Keyboard shortcuts are important to anyone, they can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. The shortcut avoids having to reach for your mouse or look through a menu just to accomplish something basic.

There are lots of Microsoft Windows shortcuts. On this page, we’ll introduce you to some keyboard shortcuts recommended for everyone to memorize and use as they could be considered the more universal shortcuts which not only work within the Windows operating system but also in most software programs. After knowing them, you’ll find yourself using them frequently as they’ll save up lots of your time.

  1. Ctrl+C: Copy selected content.
  2. Ctrl+V: Paste copied content.
  3. Ctrl+Shift V: Paste unformatted content.
  4. Ctrl+X: Delete and copy selected content.
  5. Ctrl+A: Select all available content in focus.
  6. Ctrl+Z: Undo the previous action.
  7. Ctrl+Y: Redo the previous action.
  8. Ctrl+S: Save what you’re working on.
  9. Ctrl+O: Open a new file.
  10. Ctrl+P: Open the print dialog box.
  11. Ctrl+F: Open the search tool to find something on the page.
  12. Ctrl+R: Refresh the contents on the screen. (only F5 works in some cases)
  13. Alt+F4: Close the active program.
  14. F11: Enter full-screen mode.
  15. Esc: Stop or close a prompt or process.