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.

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