Computer Keyboard Shortcuts that Make Your Life Quick and Easy
If you have found a way to quickly use the digits, letters and signs on the keyboard, you have started very good. But there are other keys that you fear if you press them they might break your computer or do something bad, like the ones that contain “F” above the digits. In this article you can quickly learn how to use those buttons and make your job on the computer a lot faster.
Computer Keyboard Keys: Mac and PC Equivalents
It depends on what kind of computer you are working (Mac or Windows), because the keyboards for these two are very different. Don’t catch us wrong, they are not that different, here are the main things that may confuse you:
- Option = Alt
- Control = Ctrl
- Delete = Backspace
- Return = enter
- Command (four-leaf clover) = Windows
The Function Buttons Keyboard Shortcuts
Before starting to learn take a good look at your function keys, you can notice that they have already functions on them like lower the volume or the screen brightness etc. They are shortcuts you can use. So if you want to perform the function on the key, first you need to hold on to the Fn and then press the F# key (Fn+F#).
F1 will open a help screen on every program.
F2 allows you to rename a selected document.
F3 opens a search bar on the application you have opened.
F4 + Option/Alt will close anything you have opened.
F5 will refresh your computer or reload the page you are on.
F6 it moves to the cursor to the address bar on internet browsers.
F7 it can check grammar and spelling in a Word document.
F8 will give you access to the Windows boot menu, or it will display thumbnail images from all workspaces on Mac.
F9 it displays thumbnail images of all windows in one workspace, refreshes a Word document or sends and receives emails in Outlook.
F10 it opens the Menu bar in every application, shows the open windows of a program that is currently active on Mac.
F11 enables and disables full screen mode on internet browsers, or it can display your desktop on a Mac.
F12 displays the Mac’s dashboard, with a calculator or calendar application, and opens the save as bar in Word.
For those of you who work a lot on a computer, press and hold the Ctrl/Command button and the following keys to:
+N to open a new document
+C to copy a highlighted text
+O to open a selected file
+A will select the whole text on a page
+X cut a selected text
+P print the opened document
+W close an opened window
+S save a document or a file
+V paste copied text
+Q will close a whole app (works only on Mac)
+Up Arrow go on the top of a page (use for mac only)
Multi-Button Keyboard Shortcuts
The following combinations are shortcuts first for Mac and then the second ones for Windows.
Command-Option-Escape / Control-Shift-Escape will open you the Task Manager on Windows and the Force Quit Menu on the Mac.
The PrtScr button allows you to take a picture of your screen right away. But the mac offers a lot more nuanced screen picture options. Shift-Command-3 will take a picture of the whole scree, but Shift-Command-4 will take a picture of an area that you will select, Shift-command-4-Space will take a picture only of a specific window. Shift-Command-T the last tab that was closed can be opened once more with this combo on your web browser.
On windows if you press the Windows button + D will minimize everything and show you your desktop. Windows button + F will open the “Find Files and Folders” search bar. Windows button + L will lock the workstation right away (you can use this shortcut to change users faster).
The Apple and Microsoft resources are using a lot more unexpected, detailed and unknown shortcuts. You might be feeling the overload of information you got, but trust us you will be thankful for these useful shortcuts one day.