Using a mouse can be both time-consuming and cause wrist pains. If you wish to use the mouse less than what you do, there are a number of useful keyboard shortcuts that can make life easier for you in your day to day work.
The QWERTY Keyboard:
The most common keyboard is the Qwerty keyboard. If you are wondering if you have a Qwerty keyboard or if you aren’t sure what a Qwerty keyboard is then continue to read this section. If you know what the Qwerty keyboard is, skip to section 4.2.
You will know if you have got a Qwerty keyboard by looking at the top row on your keyboard (the row below the numbers). If you read out the first six letters they spell Qwerty. The following section deals with shortcuts for the Qwerty keyboard.
Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + F - File menu options in current program.
Alt + E - Edit options in current program.
Alt + Tab - Switch between open programs .
F1 - Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2 - Rename a selected file
F5 - Refresh the current program window
Ctrl + N - Create a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl + O - Open a file in current software program
Ctrl + A - Select all text.
Ctrl + B - Change selected text to be Bold
Ctrl + I - Change selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl + U - Change selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl + F - Open find window for current document or window.
Ctrl + S - Save current document file.
Ctrl + X - Cut selected item.
Shift + Del - Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C - Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins - Copy selected item
Ctrl + V - Paste
Shift + Ins - Paste
Ctrl + K - Insert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl + P - Print the current page or document.
Home - Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home - Goes to beginning of document.
End - Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End - Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home - Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End - Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow - Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow - Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + Esc - Opens the START menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc - Opens Windows Task Manager
Alt + F4 - Closes the currently active program
Alt + Enter - Open the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)
Ctrl + Z - Undo
Ctrl + Y - Redo
Special characters shortcuts:
Sometimes you need to enter a special character in a word. The below list will show you which shortcut can be used for each character:
Shortcut Keys Special Character
Alt + 0224 - à
Alt + 0232 - è
Alt + 0236 - ì
Alt + 0242 - ò
Alt + 0241 - ñ
Alt + 0228 - ä
Alt + 0246 - ö
Alt + 0252 - ü
Alt + 0248 - ø
Alt + 0223 - ß
Alt + 0198 - Æ
Alt + 0231 - ç
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)
Other keyboard types:
There are a number of different keyboard types, however if you are in the UK (or the US) the usual keyboard is the Qwerty.
Other keyboard types are:
These keyboards are used mainly in different countries and you will encounter them on any travels. No matter the layouts, the shortcuts should be the same, it is a matter of finding the keys on the keyboard to action these.