OK, we all know what CTRL+C and CTRL+V do. Throw in X and Z into the mix, and one may get comfortable using the keyboard. But did you know there are so many more shortcuts that can help you with your workload? It’s like money savings – throw some coins in the jar, and by the end of the year, you may have enough money for a nice night out. Same with time savings that these shortcuts let you enjoy: learn them and use them throughout the day habitually, and you can shave some time off your daily tasks. Getting more productive? That will make both you and your boss happy.

Here are some shortcuts that are not as commonly known as those we all use to copy, cut, paste or undo…

 Number Action Shortcut
1 Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE
2 Copy selected item. CTRL and drag
3 Create a shortcut to selected item. CTRL+SHIFT and drag
4 Rename selected item. F2
5 Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
6 Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
7 Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
8 Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
9 Highlight a block of text.
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
10 Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
11 Select all. CTRL+A
12 Search for a file or folder. F3
13 View properties for the selected item. ALT+ENTER
14 Close the active item, or quit the active program. ALT+F4
15 Displays the properties of the selected object. ALT+Enter
16 Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
17 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. CTRL+F4
18 Switch between open items. ALT+TAB
19 Cycle through items in the order they were opened. ALT+ESC
20 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
21 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer. F4
22 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item SHIFT+F10
23 Display the System menu for the active window ALT+SPACEBAR
24 Display the Start menu CTRL+ESC
25 Display the corresponding menu
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
26 Carry out the corresponding command
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
27 Activate the menu bar in the active program F10
28 Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu RIGHT ARROW
29 Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu LEFT ARROW
30 Refresh the active window F5
31 View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer BACKSPACE
32 Cancel the current task ESC
33 Prevent the CD from automatically playing
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive
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