Category: Shortcuts

Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts

For any computer running Microsoft Windows, you’ll notice that the keyboard features a Windows (Logo) key. You’ll find it to the lower-left, between Ctrl and Alt.

That Windows key actually has many hidden uses, some of which you may love! Check out these various keyboard shortcuts that use it:

  • Windows Key: Opens the Start menu or Start panel.
  • Win + A: Opens Quick Settings.
  • Win + B: Focuses on the Hidden Icons on the Taskbar.
  • Win + C: Opens Microsoft Teams (Chat).
  • Win + D: Displays/Hides the Desktop.
  • Win + E: Opens File Explorer.
  • Win + F: Opens the Feedback Hub and inserts a screenshot for you to submit.
  • Win + G: Opens the Xbox Game Bar.
  • Win + H: Launches Voice Typing.
  • Win + I: Opens the Settings panel.
  • Win + J: Sets focus to a Windows tip when one is available.
  • Win + K: Opens the Cast window, to send your screen to another display.
  • Win + L: Locks your PC, also allows you to switch accounts.
  • Win + M: Minimizes all Windows.
  • Win + N: Shows Notifications & Calendar.
  • Win + O: Locks the device’s screen orientation.
  • Win + P: Opens the Project options window (for multiple screens).
  • Win + Q: Opens the Search tool.
  • Win + R: Opens a Run window.
  • Win + S: Opens the Search tool.
  • Win + T: Cycles through apps on the taskbar.
  • Win + U: Opens the Accessibility panel.
  • Win + V: Opens the Clipboard history.
  • Win + W: Shows the Widgets.
  • Win + X: Open the Quick Link menu (same as right-clicking the Start button).
  • Win + Y: Switches to Windows Mixed Reality (VR devices).
  • Win + Z: Opens the Snap layouts.
  • Win + ; or Win + .: Opens the Emoji picker!

Please experiment with these to discover which ones are the most useful for you. Some of these shortcut combos may change your computing life!

Simple Keyboard Shortcuts for MS Word, A-Z

There are too many handy shortcuts within Microsoft Word, but I’m going to try to list out the easier ones for you to review. This is not to say that you should memorize all of them! Rather, check them out and see if a few would be especially useful to the way you use your computer. Practice one or two and you may discover they change your computer-life!

  • Control + A: Highlights & Selects all text in a document.
  • Control + B: Emboldens selected text.
  • Control + C: Copies selected text to clipboard.
  • Control + D: Opens the Font Formatting window.
  • Control + E: Toggles text between Align-Left and Centered.
  • Control + F: Opens a Find field.
  • Control + G: Moves to the next result after using the Find tool.
  • Control + H: Opens the Find & Replace tool.
  • Control + I: Italicizes selected text.
  • Control + J: Toggles text between Align-Left and Justified.
  • Control + K: Inserts a hyperlink into your document.
  • Control + L: Toggles text between Align-Left and Justified.
  • Control + M: Indent entire paragraph.
  • Control + N: Opens a new document.
  • Control + O: Opens the Open File window.
  • Control + P: Opens the Print options window.
  • Control + Q: Removes paragraph formatting (indentation/spacing).
  • Control + R: Toggles text between Align-Left and Align-Right.
  • Control + S: Opens the Save window.
  • Control + T: Creates a hanging indent.
  • Control + U: Underlines selected text.
  • Control + V: Pastes text from clipboard into the document.
  • Control + W: Closes the open document
  • Control + X: Cuts selected text, saving it to the clipboard.
  • Control + Y: Redo the action that was just Undone (see next shortcut).
  • Control + Z: Undo the last action taken.

Many of these shortcuts should carry over to Chromebooks and Linux computers. On Apple computers, most of these shortcuts will also work, if you use the Command key instead of Control.

Most of these shortcuts will also work in OpenOffice, LibreOffice and other non-Microsoft word processing apps.

Simple Keyboard Shortcuts for your Browser, A-Z

There are too many handy shortcuts within Windows, but I’m going to try to list out the easier ones for you to review. This is not to say that you should memorize all of them! Rather, check them out and see if a few would be especially useful to the way you use your computer. Practice one or two and you may discover they change your computer-life!

  • Control + A: Highlights & Selects all text in a given area.
  • Control + B: Shows the Bookmarks (Firefox only).
  • Control + C: Copies selected text to clipboard.
  • Control + D: Creates a bookmark in your browser.
  • Control + E: Starts a web search in your browser.
  • Control + F: Opens a Find field (to search the current site for a word/phrase).
  • Control + G: Moves to the next result after using the Find field.
  • Control + H: Opens your web history in your browser.
  • Control + I: Opens the Page Info window (Firefox only).
  • Control + J: Opens your Downloads list in your browser.
  • Control + K: Starts a web search in your browser.
  • Control + L: Takes you to the address bar in your browser.
  • Control + M: Mutes the current Tab (Firefox and Edge only).
  • Control + N: Opens a new browser window.
  • Control + O: Opens the Open File window.
  • Control + P: Opens the Print options window.
  • Control + Q: Does nothing!
  • Control + R: Refreshes/reloads the current website.
  • Control + S: Opens the Save window (Firefox & Chrome only).
  • Control + T: Opens a new tab in your browser.
  • Control + U: Reveals the source code of the current website.
  • Control + V: Pastes text from clipboard into a text field.
  • Control + W: Closes the current tab.
  • Control + X: Cuts selected text from a text field, saving it to the clipboard.
  • Control + Y: Redo the action that was just Undone (see next shortcut).
  • Control + Z: Undo the last action taken in a text field.

Many of these shortcuts should carry over to Chromebooks and Linux computers. On Apple computers, most of these shortcuts will also work, if you use the Command key instead of Control.

YouTube’s Keyboard Shortcuts

YouTube has a lot of keyboard shortcuts you may not know about. They can help you quickly fast-forward, turn on captions and more. YouTube made a cheatsheet that you can review:

Just press Shift + ? while at YouTube.com to see the full list of their keyboard shortcuts!

It’s not easy to print, though, so you may click here for a printable screenshot.

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