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

Ctrl + 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



Most commonly used:
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



Most commonly used:
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


Other Shortcuts:
Ctrl + 0 = fit in window
Ctrl + 1 = actual size
Ctrl + 2 = fit width
Ctrl + 3 = fit visible
Ctrl + 4 = reflow
Ctrl + Shift + A = deselect all
Ctrl + Shift + F = search query
Ctrl + Shift + G = search results
Ctrl + Shift + J = cascade windows
Ctrl + Shift + K = tile windows horizontally
Ctrl + Shift + L = tile windows vertically
Ctrl + Shift + S = save a copy
Ctrl + Shift + P = page setup
Ctrl + Shift + W = search word assistant
Ctrl + Shift + X = search select indexes
Ctrl + Shift + Page Up = first page
Ctrl + Shift + Page Down = last page
Ctrl + Shift + + = rotate clockwise
Ctrl + Shift + - = rotate counterclockwise
Ctrl + Alt + W = close all
Alt + Left Arrow = go to previous view
Alt + Right Arrow = go to next view
Alt + Shift + Left Arrow = go to previous document
Alt + Shift + Right Arrow = go to next document
F4 = thumbnails
F5 = bookmarks
F8 = hide toolbars
F9 = hide menu bar

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