Windows Control Key Shortcuts

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I just wanted to take a minute in this week's blog to give a list of some keyboard shortcuts.  It may seem like basic stuff to technicians and computer users in general, but not everyone knows about them.

Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Copy the highlighted text or selected item.


Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Paste the text or object that's in the clipboard.


Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y

Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.


Ctrl + F

Open the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser!


Alt + Tab or Alt + Esc

Quickly switch between open programs moving forward.


Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between tabs in a program.


Ctrl + Back space

Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character.


Ctrl + Left arrow / Right arrow

Move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time.


Ctrl + Home / End

Move the cursor to the beginning or end of a document.


Ctrl + P

Print the page being viewed.


Page Up and Page Down

Pressing either the page up or page down key will move that page one page at a time in that direction.

That's all I can think of for now.  I find a lot of these to be very useful and hope you will too.