17 Simple Keystrokes Every PC User Needs

New computer users often feel as if they spend more time learning new software than using it. And that’s true when they must start from scratch to learn every new keystroke for every new software application they acquire. Advanced users realize that’s not always necessary. There are a number of cross- platform shortcuts, those that can be used throughout the majority of Windows programs, that will speed up your computing tasks and enhance your ability to learn new software. Memorizing these few keystrokes will help you transfer your skills from program to program and will make all your computing easier and more enjoyable. These simple skills will transform you into an advanced computer user quicker than you can print this article.

1. New

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-N

ACTION: Opens a new document (as in Microsoft Word) or a new window (as in Microsoft Explorer)

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2. Open

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-O

ACTION: Opens an existing document

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3. Close Document

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-W

ACTION: Closes an open document or window; does NOT close the program

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4. Close Program

KEYSTROKE: Alt-F4

ACTION: Closes the active program (the one on which the cursor rests); if no programs are open, shutdowns Windows

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5. Save

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-S

ACTION: Saves the active document

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6. Select All

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-A

ACTION: Selects all text in the active document or window

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7. Print

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-P

ACTION: Prints the active document or contents of the active window

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8. Undo

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-Z

ACTION: Undoes the last action performed (as in typing, deleting, etc.)

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9. Redo

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-Y

ACTION: Redoes the last action performed (as in typing, deleting, pasting, etc.)

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10. Search

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-F

ACTION: Searches for a word or phrase in the active document or window

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11. Copy

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-C

ACTION: Copies the highlighted text, graphic, etc.

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12. Paste

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-V

ACTION: Pastes the text, graphic, etc. that was last copied (i.e., that is "on the clipboard")

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13. Help

KEYSTROKE: F1

ACTION: Displays help (if available) on the active program, task, or window

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14. Move Between Paragraphs

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-Up Arrow or Ctrl-Down Arrow

ACTION: Quickly moves the cursor from one paragraph to another

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15. Move within a Table

KEYSTROKE: Tab or Shift-Tab

ACTION: Moves forward or backward, respectively, within table cells

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16. Move to Top or Bottom of a Document/Window

KEYSTROKE: Ctrl-Page Up or Ctrl-Page Down

ACTION: Moves cursor to the top or bottom of the active document or window

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17. Refresh

KEYSTROKE: F5

ACTION: Refreshes the screen, document or window so that the most current data is visible

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There are other shortcuts available in most Windows programs. To learn them, go to Help (F1) and look for "shortcuts." You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll become a power user by learning and applying these keystroke tips.

Darlene Bishop, Knoxville, TN, USA
http://wahmteam.com

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