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