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Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save You Time!

By August 4, 2022February 4th, 2024No Comments

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or key combinations you can press on the keyboard of your computer to carry out various activities. Often, utilizing a shortcut is quicker than using a mouse because both of your hands can stay on the keyboard. Additionally, keyboard shortcuts are universal, allowing you to use many of the same shortcuts across a wide range of programs once you’ve learned them. For instance, you may accomplish the same actions in email, Facebook, and your blog by employing the same keyboard keys that you would use to copy and paste text in a word processing program.

For PCs running Windows and macOS, there are various keyboard shortcuts.  Here are the five most commonly used special keys on a Mac and their Windows keyboard equivalents.

Mac Key Windows Key
Control Ctrl
Option Alt
Command (cloverleaf) Windows
Delete Backspace
Return Enter

Here are some popular shortcuts used.

Windows Shortcut Mac Shortcut Action
Alt + F4 Cmd + Q Close open window
Alt + Tab Cmd + Tab Switch through open next apps
Alt + Shift + Tab Cmd + Shift + Tab Switch through open previous apps
Ctrl + A Cmd + A Select all
Ctrl + C Cmd + C Copy content
Ctrl + D Cmd + Delete Delete and move to Recycle Bin
Ctrl + Shift Ctrl + Space Toggle keyboard layout
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Cmd + Opt + Esc Task manager or Force quit
Ctrl + V Cmd + V Paste content
Ctrl + X Cmd + X Cut content
Ctrl + Y Cmd + Shift + Z Redo action
Ctrl + Z Cmd + Z Undo previous action
Shift + Delete Cmd + Option + Delete Permanently delete item
Shift + F10 Custom Show shortcut menu
Windows Logo  + L Cmd + Ctrl + Q Lock computer
Windows Logo + ; Cmd + Ctrl + Space Emoji keyboard
Windows Logo + . Cmd + Ctrl + Space Emoji keyboard
Windows Logo  + + Cmd + Opt + = or – Magnifier / Zoom in or out in Mac
Windows Logo + Spacebar Cmd + Space + Key configured in preferences Switch keyboard language input
Windows Logo + A Custom Action Center in Windows / Notification Center in Mac
Windows Logo + Alt + D Custom Toggle date and time
Windows Logo + , Cmd + F3 Peek desktop
Windows Logo + Ctrl + Enter Cmd + Fn + F5 The narrator in Windows / VoiceOver in Mac
Ctrl + S Cmd + Opt + D Start menu in Windows / Dock in Mac
Windows Logo  + D Cmd + Mission Control Show or hide desktop
Windows Logo + Down arrow Cmd + M Resize or minimize app
Windows Logo + E Cmd + Option + Space File Explorer in Windows / Open Search in Finder
Windows Logo  + I Cmd + , Settings / Preferences
Windows Logo + M Cmd + Opt + M Minimize all apps
Windows Logo + Number Fn + Ctrl + F3 then Left arrow and enter Launch the taskbar app with the position specified by the number
Windows Logo + O Custom Selectable Lock orientation
Windows Logo + P Opt F1 or F2 Project menu in Windows / Display settings in Mac
Windows Logo + R Cmd + Space and search Run dialog box in Windows / Terminal in Mac
Windows Logo + S Cmd + Space Open search
Windows Logo + Shift + M Cmd + Tab then select Restore minimized apps from desktop
Windows Logo + Shift + S Command + Shift + 5 Take screenshot
Windows Logo + Shift + Up arrow Not available Stretch app to touch top and bottom of screen
Windows Logo + Shift + V Custom Navigate through notifications
Windows Logo + T Ctrl + Fn + F3 then Left Arrow Navigate through taskbar apps
Windows Logo + Tab Cmd + Tan Task view in Windows / Toggle apps in Mac
Windows Logo + U Cmd + Opt + Fn + F5 Ease of Access Center
Windows Logo + Up arrow Cmd + L Maximize window
Windows Logo + V Cmd + Shift + Opt + V Clipboard history
Windows Logo + X Not applicable Quick link menu
Windows Logo  + Ctrl + Q Not applicable Quick Assist
Win Logo  + B Custom Focus notification area
F2 Enter Rename
Alt + F Cmd + F2 and F File menu
Alt + E Cmd + F2 and E Edit menu
Alt + V Cmd + F2 and V View menu
Ctrl + P Cmd + P Print
Ctrl + N Cmd + T New browser tab
Ctrl + Shift + N Cmd + Shift + N New folder
Enter Cmd + O Open file or folder or program
Win Logo + X then U then S Cmd + Opt + Eject Sleep or standby
Win Logo + X then U then U Cmd + Ctrl + Opt + Eject Shutdown
Win Logo + X then U then R Cmd + Ctrl + Power Restart
Hold power button Cmd + Opt + Eject Force shutdown
Win Logo + Print Screen Cmd + Shift + 3 Save screenshot of the screen
Print Screen Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 3 Copy screen screenshot to clipboard
Alt + Print Screen Cmd + Ctrl + Shift + 3 Copy active window screenshot
Ctrl + F Cmd + F Find
Ctrl + H Cmd + H Search and replace
Ctrl + B Cmd + B Bold
Ctrl + I Cmd + I Italic
Ctrl + U Cmd + U Underline
Ctrl + Shift + A Cmd + Opt + C Toggle uppercase and lowercase
Ctrl + Shift + = Cmd + Ctrl + + Superscript
Ctrl + = Cmd + Ctrl + – Subscript
Alt + D Cmd + L Browser address bar
Alt + Home Cmd + Home Browser home page
Ctrl + B Cmd + B Bookmarks menu in browser
Ctrl + Enter Cmd or Ctrl + Enter Add .com to URL in browser
Shift + Enter Shift + Enter Add .net to URL in browser
Ctrl + Shift + Enter Cmd + Shift + Enter Add .org to URL in browser
Ctrl + D Cmd + D Add to bookmark in browser
Ctrl + W Cmd + F11 Close current window



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