If you’re looking for ways to be more
efficient at work, keyboard shortcuts should be at the top of your list. Here,
we’ll cover a variety of commonly used keyboard shortcuts.Copy (CTRL-C)
This shortcut is perfect when you want to
copy data between two applications because CTRL-C will place the text you
highlight into the Windows Clipboard without deleting it from the existing
CTRL-X is the shortcut you’ll want to use
when you want to delete the existing text or numbers from one section
and place it into another section.
A companion to both the Copy and Cut
shortcuts, CTRL-V is the keyboard shortcut you’ll press once you’ve opened the
program or document into which you wish to place the copied or cut content.
CTRL-P is the nearly universal keyboard
shortcut for the Print command within an application.
By pressing CTRL-S, you can save without
moving your mouse up to the Save button or looking for the Save command within
the menu structure.
Select All (CTRL-A)
Need to highlight and copy all of
the text? Press CTRL-A and all of the text in the document will be highlighted
CTRL-O is a big time-saver when the Open option
is hidden within the menu of an application. Minimize All Windows
Need to open a file or click a shortcut
that’s located on your Desktop? Hold down Windows logo key and the M key to
minimize every application you have open. This shortcut is also handy when you
have multiple applications open and want to switch to another one, because you
won’t need to minimize them individually.
Search for files & folders (Windows-F)
This keyboard shortcut brings up the same
search tool that you see if you enter a term into the Search field of Windows
Explorer. The system will examine your hard drive, including the text contents
and file properties, for an occurrence of your search term.
Lock computer (Windows-L)
Use this keyboard shortcut when you step
away from your computer and want to ensure that no one uses your machine while
you’re gone. It will bring up a screen where you can press CTRL-ALTDELETE and
then log in with the username and password you enter when Windows starts up.
Permanently delete a file (SHIFT-DELETE)
When you delete a file, it’s usually
transferred to the Windows Recycle Bin. But with sensitive files, you may
prefer that they are immediately and permanently removed from the hard drive.
To do so, select the file and press SHIFT-DELETE to remove the file without sending
it to the Recycle Bin.
Windows 8-Specific Keyboard Shortcuts
windows narrator (Windows-ENTER)
Brings up the Windows Narrator dialog, from
which you can choose options to have content read aloud to you.
Opens the Windows 8 Charms menu
Brings up options for sharing a file,
image, or video with someone else
the app bar (Windows-Z)
Opens the Windows 8 App Ba