Using the keyboard to accomplish simple tasks such as opening, closing and switching between windows, copying and pasting is quicker and easier than using the mouse and navigating your way through menus to get to what you want.
There are many shortcuts available, and you can also create your own for tasks you carry out particularly often.
These are the shortcuts I find most useful. Most are available in all versions of Windows.
The Windows key is the key to the left of Alt, which is just to the left of the spacebar, with a symbol on it similar to a “flying” window, as shown in Figure 1. Older keyboards will have a slightly different symbol, but it’s similar. It is referred to in this article as WinKey.
|Desired action||Keyboard shortcut|
|Open Windows Explorer||WinKey + E|
|Close all Windows to show Desktop||WinKey+ D|
|Switch between open windows||Alt + Tab|
|Open the Run window||WinKey+ R|
|Open the Start menu||WinKey on its own|
|Open search window||WinKey + W|
|Copy selected text or object||Ctrl + C|
|Cut selected text or object||Ctrl + X|
|Paste selected text or object||Ctrl + V|
|Undo||Ctrl + Z|
|Close the current window||Alt + F4|
|Set selected text as Bold||Ctrl + B|
|Set selected text as Italic||Ctrl + I|
|Underline selected text||Ctrl + U|
|Lock the computer||WinKey + L|
|Refresh the current window||F5|
There are many other keyboard shortcuts available, but these are the ones I would consider to be the ones that will make the most difference to your productivity using Windows. Any others that you find useful?