PC Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know


1. Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert), Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert): Among the most basic keyboard shortcuts for Windows users, these standbys will copy, cut, or paste the selected item.

2. Alt+Tab: This command will switch between open apps.

3. Alt+F4: This shortcut will close the active item or exit the active app.

4.  Windows logo key +L: This command will lock your PC or switch accounts.

5.  Windows logo key +D: This shortcut will display or hide the desktop.

6.  Windows logo key+start typing: This command enables you to search your PC. (Make sure you let off the Windows key before typing.)

7. Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-): These keyboard shortcuts enable you to zoom in and out of a large number of items, like apps pinned to the Start screen. (An alternative is pressing Ctrl and using the scroll wheel.)

8. Windows logo key+C: This command opens the Charms, or if you’re in an app, it opens the commands for that app.

9. Windows logo key+Z: This keyboard shortcut shows the commands that are available within an app.

10. Windows logo key+Tab: This command enables you to cycle through recently used apps, while Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+Shift+Tab enables you to cycle through recently used apps in reverse order.

11. Esc: Tapping the escape key enables you to stop or exit the current task.

12. F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6: These keys open Display Help, rename a selected item, search for a file or folder, display the address bar list in File Explorer, refresh the active window, or cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

13. F10: This key will activate the Menu bar in the active app.

14. Alt+F4: This command will close the active item or exit the active app.

15. Alt+Spacebar: This command will open the shortcut menu for the active window.

16. Alt+Left arrow, Alt+Right arrow, Alt+Page Up,  and Alt+Page Down: These keyboard shortcuts will go back, go forward, move up one screen, or move down one screen.

17. Alt+Tab: This command enables you to switch between open apps.

18. Ctrl+A: This command selects all of the items in a document or window.

19. Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert), Ctrl+D (or Delete), Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert), and Ctrl+X: These keyboard shortcuts will copy the selected item, delete the selected item, paste the selected item, or cut the selected item.

20. Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y: These keyboard shortcuts will undo and redo an action.

21. Ctrl+Right arrow, Ctrl+Left arrow, Ctrl+Down arrow, and Ctrl+Up arrow: These keyboard shortcuts will move the cursor to the beginning of the next word, the beginning of the previous word, the beginning of the next paragraph, or the beginning of the previous paragraph.

22. Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key: This command will select a block of text.

23. Ctrl+Esc and Ctrl+Shift+Esc: These keyboard shortcuts open the Start Screen or the Task Manager.

24. Shift+Delete: This command deletes the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.

25. Right arrow or Left arrow: The Right arrow will open the next menu item to the right or open a submenu, while the Left arrow will open the next menu item to the left or close a submenu.

26. Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+Shift+Tab, and Ctrl+number: These keyboard shortcuts will move you forward through tabs, move back through tabs, or move to the nth tab.

27. Tab and Shift+Tab: These commands enable you to move forward through options or move back through options.

28. Alt+underlined letter: This shortcut performs the command or selects the option that goes with that letter.

29. Spacebar: This key selects or clears the check box if the active option is a check box.

30. Backspace: This key opens a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box.



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