Advanced Shortcut Keys?

Shortcut keys help provide an easier and usually quicker method of navigating and using computer software programs. Shortcut keys are commonly accessed by using the Alt key (on IBM compatible computers), command key (on Apple computers), Ctrl key, or Shift key in conjunction with another key. The de facto standard for listing a shortcut is listing the modifier key, a plus symbol, and another key. In other words, “ALT+S” is telling you to press the Alt key and while continuing to hold the Alt key, press the S key to perform the shortcut.
In addition to the shortcuts listed on this page, users can find the shortcut keys to their most popular program by looking for underlined letters in their menus. For example, the picture to the right has an underline on the “F” in File, which means you can press the Alt key and F to access the File menu.
Note: Some programs require the user to press and hold Alt to see the underlined characters. Finally, as can also be seen, some of the common features such as Open (Ctrl+O) and Save (Ctrl+S) have shortcut keys assigned to them.
As you begin to memorize shortcut keys, you’ll notice that many applications share the same shortcut keys. We have the most commonly shared shortcut keys in the below basic PC shortcut keys section.
Tip: Users outside the United States or users using a foreign copy of a Microsoft Windows or Microsoft application may not be able to get all the below shortcut keys to perform the function listed.

Basic PC shortcut keys

Below is a list of some of the most commonly used basic shortcut keys that will work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. It is highly recommended that all users keep a good reference of these shortcut keys or try to memorize them. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.

Shortcut KeysDescription
Alt + FFile menu options in current program.
Alt + EEdit options in current program
Alt + TabSwitch between open programs
F1Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2Rename a selected file
F5Refresh the current program window
Ctrl + NCreate a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl + OOpen a file in current software program
Ctrl + ASelect all text.
Ctrl + BChange selected text to be Bold
Ctrl + IChange selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl + UChange selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl + FOpen find window for current document or window.
Ctrl + SSave current document file.
Ctrl + XCut selected item.
Shift + DelCut selected item.
Ctrl + CCopy selected item.
Ctrl + InsCopy selected item
Ctrl + VPaste
Shift + InsPaste
Ctrl + KInsert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl + PPrint the current page or document.
HomeGoes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + HomeGoes to beginning of document.
EndGoes to end of current line.
Ctrl + EndGoes to end of document.
Shift + HomeHighlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + EndHighlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrowMoves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrowMoves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + EscOpens the START menu
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpens Windows Task Manager
Alt + F4Close the currently active program
Alt + EnterOpen the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)

PC shortcut keys for Special Characters

There are many special characters that can be created using keyboard shortcuts. Below are some of the more common and popular special characters and the keyboard shortcuts to create them.

Shortcut KeysSpecial Character
Alt + 0224à
Alt + 0232è
Alt + 0236ì
Alt + 0242ò
Alt + 0241ñ
Alt + 0228ä
Alt + 0246ö
Alt + 0252ü
Alt + 0248ø
Alt + 0223ß
Alt + 0198Æ
Alt + 0231ç
Alt + 0191¿
Alt + 0176°  (degree symbol)
Alt + 0177±  (plus/minus symbol)
Alt + 0153
Alt + 0169©
Alt + 0174®
Alt + 0128€  (Euro currency)
Alt + 0162¢  (Cent symbol)
Alt + 0163£  (British Pound currency)
Alt + 0165¥  (Japanese Yen currency)
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