Keyboard shortcut tips

31 keyboard shortcuts that’ll save you time

If you’ve worked with common office programs like Excel or Word, you’re probably familiar with keyboard shortcuts. These handy little tricks can shave seconds off each task you perform, which really adds up over the course of a day.

We’ve outlined our favorite keyboard shortcuts below.

Windows key shortcuts

The Windows key comes standard on most keyboards designed to work with Windows operating systems. Many people refer to it as the “Start” key because it brings up the ‘Start’ menu. However, this handy key has many other uses, too, including:

Windows + D: Displays or hides your desktop, depending on whether you have windows open or not

Windows + E: Opens your File Explorer

Windows + I: Opens Settings

Windows + M: Minimizes all your windows at once

Windows + P: Changes your display configuration

Windows + R: Opens the ‘Run’ window

Windows + T: Scrolls through your applications on the taskbar

Windows + , (comma): Gives you a glance of your desktop

Windows + Up: Maximizes a window

Windows key + Shift + Right or Left Arrow: Moves a window to another monitor if you have more than one monitor set up

Internet browser shortcuts

There are also plenty of shortcuts to use with two of the most popular internet browsers, Chrome and Firefox, including:

Ctrl + N: Opens a new window

Ctrl + T: Opens a new tab

Ctrl + Shift + T: Opens the last tab you closed (very helpful when you close a tab by mistake)

Ctrl + H: Opens your history in a separate tab

Ctrl + J: Opens your downloads in a separate tab

Ctrl + [+] or [-]: Zooms in or out on the page, respectively

Ctrl + 0: Resets your zoom to normal display

If you would like the full list of shortcuts, you can find them here: Chrome and Firefox.

Other Windows shortcuts

Here are a few other shortcuts using different keys:

Ctrl+Shift+N: Creates a new folder

F2: Rename a folder or file

Shift + Delete: Deletes a file permanently, skipping the Recycle Bin

Alt + Up Arrow: Goes up one level in the File directory

Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Directly opens Task Manager

Ctrl + Shift + Enter: Runs a program in Administrator mode

Ctrl + Shift + Windows + B: Resets your video driver

Ctrl + C: Copies items to the clipboard

Ctrl + D: Delete an item, moving it to the Recycle Bin

Ctrl + F: Search for text on the screen

Ctrl + X: Cuts items

Ctrl + V: Pastes copied or cut items

Ctrl + Y: Redo an action

Ctrl + Z: Undo an action

You can find the full list of Windows shortcuts here.

Final thoughts

Of course, these are just some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts. There are tons more out there.

Nearly every computer application has its own set of keyboard shortcuts, so it’s worth looking over the full list to find ones you can use. These shortcuts may feel a bit clunky at first, but you’ll quickly memorize the ones you use most, which can save you time and energy.

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