If you are constantly working on Windows operating system, it becomes a tedious job to constantly switch from keyboard to handle mouse/ track/touch for every small operation. Let’s have a look at some Windows keyboard shortcut cheat sheet.
Working on windows involves a great deal of using mouse or track pad. This is due to the interactive user interface. With evolution of touch screen technology, there is added advantage of input using touch screen. So overall operating Windows involves a combined use of keyboard and mouse/track pad/touch for a better user experience. But you lose a good deal of time in this frequent switching process. We will try to explore the keyboard cheat sheet to make our work convenient. Working with cheat sheet will allow us to save a significant amount of time.
Shortcut Using Windows Key
So we start with some Win key shortcut. The Windows key appears in the right and left lower corner of your keyboard. We can access a number of options using this key;
Win - Open Start menu ( you can also use Ctrl + Esc )
Win + F1 - To open Windows help support
Win + Tab - To toggle through open programs (It will start a cycle of programs you can go to any of the open Windows).
Win + D - Go to Desktop
Win + L - Lock the Windows
Win + R - Run Window
Win + Home - Clear all Windows except the Active Window
Win + Space - Make the Windows transparent to look at the Desktop
Win + Up - Maximize or minimize active Window
Win + Down - Minimize or Restore the Window
General shortcuts using the control key (Ctrl) there are a number of general commands that we can access with the use of control key and Alt key ;
Ctrl + I - Italicize the Text
Ctrl + U - underline the text
Ctrl + B - Maker the text Bold
Ctrl + S - Save the current document
Ctrl + C - Copy selected Text to clipboard
Ctrl + X - Cut selected object and paste to clipboard
Ctrl + V - Paste the copied content
Ctrl + Z - Undo the last command
Ctrl + Y - Redo the last action
Ctrl + A - Select all
Ctrl + +/- - Zoom in/out
Ctrl + Alt + Tab- Use arrows to switch between all open Windows
Ctrl + D - Delete the current item and move to recycle bin
Ctrl + Esc - Open the Start screen
Alt + F4 - Close the current window
Alt + Enter - Display properties for the selected items
Alt + Space - Open shortcut menu
Alt + PgUp - Move up one tab
Alt + PgDn - Move down one tab
Alt + C - Display table of content
Alt + N - Connection setting
Esc - Leave the current Window
There are function keys in every keyboard. Windows utilizes these keys in a very interesting way. There are several combinations of function keys with Ctrl and Alt keys. But the interesting point is there individual functions.
F1 - To display help
F2 - Rename the selected item
F3 - Search for a file and folder
F4 - Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5 - Refresh
F6 - Cycle through screen
F10 - Activate the menu bar
By using these of keys and their combination, you can save a significant amount of time and effort. It will also help in enhancing your working capability as you don’t have to toggle through keyboard and mouse/track.
There are several instances where we are drawn into our work and using multiple inputs result in losing of files sometime. Like files lost during cutting and pasting to memory card, flash drives external hard drive etc. Using the keyboard for most of the instance may give u the comfort to stick to one input method most of the time.
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