Computer Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Computer keyboard shortcut keys are combinations of two or more keys that perform a specific task when they are pressed simultaneously. These Keyboard shortcuts keys help in providing an easier and quicker method of navigating and executing commands in computer software programs. As an alternative to the mouse, using the shortcut keys can make it easier for you to interact with your computer instead of going through the normal processes in accessing and executing programs on the computer . Some of the most commonly used basic shortcut and special character keys that work with almost all IBM compatible computers are listed below.

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The Basic PC Shortcut Keys


Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + F File menu options in current program.
Alt + E Edit options in current program
Alt + Tab Switch between open programs
F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2 Rename a selected file
F5 Refresh the current program window
Ctrl + N Create a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl + O Open a file in current software program
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + B Change selected text to be Bold
Ctrl + I Change selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl + U Change selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl + F Open find window for current document or window.
Ctrl + S Save current document file.
Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
Shift + Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Ctrl + K Insert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl + P Print the current page or document.
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + Esc Opens the START menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Opens Windows Task Manager
Alt + F4 Close the currently active program
Alt + Enter Open the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)

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PC Shortcut Keys For Special Characters

Shortcut Keys Special Character
Alt + 0224 à
Alt + 0232 è
Alt + 0236 ì
Alt + 0242 ò
Alt + 0241 ñ
Alt + 0228 ä
Alt + 0246 ö
Alt + 0252 ü
Alt + 0248 ø
Alt + 0223 ß
Alt + 0198 Æ
Alt + 0231 ç
Alt + 0191 ¿
Alt + 0176 °  (degree symbol)
Alt + 0177 ±  (plus/minus symbol)
Alt + 0153
Alt + 0169 ©
Alt + 0174 ®
Alt + 0128 €  (Euro currency)
Alt + 0162 ¢  (Cent symbol)
Alt + 0163 £  (British Pound currency)
Alt + 0165 ¥  (Japanese Yen currency)

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