Work Smart With PC Keyboard Shortcuts For Rookie Copyblogger

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Learn how to increase your work speed and save more time using a PC or Desktop computer? Here is some very vital keyboard shortcut that works across all Windows OS (Windows XP, Vista, windows7, 8 and 8.1respectively).

Quit giving excuses for your delays, learn the smart ways of working with a PC. Now!! Before we begin this class lets set the foundation right;

What do we mean when we say keyboard shortcuts?

Keyboard shortcuts are an amalgamation of two or more keys that when pressed together perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts make it easier to interact with your computer, saving your time and effort when you work with Windows and other programs.


Also, most computer programs provide accelerator keys that make it easier to work with menus and other commands available in the program for users. Keyboard shortcuts are very essential tools for Blogger, Copywriter, office clerk, and accountant.

How do I use keyboard shortcuts?

Like you already know a keyboard shortcut is a combination of two to more computer keys or single key to aid us to work faster with our computer. Take for example Ctrl+Z is a shortcut key to undo a task when implementing it the plus sign (+) is not added because we only use it to indicate that those keys should be pressed in combination.

Now that know the meaning of the term keyboard shortcut and how to use a keyboard shortcut, see some general keyboard shortcut:-


Esc————————cancels the current task

Ctrl + Shift+ t————-open a closed tab on any browser

End———Move the cursor to the end of a line or move to the bottom of a webpage

Home———————Move the cursor to the beginning of a line or move to the top of a webpage

Left Arrow, Right Arrow,             

Up Arrow, or Down Arrow————-Move the cursor or selection one space or line in the direction of the arrow, or scroll a webpage in the direction of the arrow

Cap lock—————to use uppercase latter

Windows logo key————–Open the Start menu

Tab——————————-Double spacing

Backspace————————-Erase typed words

Page-Up———————–Move the cursor or page up one screen

Page Down——————Move the cursor or page down one screen

Delete———————Delete the character after the cursor or the selected text; in Windows, delete the       selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Insert——————–Turn Insert mode off or on. When Insert Mode is on, text that you type is inserted at the cursor. When Insert mode is off, text that you type replaces existing characters.

Ctrl+Home—————Move to the top of a document

Ctrl+End——————-Move to the bottom of a document

Windows logo key+D——————Return to desktop

Alt+Tab————————Switch between open programs or windows

Ctrl+Shift+t——————-to open a close tab on while browsing

Alt+F4——————-Close the active item or exit the active program

Ctrl+S——————Save the current file or document (works in most programs

Ctrl+C————————-Copy the selected item

 Ctrl+X————————Cut the selected item

Ctrl+V———————Paste the selected item

 Ctrl+Z———————undo an action

Ctrl+A———————Select all items in a document or window

Ctrl+Y—————————-redo an action

Windows key +F—————Display Windows Help and Support

Shift+Delete—————delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

F2——————————-Rename the selected item

Ctrl+Right Arrow——————Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl+Left Arrow—————-Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl+Down Arrow————-Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl+Up Arrow————Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key————select a block of text 

Shift with any arrow key—————Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop or select text within a document

Ctrl with arrow key+Spacebar—————-Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl+A————–Select all items in a document or window

F3——————–Search for a file or folder

Alt+Enter—————Display properties for the selected item

Alt+F4——————-Close the active item or exit the active program

Alt+Spacebar—————-Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Ctrl+F4——————-close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple  documents open simultaneously)

Alt+Tab————————–Switch between open items

Ctrl+Alt+Tab———————Use the arrow keys to switch between open items 

Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel————-Change the size of icons on the desktop

Windows logo key +Tab——Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab——Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs  on the taskbar by using   Aero Flip 3-D

Alt+Esc—————–Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

F6—————-Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop 

F4——————Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer

Shift+F10————-Display the shortcut menu for the selected item 

Ctrl+Esc—————-Open the Start menu

F10———————-Activate the menu bar in the active program

Right Arrow————–Open the next menu to the right, or open a sub-menu

Left Arrow—————Open the next menu to the left, or close a sub-menu

F5————————–Refresh the active window

Alt+Up——————–Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

Ctrl+Shift+Esc——————–Open Task Manager 

Press Shift key—————-when you insert a CD it Prevents the CD from                                           automatically   playing

Ctrl+N——————— open a new window or new page

Ctrl+Shift+N———————–creates a new folder

Windows logo key + + or – ——————-Zoom in or out

Windows logo key + Esc——————–Exit Magnifier

Ctrl+R————————-to rotate an image or move characters to the right 

Fn + F9—————————— lock keyboard mouse

Fn + F8————————project computer screen

Windows logo key +M———————– minimizes all windows.

Windows logo key +Shift+M————-Restore minimized windows to the desktop.

Windows logo key +P———————-choose a presentation display mode.

Windows logo key +G———————-Cycle through gadgets

Windows logo key +U————————–Open Ease of Access Center 

Windows logo key +X—————————–Open Windows Mobility Center.

Ctrl+Delete————————————-To Restart your PC

F1————————————–Display Help for a program or Windows

Fn+F1————————————Put the computer in sleep mode

Fn+F2———————————Put a computer in flight mode

Fn+F5——————————-Reduce screen brightness

Fn+F6——————————-Increase screen brightness

Fn+F7—————————–close computer screen

Fn+F8——————————project computer screen

Fn+F9—————————-lock keyboard mouse


Fn+F11—————————- reduce sound volume

Fn+F12—————————increase sound volume

This is certainly not all, there are over a million keyboard shortcuts keys that are available for computer users. And like I earlier stated every computer program has its own accelerator keys that make it easier to work with menus and other commands available in the program for users.

These PC keyboard shortcuts are only but general shortcut keys that can be used across many computer programs feel free to add as many shortcut keys known to you or share this among your student or friends on every social platform.


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