30 Second Tips - Keyboard Shortcuts For Computers

This is the 41st post in a series called 30 Second Tips. My goal is to show you how to do some neat stuff in 30 seconds or less!

I have the chance to observe numerous people interact with their computers throughout my week and one thing that has stood out to me is that many people don't take advantage of keyboard shortcuts.

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A keyboard shortcut is a combination of keys that, pressed simultaneously, perform some task that would require using the mouse or trackpad.

Printing is a very common task that people perform on their computers. Instead of using the mouse or trackpad to navigate to the File menu and pressing the Print button you can simply press Command + P (Mac) or Control + P (Windows) to bring up the Print dialog box.

I have included some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts that require only two keys to be pressed at the same time.

Note: I typically press and hold the Command or Control key first, then tap on the letter that I want to perform the action.

ActionMacWindows
Select All Command + A Control + A
Bold Text Command + B Control + B
Copy Text Command + C Control + C
Find Text Command + F Control + F
Italicize Text Command + I Control + I
New Command + N Control + N
Open Command + O Control + O
Print Command + P Control + P
Quit Application Command + Q N/A
Refresh Webpage Command + R Control + R
Save Command + S Control + S
New Tab In Browser Command + T Control + T
Underline Text Command + U Control + U
Paste Text Command + V Control + V
Close Current Tab or Window Command + W Control + W
Cut Text Command + X Control + X
Redo Last Operation N/A Control + Y
Undo Last Operation Command + Z Control + Z