Save time with 20 lesser-known PC keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to increase precision and productivity. Chances are you already use a few, such as CTRL + v to paste, CTRL + z to undo, and CTRL + s to save. But there are plenty of lesser-known Windows PC shortcuts that you may find just as useful. Below are some of my favorites:

Keyboard
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General shortcuts

  • Alt + Tab – Switch between open applications
  • Windows key + L – Lock your PC
  • Windows key + Right arrow – Snap a window to the right side of the screen (Windows key + Left arrow – Snap a window to the left side of the screen)
  • Windows key + Up arrow – Maximize a window (Windows key + Down arrow – Minimize a window)
  • Windows key + m – Minimize all windows (Windows key + Shift + m – Restore all minimized windows)

Web browser shortcuts

  • CTRL + f – Find
  • CTRL + t – Open a new browser tab
  • CTRL + Shift + t – Restore the last browser tab you closed
  • Alt + Left arrow – Back (Alt + Right arrow – Forward)
  • CTRL + Plus key – Zoom in (CTRL + Minus key – Zoom out)
  • CTRL + 0 – Return to 100% zoom
  • Home key – Jump to top of page (End key – Jump to bottom of page)
  • CTRL + d – Bookmark a page

Microsoft Word shortcuts

  • Shift + Arrow – Highlight text (To select entire words rather than individual characters each time you press the arrow key, also hold down CTRL)
  • CTRL + f – Find
  • CTRL + k – Insert hyperlink
  • CTRL + scroll up with mouse wheel – Zoom in (CTRL + scroll down with mouse wheel – Zoom out)
  • CTRL + Backspace – Delete entire word to left of cursor
  • Shift + F7 – Open thesaurus
  • CTRL + Shift + g – Check word count

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