Learning common keyboard shortcuts can help to speed up routine computer actions and make your workflow more efficient.
The Windows key has this picture on it: It's located between your CTRL & ALT keys. Hold down the "Windows" key and press:
M - Minimizes all windows
SHIFT + M - Undo minimize all windows
E - Opens Windows Explorer
D - Switches between minimizing all open programs and showing them all.
F - Opens the Find Window
R - Opens the Run Window
BREAK / PAUSE- Opens System Properties
TAB - Cycles through items on the task bar
Or just press the Windows key to open the Start menu.
ALT + F4 - Quit a program / Shut down
ALT + TAB - Hold down the ALT key and hit tab to cycle through open windows.
CTL + ESCAPE - Display the Start menu
SHIFT + TAB - Tab backwards through a form
CTRL + X - Cut
CTRL + C - Copy
CTRL + V - Paste
F1 - Help menu
CTRL + Z - Undo
SHIFT & Restart - To restart just windows and not your whole computer, hold down the shift key when you click the OK button on the shutdown screen. Saves lots of time.
CRTL + TAB - Navigate tabs on a tabbed screen
File & Desktop Shortcuts
Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD - Prevents the CD from "autorunning"
If an item is selected:
CTRL while dragging a file - Copies the file
CTRL + SHIFT while dragging a file - Creates a shortcut to the file
SHIFT + DELETE - Deletes an item without sending it to the recycle bin.
ALT + ENTER - Display a file's properties.
F2 - To rename the file
In Windows Explorer:
LEFT ARROW - Collapse the current selection if it is expanded
NUM LOCK + MINUS SIGN (-) - Collapse the selected folder
RIGHT ARROW - Expand the current selection if it is collapsed -Or- Select the first subfolder
NUM LOCK - * Expand all folders below the current selection
NUM LOCK- PLUS SIGN (+) - Expand the selected folder
F6 - Switch between left and right panes
In My Computer:
BACKSPACE - View the folder one level up
ALT + RIGHT ARROW - Move forward to a previous view
ALT + LEFT ARROW -Move backward to a previous view
The COMMAND key has this picture on it: It's located between the OPTION key and the SPACE BAR, and is also known as the APPLE key.
Hold down the COMMAND key and press:
H - Hide current window/application (very useful when working with many programs at a time)
OPTION + H - Hide all windows/applications except for the current one
O - Open file
S - Save file
SHIFT + S - Save as
P - Print
M - Minimize window
OPTION + M - Minimize all windows
W - Close current window
OPTION + W - Close all windows
Q - Quit current application
OPTION + ARROW KEYS - Scroll through/select open applications
Z - Undo
X - Cut
C - Copy
V - Paste
A - Select All
? - Open Mac Help (highly recommended for answers to any OSX questions)
In the Finder, hold down COMMAND and press:
N - New Finder window
SHIFT + N - New Folder
L - Make Alias (Shortcut) to selected file
F - Find
O - Open selected file
RIGHT ARROW - Expand folder (list view)
OPTION + RIGHT ARROW - Expand folder and nested subfolders (list view)
LEFT ARROW - Collapse folder (list view)
OPTION + LEFT ARROW - Open parent folder and close current window
DELETE - Move to Trash
SHIFT + DELETE - Empty Trash
In folder/file windows, hold down COMMAND and press:
1 - View as Icons
2 - View as List
3 - View as Columns
[ - Back
] - Forward
SHIFT + C - Open Computer
SHIFT + A - Open Applications Folder
For a complete list of Mac OSX Keyboard Shortcuts, click COMMAND - ? to open Mac Help, then do a search for "keyboard shortcuts"
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