11 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know (Windows)

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

Most interactions with computers - laptops or desktop machines, tablets with

keyboards attached also - require use of the keyboard and mouse together. In the case of a tablet with a separate keyboard attached, the screen will often require use between phases of typing.

Using a mouse or touchscreen is good in that it is visual and easy to see what's happening on the screen. However it's also slow since it requires jumping back and forward from the keyboard, and often - particularly with touchscreens - can be frustrating when trying to get the cursor *exactly* where you need it to be on the screen.

Below is a list of the most useful keyboard shortcuts I use for Windows simply because

they're quick, easy, reliable and efficient. Most involve use of the Ctrl key, which is to the left or right of the space bar.

Note: many of the shortcuts use letters from the first part of the word they provide a

shortcut for e.g. Ctrl+ B = bold text. Also those that apply functions such as copy, paste etc. will work for files, images and other items a well as for text in a document.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Cut/Copy/Paste - these work for text, individual files or folders and more.

  • Ctrl + C = Copy (Select item first, then press Ctrl + C to copy it)

  • Ctrl + V = Paste

  • Ctrl + X = Cut

Selecting more than one item - whether it be text, file, folder etc.

  • Ctrl + A = Select All items on the current window e.g. all text in a document, all files in a folder.

  • Shift (upwards arrows on left and right of keyboard) + Any Arrow Key = Multi Select:

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select a block of text in a document.

Formatting Text (for the record, I used these while writing this blog post :D)

  • Ctrl + B = Bold text

  • Ctrl + U = Underline text

  • Ctrl + I = Italicise text

Other helpful shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + Z = Undo last action

  • Ctrl + P = Print (brings up print screen - you still have to press the print button)

  • Esc key = if you get stuck in a box you don't to be in, or have selected something you want to deselect, don't forget the Esc key is a quick way to well....escape the current situation you are in on the screen.

There are '00s of these shortcuts available but these are the ones I use the most. Follow my blog to hear about future posts on Function keys, Mac OS shortcuts and other incredibly fascinating stuff :)

PS. It's not a mistake I chose a list of 11 items - any Spinal Tap fans out there? :)

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