

  • Quit an active program
  • Close active file.




The command activates the shortcut menu in the active window.


  1. ALT + TAB


With this shortcut you can rapidly go from one active window to another.


  1. ALT + ESC


You can use this keyboard shortcut when you want to cycle through folders or files you’ve opened in a certain order.


  1. F6


You can press F6 when you want to cycle through window’s or desktop’s screen elements.


  1. F4


By pressing this key, you activate the address bar in My Computer folder and your browser as well.


  1. CTRL + ESC


This particular shortcut allows you to return to the Start menu.


  1. F10


By pressing this handy keyboard shortcut, you activate the Menu bar in certain program that you’re using at the moment.




Backspace allows you to return to the previous file or folder that you viewed prior opening the current one. Also, you can use this key to return to previous website you visited before opening the new one.


  1. ESC


Most people use ESC to exit the full screen mode when they’re watching movies or videos on computer. But, this key can be used to cancel any current task.


  1. F1


This key isn’t used enough. Instead of looking for help on computer, program etc. you can just press F1, which automatically opens Help window.




You can press this key when you want to clear all selected items in a document or web page.


  1. CTRL + scroll wheel


This command lets you zoom in or out of a large number of items e.g. programs pinned to the Start menu/screen.




This action will take you straight to the desktop, even when you’re working in an active window. Also, you can repeat the same action to hide desktop.




With this keyboard shortcut, you can instantly minimize all opened programs, files, or folders on your computer.




This is the opposite of the keyboard shortcut written above. With this command, you restore all programs, files or folders that you minimized.




This command launches My Computer folder.




With this keyboard shortcut you can search through files and folders on your computer.




The command opens Run dialogue box which instantly launches program, file or folder after you type its name.


  1. hold NUM LOCK for 5 seconds


This keyboard shortcut switches computer’s Toggle keys on or off.


  1. END


You’ve probably never used this keyboard shortcut before, but you should. This key takes you to the end or bottom of the page or active window. It’s faster and more efficient than scrolling all the way down.


  1. HOME


This command does the opposite from END; it takes you to the very top of the page or active window.


  1. NUM LOCK + *


With this command you can see all subfolders available in the chosen folder.


  1. NUM LOCK + “+”


It’s quite similar to previous keyboard shortcut. The command lists all files that certain folder contains.


  1. NUM LOCK + “-“


This shortcut does the opposite from previous one. When you press Num Lock and “–“list of files that some folder contains collapses.


  1. CTRL + F


The command opens Find dialogue box within a document or web page.


  1. CTRL + E


This keyboard shortcut launches search bar in active window. For example, in your internet browser.


  1. CTRL + H


The command opens History tab, which is quite handy as you don’t have to look for it anymore.


  1. CTRL + O


This keyboard shortcut launches Open dialogue box where you can select, open, and use preferred file or folder.


  1. CTRL + N


With this command, you launch the “new instance of the same” e.g. new blank document, web browser etc.


  1. CTRL + P


This keyboard shortcut opens Print dialogue box to print a document, web page etc.


  1. CTRL + R


You can use this command to refresh current web page you’re visiting.


  1. CTRL + B, I, U


If you spend hours on your computer just writing, then you will definitely benefit from this shortcut. Pressing CTRL with B, or I, or U lets you bold, italicize, or underline selected word, sentence, paragraph etc.




This keyboard shortcut lets you “lock” your computer so other people can’t browse when you’re not around.




With this keyboard shortcut you can switch the input language or keyboard layout.




The truth is, we spend more time on performing some time consuming tasks while working on school assignment or business project. With useful keyboard shortcuts from this article that doesn’t have to happen. There’s no need to waste valuable time on searching, clicking etc. when all these things can be done instantly by pressing one or two keys.






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