When I’m using a computer, I like to get things done quickly and efficiently. If my hands are on the keyboard, I don’t want to move one to the mouse if I don’t have to. Luckily there’s some great keyboard shortcuts you can use to make life easier.
- ALT+TAB = Switches between running programs.
- CTRL+TAB = Switches between tabs within a program.
- ALT+F4 = Closes the program you’re in.
- CTRL+F4 = Closes the current window but not necessarily the program.
- F1 = Launches Help! It’s generally contextual, you get help for the program and window that you’re in.
- CTRL+c = Copy
- CTRL+v = Paste
- CTRL+x = Cut
- CTRL+b = Bold
- CTRL+u = Underline
- CTRL+i = Italics
Many of the shortcuts use the “Windows” key in combination with other keys. That’s the key near your space bar with the flag on it.
- Windows Key by itself = Opens the Start Menu. Alternate=ctrl+esc.
- Windows Key + e = Opens Windows Explorer.
- Windows Key + l = Locks your computer. Alter.nate=ctrl+alt+del, click Lock.
- Windows Key + f = Opens the Find dialog.
- Windows Key + d = Minimizes all of your windows and displays the desktop.
- Windows Key + r = Opens the Run dialog box where you can do things geekily, like type Winword instead of clicking on the Microsoft Word icon.
That’s just a few that I use on a regular basis. Check out this Microsoft Knowledgebase article for a more comprehensive list. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449
Most programs also have their own keyboard shortcuts. You can usually find them by hitting F1!