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SHORTCUT KEYS ABCs

Shortcut keys help provide an easier and usually quicker method of navigating and using computer software programs. Shortcut keys are commonly accessed by using the Alt, Ctrl, and/or Shift in conjunction with a single letter. The de facto standard for listing a shortcut is listing the modifier key, a plus symbol, and the single character. Or in other words "ALT+S" is telling you to press the Alt key and while continuing to hold the Alt key pressing the S key to perform the shortcut. 

In addition to the shortcuts listed on this page users can find the shortcut keys to their most popular program by looking for underlined letters in their menus. For example in the below picture you can notice that the "F" in File has been underlined. Users can know by looking at this that they can press the Alt key and F to access the File menu. Finally, also seen in the below picture you may notice that some of the common features such as Open and Save have shortcut keys assigned to them. In the below example pressing Ctrl+O would perform the open for the program.

As you begin to work with shortcut keys you will notice that several applications share the same shortcut keys. We have listed many of these keys in our basic shortcut keys section.

 

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BASIC SHORTCUT KEYS

The below basic shortcut keys are a listing of shortcut keys that will work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. It is highly recommended that all users keep a good reference of the below short cut keys and/or try to memorize the below keys. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + F File menu options in current program.
Alt + E Edit options in current program
F1 Universal Help in 90% of Windows programs.
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
Shift + Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + Backspace Delete word to the left of cursor.
Ctrl + Del Delete word to the right of cursor.

WINDOWS SHORTCUT KEYS

Shortcut Keys Operating System Description
Alt + Tab 3.X / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Switch between open applications.
Alt + Shift + Tab 3.X / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Switch backwards between open applications.
Alt + Print Screen 3.X / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Create a screen shot only for the program you are currently in.
Ctrl + Esc 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Bring Up start button.
Alt + Esc 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Switch Between open applications on taskbar.
F2 3.X / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Renames selected Icon
F3 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Starts find from desktop
F4 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Opens the drive selection when browsing.
F5 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Refresh Contents
Alt + F4 3.X / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Closes Current open program.
Ctrl + F4 3.X / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Closes Window in Program
Ctrl + (the '+' key on the keypad) 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Automatically adjust the width's of all the columns in Windows explorer
Alt + Enter 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Opens properties window of Selected icon or program.
Shift + F10 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Simulates right click on selected item.
Shift + Del 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Delete programs/files without throwing into the recycle bin.
Holding Shift 3.X / 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP Boot safe mode or by pass system files.
Holding Shift 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / XP When putting in an audio CD will prevent CD Player from playing.

MICROSOFT WINDOWS KEY SHORTCUTS

Below is a listing of Windows keys that can be used on computers running a Microsoft Windows operating system and using a keyboard with a Windows key. In the below list of shortcuts the windows key is represented by "WINKEY".

Shortcut Keys  Description
WINKEY + D  Minimizes all windows and returns the user to the desktop.
WINKEY + M Minimizes all windows.
WINKEY + SHIFT + M Undo the minimize.
WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer.
WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs through the taskbar.
WINKEY + F Display the Windows Search / Find feature.
WINKEY + CTRL + F  Display the search for computers window.
WINKEY + F1 Display the Microsoft Windows help.
WINKEY + R Open the run window.
WINKEY + Pause / Break key  Open the system properties window.
WINKEY + U Open Utility Manager.
WINKEY + L Lock the computer (Windows XP and above only).

EXCEL SHORTCUT KEYS

Shortcut Keys Description
F7 Spell check selected text and or document.
F11 Create chart.
Ctrl + Shift + ; Enter the current time
Ctrl + ; Enter the current date
Alt + Shift + F1 Insert New Worksheet
Shift + F3 Open the Excel formula window.
Shift + F5 Bring up search box.
Ctrl + A Select all contents of the worksheet.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + 5 Strikethrough highlighted selection.
Ctrl + P Bring up the print dialog box to begin printing.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
Ctrl + F9 Minimize current window.
Ctrl + F10 Maximize currently selected window.
Ctrl + F6 Switch between open workbooks / windows.
Ctrl + Tab Move to next worksheet.
Ctrl + Shift + ! Format number in comma format.
Ctrl + Shift + $ Format number in currency format.
Ctrl + Shift + # Format number in date format.
Ctrl + Shift + % Format number in percentage format.
Ctrl + Shift + ^ Format number in scientific format.
Ctrl + Shift + @ Format number in time format.
Ctrl + Arrow key   Move to next section of text. 
Ctrl + Space Select entire column.
Shift + Space Select entire row.

WORD SHORTCUT KEYS

Shortcut Keys Description
Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + C Copy selected text.
Ctrl + X Cut selected text.
Ctrl + P Paste.
Ctrl + F Open find box.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + Y Repeat the last action performed.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
Ctrl + L

Aligns the line or selected text to the left of the screen.

Ctrl + E Aligns the line or selected text to the center of the screen.
Ctrl + R Aligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen.
Ctrl + M Indent the paragraph.
Ctrl + Shift + F Change the font.
Ctrl + Shift + > Increase selected font +1.
Ctrl + ] Increase selected font +1.
Ctrl + Shift + < Decrease selected font -1.
Ctrl + [ Decrease selected font -1.
Ctrl + Shift + * View or hide non printing characters.
Ctrl + <left arrow> Moves one word to the left.
Ctrl + <right arrow> Moves one word to the right.
Ctrl + <up arrow> Moves to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
Ctrl + <down arrow> Moves to the end of the paragraph.
Ctrl + Del Deletes word to right of cursor.
Ctrl + Backspace Deletes word to left of cursor.
Ctrl + End Moves the cursor to the end of the document.
Ctrl + Home Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document.
Ctrl + Spacebar Enable / Disable auto correction.
Ctrl + 1 Single-space lines.
Ctrl + 2 Double-space lines.
Ctrl + 5 1.5-line spacing.
Ctrl + Alt + 1 Changes text to heading 1.
Ctrl + Alt + 2 Changes text to heading 2.
Ctrl + Alt + 3 Changes text to heading 3.
F1 Open Help.
Shift + F3 Change the case of the selected text.
F4 Repeat the last action performed (2000+)
F5 Open goto window. 
F7 Spell check selected text and or document.
Shift + F7 Activate the thesaurus.
F12 Save as.
Shfit + F12 Save

 

 Mouse Shortcuts Description
Double click Selects word.
Triple click Selects paragraph.
Ctrl + Mouse wheel Zooms in and out of document.

INTERNET EXPLORER SHORTCUT KEYS

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + Left Arrow Back a page.
Alt + Right Arrow Forward a page.
F5 Refresh current page / frame.
F11 Display the current website in full screen mode. Pressing F11 again will exit this mode.
Esc Stop page or download from loading.
Ctrl + Enter Quickly complete an address. For example type computerhope in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to get http://www.computerhope.com.
Ctrl + N Open New browser window.
Ctrl + P Print current page / frame.

FRONTPAGE SHORTCUT KEYS

Shortcut Keys Description
Ctrl + C Copy selected text.
Ctrl + X Cut selected text.
Ctrl + P Paste selected text.
Ctrl + K Create a hyperlink.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + L Left align the text.
Ctrl + R Right align the text.
Ctrl + E Center the text.
Ctrl + / Display HTML tags.
Ctrl + S Save document.
Ctrl + Tab Switch between open web pages.
Ctrl + Ins Enter Line break.
Ctrl + Enter Move cursor above or below a table.
Ctrl + Shift + B Preview in web browser window.
Ctrl + Shift + < Decrease font size.
Ctrl + Shift + > Increase font size.

    

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