In this day and age, we’re working on multiple projects at once, sorting through all of our open tabs and trying to stay on task while working as quick as possible. So, why not use keyboard shortcuts for everything on your PC? Key combinations are not only easier to hit, they’re more accurate. Let’s take a look at a few of the best keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier on you Windows PC!
CTRL + F: To Search Text
Ever want to find something quickly in an online article or your WordDoc? It’s as simple as hitting “CTRL + F” to search keywords and find exactly what you’re looking for.
CTRL + Click or Shift + Click: Select Multiple Items
Whether you’re selecting rows in an Excel spreadsheet, blocks of text in Word or files in File Explorer, you may want to highlight a number of different items. If the times are all adjacent, rows 10 to 30 in worksheet for example, you can simply “Shift + Click” the first one, hold down the shift key and then click the last one
CTRL + A: Select all items
Similar to “CTRL + Click”, if you want to select all of the content in a given window, just hit “CTRL + A” and you can select everything in one stroke.
Shift + Arrow: Highlight Text
To highlight text with your keyboard, simply hold down the Shift key as you move the cursor with the arrow keys. If you also hold down CTRL, you can highlight whole words rather than individual characters with each arrow press.
ALT + Left Arrow: Back in Web Browser
How often do you hit the back button on your browser daily? Let’s make it easier – Just hit “ALT + Left Arrow” instead. Hitting “ALT + Right Arrow” takes you forward.
Alt + F4: Close Any Windows App
Are you closing your windows by scrolling to the upper right corner of the window and hitting the “X” button? Here’s a tip: “ALT + F4” will close all programs in Windows 10.
Windows Key + M: Minimize All Windows
Often times, we have way too many windows open and it’s difficult to sift through all of them. Hitting “Windows Key + M” minimizes all your windows so you can see everything that’s on your desktop.
CTRL + D: Bookmark a Webpage
Bookmarking webpages doesn’t seem like it can get any easier, right? Guess again, by hitting “CTRL + D” in your PC browser pops up a dialog box which lets you bookmark the current page, edit the name of the bookmark, and even select a folder to store it in.
F2: Rename Files
It’s as simple as: highlighting all the files you want to rename (Shift + click lets you highlight many files at once), hit “F2”, type the new name and press Enter. All the files will have the same new name plus a number in parens (ex: starfish (1).jpg).
CTRL + P: Print Out
Looking for the quickest way to print? Just hit “CTRL + P”. From there, you can choose a printer or save it as a PDF.
F5 / CTRL + R: Refresh Web Page
Hitting “F5” or “CTRL + R” will refresh any Windows web browser at your convenience.
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