Common Windows shortcuts

Here we’ve gathered some of the more useful shortcuts available in Windows.

General Shortcuts

Win + d – show or hide the desktop

Ctrl + Shift + Esc – Show the Task Manager

Alt + Tab – Switch between different programs

Alt + F4 – Close the current window

Win + left / right - Dock the current window to the left/right

File Explorer

Ctrl + x – Cut

Ctrl + c – Copy

Ctrl + v – Paste

Ctrl + a – Select all

Ctrl + Left Click – Select multiple files

Shift + Arrow keys – Select files above, below, etc.

Common application shortcuts

These shortcuts work across a wide variety of programs, including the Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)


Ctrl + n – New file

Ctrl + o – Open a file

Ctrl + p – Print

Ctrl + s – Save

Ctrl + w – Close

Text alignment

Ctrl + l – Left-align

Ctrl + e – Centre-align

Ctrl + r – Right-align

Ctrl + j – Justify


Ctrl + b – Bold

Ctrl + u – Underline

Ctrl + I – Italic

Ctrl + > – Increase font size

Ctrl + < – Decrease font size

Ctrl + d – Opens the font selection dialog


While selecting text in a document, or files in file explorer, you can use the Ctrl and Shift keys to make changes to the selection. This can be much quicker than using the mouse.

Shift + left to select another character to the left, and Shift + right to select another character to the right. Adding Ctrl will select a whole word (so pressing Ctrl + Shift + left will select the next word to the left, and pressing Ctrl + Shift + right will select the next word to the right).

Pressing Shift + Home during selection will select up to the start of the line, and pressing Shift + End will select up to the end of the line. Adding Ctrl will select the very start or very end of the document, so Ctrl + Shift + Home will select everything up to the beginning of the document, and pressing Ctrl + Shift + End will select everything up to the end.

Pressing Esc will clear the entire selection.

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