Top keyboard shortcuts: How to use computer without touching mouse?

How many keyboard shortcuts do you know about? Give it a thought. Try to remember before reading on. We’ll wait for you.

Well. How many can you remember?

A handful of keyboard shortcuts- it’s good.

You can only remember two or three. Not so good, I guess.

More than a dozen! And you use them regularly. Awesome! Someone is smart and efficient and saving a lot of time.

There are a group of awesome keyboard shortcuts that people know little about. And there is another group of shortcuts which are well known. Most of the computer professionals use these well known shortcuts. And in addition to that, they also use some advanced shortcuts so that they don’t even have to touch the mouse/touchpad.

This all adds to saving the precious little time that professionals possess. By using these keyboards, you can use your computer like a computer professional.

Today, I am going to share with you some of the most famous, useful & easy to use keyboards and not so famous but very useful and finger stretching keyboard shortcuts.

Alt + Enter -> Show the properties of the selected file in the folder.

Alt + F4 -> Closes any windows app. Exception: Avira Antivirus.

Alt + Left Arrow/ Backspace -> Back in the Web browser. Alt + Right Arrow will take you forward

Alt + S/Ctrl + Enter -> Alt + S to send an email in the outlook or other desktop mail programs. Ctrl+ Enter in the Gmail.

Alt + Tab -> it is used to switch between the applications. One of the most widely used keyboard shortcuts.

Alt + up Arrow -> shows the upper level folder of the current level folder.

Ctrl + Alt + Delete -> start the task manager.

Ctrl + C -> Copy: Ctrl + Insert also works

Ctrl + D -> to instantly bookmark a page.

Ctrl +F -> search in the browser or a file

Ctrl + J -> Open the Downloads section in the Chrome and Firefox.

Ctrl + X -> Cut.

Ctrl + V -> Paste: Shift + Insert also works

Ctrl + Shift + B -> Show the bookmarks menu bar in a web Browser.

Ctrl + Shift + O -> Shows all the bookmarks on a separate tab.

Ctrl + P -> print

Ctrl + Shift + T -> Restore most recently closed Tab. Un-does the accidental tab close. Healer of the Ctrl + W: our next shortcut. It is very useful but a rarely used shortcut.

Ctrl + T -> to open a new tab.

Ctrl + Tab -> to switch between the tabs of web browser and other applications. Use Ctrl + Shift + Tab to go in the reverse order.

Ctrl + Shift + V -> to paste the content in an online document without the styling such as bold, italic, varying text size, links, etc. It works in the Chrome and Firefox browser.

Ctrl + W -> close one of the tabs in the program. This works on multiple types of programs such as Web browser, text editor, etc.

F2 -> rename Files. Save the time to right click and click rename options.

F11 -> to make your browser Full Screen.

Home -> Takes you to the top of your browser.

R/ Ctrl + R -> R is the shortcut key for replying to a message in outlook. Ctrl + R instead is used for online services such as outlook.com and Gmail. The shortcut key won’t work in Gmail until you’ve enabled the keyboard shortcut in the Settings menu.

Ctrl + R in your browser -> Refresh the page.

Shift + Arrow -> Highlight text/characters. If you hold down the control button also, then the words will get selected. Use Shift + End to select the text upto the end of the line.

Shift + Delete -> Permanently Delete a files without sending it to the recycle bin. Be careful while using this shortcut.

Shift + F7 -> This shortcut is to be used in the Microsoft Word. Pressing this key combination will display you a Thesaurus. It works offline as well. It is available in multiple languages. And hence it can do some single word translations. Try this one. This one is fun and interesting.

Shift + Space -> Select a row on Excel.

Windows + + -> Zoom in using Magnifier. Windows + Esc -> Quit Magnifier

Windows + – -> Zoom out using Magnifier

Windows Key + 0-9 ­-> Launch the app placed at the corresponding number in the taskbar

Windows Key + Arrow -> Windows snaps. Windows and right key combination will snap the window to the right of the screen. It can also be used to switch application view in multiple screens.

Windows Key + D – > show Desktop.

Windows Key + E -> show windows explorer; My Computer in other words

Windows Key + F -> open up a search Window.

Windows Key + F1 -> opens the help and support window.

Windows Key + L -> Lock your computer. Prevent someone from sneaking on your personal files.

Windows Key + M -> minimize all windows/program. Use Windows Key + Shift + M to restore all the minimized windows.

Windows Key + R -> open a run dialog box.

Windows Key + T -> traverse the apps in the taskbar. Press Enter to launch the selected app.

Windows Key + Tab -> switch between the apps using the 3D view of the apps.

Windows Key + X -> shows the advanced windows settings menu.

For Windows 8

Windows Key + H -> open charms share.

Windows Key + I -> open charms network setting.

Windows Key + Q -> search the installed apps.

Windows Key +, -> Show desktop temporarily.

If you’re serious about saving time and being efficient, you can start using these keyboard shortcuts. If you don’t want to use these keyboard shortcuts and you’re insistent on wasting your precious time, hit the Ctrl + W key.

Else, if you don’t like using your mouse and want to get efficient on using keyboards, you can hit the Ctrl + D button.

But it is really very hard to surf on the internet without feeling the love of the mouse.

If you think you can add to this list and I have excluded some shortcuts that you use even rarely, list them down in the comment section. I will add it to the list (if appropriate).