Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keystrokes that allow you to quickly perform an action. They are useful and often great time-savers. This page includes a guide to a few useful combinations that will help you complete tasks more quickly. 

Windows
Mac OSX
Where can I find these keys on my keyboard?

Windows

The list displays key combinations that are intended to be pressed and held until all are completed. For example, to copy text (Ctrl + "C"), you would highlight the text and press and hold the "Ctrl" (or control) key on your keyboard, then tap the "C" key before releasing both keys. 

  • Open a recently closed tab in your internet broswer: Ctrl + Shift "T"
  • Switch between open windows: Alt + Tab
  • Minimize everything and show desktop: (or between the desktop and Start screen in Windows 8.1): Windows Key + "D" 
  • Minimize window: Windows Key + Down Arrow
  • Maximize window: Windows Key + Up Arrow
  • Bold: Ctrl + "B"
  • Paste selected Item: Ctrl + "V"
  • Copy selected Item: Ctrl + "C"
  • Cut selected Item: Ctrl + "X" 
  • Underline: Ctrl + "U"
  • Italicize: Ctrl + "I" 
  • Undo an action: Ctrl + "Z"
  • Print: Ctrl + "P"
  • Select all: Ctrl + "A"
  • Take screenshot: PrtScr
  • Take screenshot of active screen: Ctrl + Alt + PrtScr
  • Delete permanently: Shift + Delete
  • Open properties for selected item: Alt + Enter
  • Close current window: Alt + F4
  • Open the Start Menu: Ctrl + Esc
  • Flip screen rotation: Ctrl + Alt + any arrow key
  • Open Task Manager: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  • Lock your PC or switch users: Windows Key + "L"
  • Choose a presentation display mode: Windows Key + "P"
  • Zoom in and out: Windows Key and plus or minus sign
  • Search for files and folders: Windows Key + "F"
  • Help: Windows Key + "F1"
  • Quick system access menu: Windows Key + "X"
View more shortcuts on Microsoft's Page
 

Mac OSX

  • Eject disk: Command + "E"
  • Get information:  Command + "I"
  • Add to dock: Command + Shift + Control + "T"
  • Minimize all windows: Command + Option + "M"
  • Minimize front window: Command + "M"
  • Swich applications: Command + Tab
  • Take screenshot: Command + Shift + "3"
  • Quit application: Command + "Q"
  • Force quit application: Command + Shift + Option + Esc
  • New folder: Command + Shift + "N"
  • Log out: Command + Shift + "Q"
  • Paste selected item: Command + "V"
  • Cut selected item: Command + "X"
  • Copy selected item: Command + "C"
  • Close all windows: Command + Option + "W"
  • Select all items: Command + "A" 
  • Take screenshot: Command + Shift + "3" 
  • Find: Command + "F"
  • Print: Command + "P"
  • Save: Command + "S"
  • Move to trash: Command + Delete
  • Undo/redo: Command + "Z"
  • Show desktop: Command + F3
  • Hide or display dashboard: F12
  • Choose a presentation display mode: Command + F1
View more shortcuts on Apple's page
 

Where can I find these keys on my keyboard?

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