Shortcuts Keys: Keyboard must learn skills!

Shortcut Keys are a must know skill for any tech or digital practitioner. Keyboard shortcuts can come in handy when certain computer peripherals fail in the course of your working on a computer. For example, a simple malfunction of a mouse or touchpad can result in your inability to save your project. In that scenario, what keyboard shortcuts skills should you employ to save the situation?

Below, are some of the keyboard shortcuts you need to know and practice so that they become part of your working ethics in the day-to-day activities as you interact with your computer. Remember to effectively use this combination of shortcut keys; you will need to start practicing their use progressively until you inculcate their usage and applications.

Keyboard Keys
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There are shortcuts meant for use with a keyboard; others can be used in windows operating systems, while others can be used in Microsoft word processing environment. The list is not conclusive as there are many other shortcut keys not covered here in this article.

Keyboard shortcut keys

Alt + Print ScreenThis creates screenshot for the current program in session.
Shift + TabIt switches backwards between open applications
Ctrl + Alt + Del Reboot/Windows®Opens up the task manager
Ctrl + EscBrings up the start menu
Alt + EscEnables the switch between applications on the taskbar
F2Used when you want to rename a selected icon
F3Starts find from desktop
F4Opens the drive selection when browsing
F5Used to refresh contents
Alt + F4Used to close current open program
Ctrl + F4Closes window in a program
Ctrl + Plus KeyUsed to automatically adjust column widths in Windows Explorer
Alt + EnterOpen properties window of selected icon or program
Shift + F10It simulates right-click function on selected item
Shift + DelUsed to permanently delete programs/files
Holding Shift During BootupBoots the computer in safe mode or bypass system files


WINKEY + DBrings desktop to the top of other windows
WINKEY + MMinimize all windows
WINKEY + SHIFT + MUndo the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D
WINKEY + EOpens the Microsoft Explorer window
WINKEY + TabCycle through open programs on taskbar
WINKEY + FIt displays the Windows search/Find feature
WINKEY + CTRL + FDisplays the search for computers window
WINKEY + F1It displays the Microsoft® Windows® help
WINKEY + ROpens the run window
WINKEY + Pause /BreakOpens the system properties window
WINKEY + UOpens the utility manager
WINKEY + LLocks the computer

Windows XP & Later Outlook Shortcuts Keys

Alt + SThe action is used to send the email
Ctrl + CUsed to copy selected text
Ctrl + VFor pasting selected text in Ctrl + c above or Ctrl + X below
Ctrl + XCuts selected text for pasting
Ctrl + POpen print dialog box
Ctrl + KComplete name/email typed in address bar
Ctrl + BBolds any highlighted selection
Ctrl + IItalicize any highlighted selection
Ctrl + UUnderline highlighted selection
Ctrl + RActions reply to an email
Ctrl + FActions Forward of an email
Ctrl + NCreates a new email
Ctrl + Shift + ACreates a new appointment to your calendar
Ctrl + Shift + OOpen the outbox
Ctrl + Shift + IOpen the inbox
Ctrl + Shift + KAdd a new task
Ctrl + Shift + CCreate a new contact
Ctrl + Shift+ JCreate a new journal entry
Ctrl + IItalicize highlighted selection

WORD® Shortcut keys

Ctrl + ASelect all contents of the page
Ctrl + BBold highlighted selection
Ctrl + CCopy selected text
Ctrl + XCut selected text
Ctrl + NOpen new/blank document
Ctrl + OOpen options
Ctrl + POpen the print window
Ctrl + FOpen find box
Ctrl + IItalicize highlighted selection
Ctrl + KInsert link
Ctrl + UUnderline highlighted selection
Ctrl + VPaste
Ctrl + YRedo the last action performed
Ctrl + ZUndo last action
Ctrl + GFind and replace options
Ctrl + HFind and replace options
Ctrl + ASelect all contents of the page
Ctrl + BBold highlighted selection
Ctrl + CCopy selected text
Ctrl + XCut selected text
Ctrl + NOpen new/blank document
Ctrl + OOpen options
Ctrl + POpen the print window
Ctrl + JJustify paragraph alignment
Ctrl + LAlign selected text or line to the left
Ctrl + QAlign selected paragraph to the left
Ctrl + EAlign selected paragraph to the center
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