Ctrl F That: Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

Have you ever spent several minutes scrolling through a list to find the name you want? Or panicking while looking for the “undo” button?

Did you know that Windows has built-in shortcuts to make life easier for you in these situations? Once you learn the keyboard shortcuts listed below, you’ll end up saving quite a bit of time (and mouse clicks).

There’s an entire Wikipedia article on this, but here are some of my favorite shortcuts. All you need to do is hold down the Ctrl button and press one of these letters:

F- opens a dialog box you can use to find specific text

A- highlights all of the text in the window

N- opens new document or tab

P- print

PgUp/PgDn button- flips through different tabs in a web browser or different sheets/tabs in Excel

Z- undo

Y- redo

C- copy 

X- cut 

V- paste 

B- bolds text

U- underlines text

I- italicizes text

Want to go nuts? Open a Word document and type something in it. Hold the Ctrl button down and then type the letters ACNV. You just highlighted everything and then copied/pasted it into a new document. Pretty neat, right?


What are your favorite keyboard shortcuts? Leave your answer in the comments.


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