Computer Shortcut Keys: Windows, Word, and Excel Shortcuts

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Shortcut keys make exploring and performing commands in computer software easier and more efficient. Computer Shortcut keys are performed using the Alt key on Computers/ Command keys on Apple computers/Ctrl/ Shift key combination with another key, as required.

For example, “Ctrl+S” advises the user to press and hold the Ctrl key while simultaneously pressing the S key.

As you become more familiar with shortcut keys, you’ll see that many applications share similarities. As shortcut keys are an integral aspect of computer knowledge, this article includes a list of basic shortcuts, as well as shortcuts for Windows, Word, Excel, and OUTLOOK.

Basic Computer Shortcuts Keys to Begin With

ShortcutsWhat this Shortcut does
Alt + FOpens current program’s file menu options
Alt + EEdits the current program’s options
F1Universal help (for any application)
Ctrl + AAll text is selected
Ctrl + XCuts the selected item
Ctrl + DelCut selected item
Ctrl + CCopy the item you’ve chosen
Ctrl + InsAlso, copies the item you’ve chosen
Ctrl + VPaste the selected item
Shift + InsAlso, pastes the selected item
HomeReturns the user to the beginning of the current line
Ctrl + HomeReturn to the start of the document
EndTakes the user to the end of the current line
Ctrl + EndGo to the very last page of a document
Shift + HomeHighlights from the current position to the beginning of the line
Shift + EndHighlight from the current position to end of the line
Ctrl + (Left arrow)Shift one term to the right (One at a time)
Ctrl + (Right arrow)Shift one term to the left (One at a time)

Computer Shortcut Keys For Microsoft Windows

ShortcutsWhat this Shortcut does
Alt + TabSwitch forward between open applications
Alt + Shift + TabSwitch backward between open applications
Alt + Print ScreenTake a Full screenshot of the program
Ctrl + Alt + DelReboot or Launch Windows task manager
Ctrl + EscOpen the start menu
Alt + EscSwitch applications on the taskbar
F2Rename selected file or folder
F3Open Find box
F4When browsing, expand the drive selection
F5Reload/ Refresh the document or page
Alt + F4Close the current program
Ctrl + F4Close a window in the program
Ctrl + Plus KeySet the widths of all columns in Windows Explorer automatically
Alt + EnterBring up the properties window for the currently selected program
Shift + F10Perform right-click on selected file or folder
Shift + DelPermanently delete files/folders.

Computer Shortcut Keys For MS Word

ShortcutsWhat this Shortcut does
Ctrl + BBold the highlighted text
Ctrl + CCopy the selected text
Ctrl + XCut selected text
Ctrl + NOpen new or blank document
Ctrl + OOpens a window to open a new document
Ctrl + PAccess the print dialogue box
Ctrl + FBrings up find dialogue box
Ctrl + IItalicize the selected text
Ctrl + KInsert link/ URL
Ctrl + UUnderline the selected text
Ctrl + VPaste a text/ image
Ctrl + GOpens Find and replace options
Ctrl + HOpens Find and replace options
Ctrl + JChange the paragraph alignment to Justify
Ctrl + LAlign text to the left
Ctrl + QRemove the paragraph’s formatting
Ctrl + EAlign text to the center or Justify
Ctrl + RAlign text to the right
Ctrl + MAdd paragraph Indent
Ctrl + TCreates a hanging indent
Ctrl + DOpens the font preferences dialogue box
Ctrl + Shift + FOption to change the font
Ctrl + Shift + >Increase font size by +1
Ctrl + ]Increase font size by +1
Ctrl + [Decrease font size by -1
Ctrl + Shift + *View or hide characters that are not printable
Ctrl + (Left arrow)Shift a single word to the left
Ctrl + (Right arrow)Shift a single word to the right
Ctrl + (Up arrow)Return to the start of the line or paragraph
Ctrl + (Down arrow)Go to the end of the paragraph or line
Ctrl + DelRemove the word after the cursor.
Ctrl + BackspaceRemove the word before the cursor.
Ctrl + EndMove the cursor to the document’s end.
Ctrl + HomeMove the cursor at the start of the document.
Ctrl + SpaceRemoves the formatting of each character
Ctrl + 1Insert a single-spaced line
Ctrl + 2Insert double-spaced line
Ctrl + 5Insert 1.5-line spacing
Ctrl + Alt + 1Change text to heading 1
Ctrl + Alt + 2Change text to heading 2
Ctrl + Alt + 3Change text to heading 3
Shift + F3Change select text case formatting
Shift + InsertPaste the copied text/ paragraph/ image
F4Repeat your last performed action
F7Grammar and Spelling check
Shift + F7Opens the thesaurus
F12Save as File
Ctrl + SSave a File
Shift + F12Save a File
Alt + Shift + DInsert the current date
Alt + Shift + TInsert the current time
Ctrl + WClose the current document
Ctrl+=Make the selected text a subscript.
Ctrl+Shift+=Make the selected text a superscript.

Computer Shortcut Keys For MS Excel

ShortcutsWhat this Shortcut does
F2Edits the current cell
F5Go to a specific cell number
F7Spell check
F11Create a chart for selected cell
Ctrl + Shift +;Enter the current time
Ctrl +;Enter the current date
Alt + Shift + F1Add a new worksheet
Shift + F3Open Insert function window
Shift + F5Open Find and Replace window
Ctrl + BBolds selected cell
Ctrl + IItalicize selected cell
Ctrl + DFill in the exact data from the above cell
Ctrl + KAdd a link
Ctrl + FOpen find and replace window
Ctrl + GOpen go-to window
Ctrl + HOpen find and replace window
Ctrl + UUnderline selected cell value
Ctrl + YUnderline selected text in a cell
Ctrl + 5Strikethrough selected cell value
Ctrl + OOpens a window to open a new sheet
Ctrl + NCreates a new document
Ctrl + POpens the print window
Ctrl + ZUndo the last action
Ctrl + F9Minimize current window
Ctrl + F10Maximize current window
Ctrl + F6Switch between different workbooks/windows (open)
Ctrl + Page up & Page DownSwitch between different sheets in the same excel file
Ctrl + TabSwitch between different Excel files
Alt + =Formula to sum all of the above cells
Ctrl +Replace the value in the preceding cell with the value in the current cell
Ctrl + Shift + !Apply Comma format to the numbers
Ctrl + Shift + $Apply Currency Format to the numbers
Ctrl + Shift + #Apply Date format
Ctrl + Shift + %Apply Percentage format
Ctrl + Shift + ^Apply Scientific format
Ctrl + Shift + @Apply Time format
Ctrl + (Right arrow)Move to the end of row
Ctrl + SpaceSelects the entire column
Shift + SpaceSelects the entire row
Ctrl + WClose a document

Computer Shortcut Keys For MS Powerpoint

ShortcutsWhat this Shortcut does
EscExit the slide show
Ctrl+KAdd a hyperlink.
Ctrl+MAfter the selected slide, include a new, blank slide.
Ctrl+NCreates a new/ blank PowerPoint file
CTRL + DInsert a duplicate of the selected slides
Ctrl+Shift+>Increases the text size by +1
Ctrl+Shift+<Decreases the text size by -1
CTRL + GGroup two or more objects together
F5Start presentation from the first slide

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Computer Shortcut Keys FAQs

How many shortcut keys are in the computer?

There are 199 useful shortcut keys in the computer.

How many function keys are available on a keyboard?

Traditional PC keyboards include 12 function keys, represented by the letters F1 to F12. Some PC keyboards may also include 24 function keys labeled F1 to F24.

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