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Shortcut keys ABCs

Shortcut keys help provide an easier and usually quicker method of navigating and executing commands in computer software programs. Shortcut keys are commonly accessed by using the Alt key (on IBM compatible computers), Command key (on Apple computers), Ctrl key, or Shift key in conjunction with another key. The de facto standard for listing a shortcut is listing the modifier key, a plus symbol, and another key. In other words, "Ctrl+S" is telling you to press and hold the Ctrl key, and then press the S key too.

Basic PC shortcut keys

Below is a list of some of the most commonly used basic shortcut keys that work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. It is highly recommended that all users keep a good reference of these shortcut keys or try to memorize them. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.
Tip: Besides the special character shortcuts listed here, some special characters are also located on the number keys (below the F1 - F12 keys). You can enter these special characters by pressing the Shift key and the number key that has the special character listed on it.
Shortcut KeysDescription
Alt+FFile menu options in current program.
Alt+EEdit options in current program
Alt+TabSwitch between open programs
F1Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2Rename a selected file
F5Refresh the current program window
Ctrl+NCreate a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl+OOpen a file in current software program
Ctrl+ASelect all text.
Ctrl+BChange selected text to be Bold
Ctrl+IChange selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl+UChange selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl+FOpen find window for current document or window.
Ctrl+SSave current document file.
Ctrl+XCut selected item.
Shift+DelCut selected item.
Ctrl+CCopy selected item.
Ctrl+InsCopy selected item
Ctrl+YRedo last action
Ctrl+ZUndo last action
Ctrl+KInsert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl+PPrint the current page or document.
HomeGoes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl+HomeGoes to beginning of document.
EndGoes to end of current line.
Ctrl+EndGoes to end of document.
Shift+HomeHighlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift+EndHighlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl+Left arrowMoves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl+Right arrowMoves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl+EscOpens the START menu
Ctrl+Shift+EscOpens Windows Task Manager
Alt+F4Close the currently active program
Alt+EnterOpen the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)

PC shortcut keys for Special Characters

Many special characters can be created using keyboard shortcuts. Below are some of the more common and popular special characters and the keyboard shortcuts to create them.
Shortcut KeysSpecial Character
Alt+0176°  (degree symbol)
Alt+0177±  (plus/minus symbol)
Alt+0128€  (Euro currency)
Alt+0162¢  (Cent symbol)
Alt+0163£  (British Pound currency)
Alt+0165¥  (Japanese Yen currency)


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