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Ramp up your efficiency with Keyboard Shortcuts

Author: ITS

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks

Looking for an easy way to work more efficiently on your laptop or desktop?

Using keyboard shortcuts can significantly cut down the time it takes you to perform commands you use on a regular basis, such as switching between open programs, undoing a mistake, or selecting all within a document. It may take a little while to get used to using shortcuts at first, but once you have them down you’ll be able to fly through commands that would otherwise take tedious mouse maneuvering to perform.

Go ahead and give these shortcuts try:

KeyboardFor Windows:

  • CTRL + A: Select All
  • CTRL + C: Copy
  • CTRL + X: Cut
  • CTRL + V: Paste
  • CTRL + S: Save the current document
  • CTRL + Z: Undo the last action you performed
  • CTRL + Y: Redo the last action you undid
  • CTRL + B: Bold selected text
  • CTRL + U: Underline selected text
  • CTRL + I: Italicize selected text
  • ALT + Tab or Windows Key + Tab: switch between open programs
  • ALT + F4: Quit program
  • Windows Key: Open the Start menu
  • Windows Key + L: Lock your workstation
  • Windows Key + Home: Clear all but the active window

For Macs:

  • Command + A: Select All
  • Command + C: Copy
  • Command + X: Cut
  • Command + V: Paste
  • Command + S: Save the current document
  • Command + Q: Quit the active application
  • Command + Z: Undo the last action you performed
  • Command + Y: Redo the last action you undid
  • Command + B: Bold selected text
  • Command + U: Underline selected text
  • Command + I: Italicize selected text
  • Command + Tab: switch between open applications
  • Command + Shift + Q: Log out of your computer
  • Command + Space: Open the Spotlight search box