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When working on your laptop, it is worth knowing the shortcuts that are available to you on your keyboard and so make it easier to move around the screen and carry out tasks.

There are various methods to working with keyboard shortcuts, which are excellent time savers and often mean that your mouse is used more sparingly than usual.

Copying and pasting are methods that are used every day by laptop users and unexpectedly do not need to be carried out by using a mouse and drop down boxes. By simply holding down the Ctrl key and pressing C on your keyboard to copy and after finding your desired pasting space, holding Ctrl and V to paste, it means that various files or images can be quickly and effortlessly copied.

When you make a mistakes with your work, you don’t need to head up to the tool bar to click edit and undo typing. Instead it merely simply hold down the Ctrl key and press Z to undo the last operation and hold down the Ctrl key and press Y to redo it.

To highlight your entire screen there is no need to click and hold down your mouse to drag it across each and every word you see. Instead hold down Ctrl and hit the letter A to instantly select everything in your window. Alternatively to close down a window quickly, hold down Ctrl and press F4 to avoid accidentally minimizing the window or clicking the restore down button with your mouse.

These are just a few handy shortcuts worth noting. For a full list of short cuts, see below.
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Windows system key combinations

  • F1: Help
  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
  • ALT+F4: Quit program
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently

Windows program key combinations

  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic

Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for shell objects

  • SHIFT+right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands
  • SHIFT+double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
  • ALT+double click: Displays properties
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin

General keyboard-only commands

  • F1: Starts Windows Help
  • F10: Activates menu bar options
  • SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
  • CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
  • CTRL+ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
  • ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
  • ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window’s System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
  • ALT+- (ALT+hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window’s System menu (from the MDI child window’s System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window)
  • CTRL+TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
  • ALT+underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
  • ALT+F4: Closes the current window
  • CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
  • ALT+F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window)


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