Go beyond CTRL+C: here are 33 lesser-known shortcuts to help your workday

OK, we all know what CTRL+C and CTRL+V do. Throw in X and Z into the mix, and one may get comfortable using the keyboard. But did you know there are so many more shortcuts that can help you with your workload? It’s like money savings – throw some coins in the jar, and by the end of the year, you may have enough money for a nice night out. Same with time savings that these shortcuts let you enjoy: learn them and use them throughout the day habitually, and you can shave some time off your daily tasks. Getting more productive? That will make both you and your boss happy.

Here are some shortcuts that are not as commonly known as those we all use to copy, cut, paste or undo…

1Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.SHIFT+DELETE
2Copy selected item.CTRL and drag
3Create a shortcut to selected item.CTRL+SHIFT and drag
4Rename selected item.F2
5Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
6Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.CTRL+LEFT ARROW
7Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.CTRL+DOWN ARROW
8Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.CTRL+UP ARROW
9Highlight a block of text.
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
10Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
11Select all.CTRL+A
12Search for a file or folder.F3
13View properties for the selected item.ALT+ENTER
14Close the active item, or quit the active program.ALT+F4
15Displays the properties of the selected object.ALT+Enter
16Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.ALT+SPACEBAR
17Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.CTRL+F4
18Switch between open items.ALT+TAB
19Cycle through items in the order they were opened.ALT+ESC
20Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.F6
21Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.F4
22Display the shortcut menu for the selected itemSHIFT+F10
23Display the System menu for the active windowALT+SPACEBAR
24Display the Start menuCTRL+ESC
25Display the corresponding menu
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
26Carry out the corresponding command
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
27Activate the menu bar in the active programF10
28Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenuRIGHT ARROW
29Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenuLEFT ARROW
30Refresh the active windowF5
31View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows ExplorerBACKSPACE
32Cancel the current taskESC
33Prevent the CD from automatically playing
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive

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