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The Ultimate Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows and MAC

Windows and macOS – two main computer platforms where all work is done. To learn the shortcuts when using these platforms and the software means completing work faster and more efficiently. Almost all software and platforms, like Windows, has. Many of us may already be aware of these shortcuts. 

The biggest advantage of memorizing shortcuts is that it comes very handy in work. Time can be saved and productivity increased. Below are some of the simple and common shortcuts for all to memorize.

For Windows

Windows + E Opens File Explorer
Windows + L Locks the screen
Windows + A Opens the Action Center
Windows + G (On Windows 10) Opens the Xbox Game Bar while playing a video game
Windows + K Opens the Bluetooth Connectivity for devices
Windows + Left (or Right) arrow Snap an app to the left or right side of the screen
Ctrl + C Copy something
Ctrl + V Paste something
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + X Cut something
Windows + I Open settings
Windows + Spacebar Check the language and keyboard options
Windows + D Hides all open Windows and take us to Desktop screen
Windows + M Minimizes all open apps or windows
Windows + Up key Maximizes all open apps or windows
Windows + Down key Minimizes all open apps or windows
Ctrl + Esc + Shift Opens task manager where we can stop a running software or a stuck software (Force Close)
Windows + 0 Opened Windows Sticky Notes
Windows + PrtScr Takes the picture of an entire screen
Ctrl + A Selects Everything on an app or window


Windows + S Opens Cortana
Windows + C Opens Cortana in listening mode
Windows + R Open Run
Windows + T Moves the focus to icons on the taskbar
Ctrl + Shift + N Makes a new folder in File Explorer
Windows + . or ; Brings up the emoji Box
Shift + any arrow key Selecting text within a document
Ctrl + Shift + any arrow key Selecting a block of text within the document
Ctrl + F or F3 Opening Find box
Ctrl + B Making a selected text, bold


Ctrl + Shift + T Open a tab closed just now by accident
Ctrl + H Open History
Ctrl + W Close a Window


Ctrl + I Italicize Text
Ctrl + U Underline text
Ctrl + S Save a document
F1 Opening help Window
F2 The selected object can be renamed in File Explorer
F3 Opens Find
F4 Shows the address bar in File Explorer
F5 Refresh the page
F6 Moves to a different element on the Window
Alt or Ctrl + PrtScr Screenshot the Window
Alt + Tab Shows all the open applications for quick switching
Shift + Delete Permanently delete something
Alt + Enter Review properties of a file or folder
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + Home Cursor moves to the beginning of the document
Ctrl + End The cursor moves to the end of the document
Ctrl + P Print a document
Ctrl + N Create a new document
Ctrl + O Open an existing document
Ctrl + T Open a new Tab


For macOS


Command + C Copy to clipboard
Command + V Pastes the content from the clipboard
Command + Shift + V Pastes the content without formatting
Command + X Cuts to clipboard
Command + A Selects all content on Page
Command + B Makes the selected text bold
Command + U Underlines the text
Command + I Italicize the selected text
Option + Delete Deletes the selected to the left of the cursor
Fn + Delete Deletes forward
Control + K Deletes the text between cursor and end of para
Command + K Add a hyperlink to selected text
Command + Control + Space bar The character window is opened
Command + F Find a word in the entire document
Command + ; Finding misspelled words in the document
Command + Control + D Highlighted word’s definition is displayed
Command + Shift + : Spelling and Grammar window is opened
Command + Z Undo the previous action
Command + Shift + Z Redo the previously undone action
Fn + Left or Right Arrow Jump to the beginning or end of the document


Command + Up or Down arrow The cursor moves to the beginning or end of the document
Command + Left or right arrow The cursor moves to begin or end of the line.
Command + S Save a document
Command + P Print a document
Command + O Open a document
Command + N Open a new window
Command + W Closes a current window
Command + T Open a new tab
Command + Shift + W Closes all the windows
Command + M Minimizes the window
Command + Shift + N New folder created in Finder
Command + Shift + D Opens desktop folder in finder
Command + Shift + O Document folder is opened in finder
Command + Shift + G Go to Folder window opened in finder
Command + Shift + H The user’s home folder is opened in the finder
Command + Shift + F Opens all Files
Command + Option + L The download folder is opened in the finder
Command + Shift + ? Opens the help window of the currently using app
Option + shift + volume keys Increase and decrease the volume
Command + Shift + 3 or 4 Full and partial screenshot of the window

There may be many other shortcuts, but the above mentioned are the most common. Try to memorize them and enjoy a faster working capability 


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