24 Useful Computer Keyboard Shortcuts
There is a topic that has been requested a couple of times since this tech-orientated series started earlier in the year: keyboard shortcuts.
Shortcuts allow you to press a combination of keys in order to invoke a command that you would ordinarily access by using your mouse on the screen. It may seem like quite a simple thing, but simplifying tasks by keeping your hands on the keyboard can save you quite a bit of time in the long-run.
Generally, keyboard shortcuts are accessed by using the Shift or Ctrl keys, plus a letter. If you use a Mac, use the Cmd key in place of Ctrl.
Let’s start with formatting. These shortcuts are particularly useful when creating documents or emails:
Ctrl + B Toggle bold text
Ctrl + I Toggle italic text
Ctrl + U Toggle underline text
Ctrl + L Left-align text
Ctrl + E Centre-align text
Ctrl + R Right-align text
Now the more general, system-wide shortcuts, which are useful across multiple applications:
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + N New document/window
Ctrl + O Open document/window
Ctrl + S Save (or Save as…)
Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + C Copy to clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut to clipboard
Ctrl + V Paste from clipboard
Ctrl + Z Undo last action
Ctrl + Y Redo last action
Finally, browsing the internet. These useful shortcuts will work in most of the popular browsers:
Ctrl + N Opens a new window
Ctrl + T Opens a new tab
Space Moves down the page
Shift + Space Moves up the page
Ctrl + R Refresh the page
Esc Stop a page loading
Ctrl + / Ctrl - Zoom in / out 10%
Ctrl + D Add to bookmarks
Shortcuts like these can become muscle-memory, saving you considerable time. There are, of course, many more than those listed above.
If you want to dive deeper, do a quick search online for ‘keyboard shortcuts’.
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By EssentialsMAG tech contributor DAVID HUGHES
Freelance web developer, Tel: 07595 303418, www.davidhughes.co