There are a variety of menu systems within each computer program, which contain an even greater number of options and selections. You will most likely find that in using programs, you will select the same options multiple times. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to do this immediately without navigating confusing menus, providing you know what option you wish to use. Keyboard shortcuts consist of holding down one button on the keyboard (such as "Alt" or "Ctrl"), and pressing one (or sometimes two) more button at the same time, and releasing them. Learning the shortcuts can save you time and clicks, since you can do things from the keyboard while typing without needing to move your fingers to the mouse!
The results listed alongside the keyboard shortcuts in this tutorial assume that you understand what that result is. The keys used in shortcuts include Alt, Ctrl, F(1, 2, 3). The "Alt" is short for "Alternate" key. It acts as a second "Control" key (see "Ctrl"). You always use the "Alt" in conjunction with another key. "Ctrl" is short for "Control", as in "control key combination." You also press this key while holding another to create the desired action. The set of F(1, 2, 3, etc.) keys along the top of the keyboard have different functions, depending on what program you are currently using. If you are not sure, either consult a tutorial concerning the program you are working with, or the help file in the program, itself.
Ctrl + A = select all available text / images / etc.
Ctrl + X = cut selected text / image / etc.
Ctrl + C = copy selected text / image / etc.
Ctrl + V = paste copied or cut text / image / etc.
Ctrl + D = add current page to favorites list
Ctrl + H = find and replace (also F5) in Word
Ctrl + K
= insert a hyperlink in Internet Explorer
Ctrl + S = save current document
Ctrl + O = open a document within the current program
Ctrl + W = close current window
Ctrl + N = create new document within the current program
Ctrl + P = print current document
Ctrl + Z = undo the previous action
Ctrl + Y = redo
Ctrl + F = find certain text in current document
Alt + Delete
= brings up the task manager; close non-responding programs; reboot
F1 = help menu
F2 = rename an item in Windows
F3 = opens Find Files window
F4 = Open Address bar in Internet Explorer, it will also expand address bar downwards to view list of
Recently visited sites.
F5 = refresh key on a Web Page (also Ctrl + Tab)
F7 = spelling and grammar in Word
F11 = Opens window to full screen mode in Internet Explorer
Alt + Tab = switch back and forth between opened programs
Alt + F4 = quit current program or close the open Window you are working on in IE.
Shift + F3 will change the case of the text from all caps, initial caps, to all lowercase.
Shift + F7 will choose the Thesaurus command in Word
Shift + Enter = line break in Word
Esc = stop loading current page in Internet Explore
Tab = moves selection between address bar and links on current page in Internet Explorer
MICROSOFT POWERPOINT KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
F5 = slide show view
F6 = next pane
F7 = check spelling
Ctrl + E = align centered
Ctrl + L = align left
Ctrl + M = new slide
Ctrl + R = align right
Ctrl + G = find again
Ctrl + L = full screen
Ctrl + M = zoom to
Ctrl + N = go to page (insert number in box)
Ctrl + Q = quit program
Ctrl + + = zoom in
Ctrl + - = zoom out
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