10 keyboard shortcuts to change your life

10 keyboard shortcuts to change your life

It’s been estimated that the average person can lose about two seconds of work every minute simply from switching between a mouse and keyboard.

However, there are a huge number of keyboard shortcuts than can help you save time and get jobs done more quickly. Most of us know the basics, like Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste, but here are 10 more that you might not know:

Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel: Use this to zoom in and out of any application, from internet webpages to Word documents


Ctrl+0: If you have zoomed in or out of a webpage and want to return to the normal view, use this combination


Ctrl+←or→: Use this shortcut to move the cursor one word at a time, helping you to move through large areas of text quickly


Ctrl+Shift+←or→: Similar to the above, but this lets you highlight entire words to speed up selecting chunks of text for copying or cutting


Ctrl+Backspace: Rather than delete words letter by letter, use this shortcut to delete entire words at a time


Ctrl+Home or End: This shortcut takes you directly to the start or end of a document


Windows key+M: Use this if you need to quickly minimize all open windows and return to the desktop


Alt+Tab: Need to switch between several applications? Use this shortcut to cycle between active windows quickly


Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Use this to launch the Task Manager, where you can check on all open applications and shut down any that are causing you trouble


F11: When browsing the web, use this to switch to a full-screen view


There are lots more out there, so refer to Microsoft’s guide if you need more tips.