25+ Keyboard Shortcuts That’ll Help You Work From Home Faster
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25+ Keyboard Shortcuts That’ll Help You Work From Home Faster

Working from home has never been so popular before and with everything going on, working from home might be the safest option. However, most of us don’t want to spend all day in front of a computer, and for that reason, we have gathered a list of keyboard shortcuts that will make your work life a little easier. Whether you are a Mac or Windows user, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn some pretty interesting shortcuts to simplify your worksperience.




Shortcuts for Windows users:

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Some new keyboard shortcuts that will make life easier:

  • Win + H — Start dictation.
  • Win + I — Opens Windows settings.
  • Win + S — Opens Windows search bar.
  • Win + M — Minimizes all windows.
  • Win + Shift + M — Restore minimized windows on the desktop.
  • Win + Number — Opens the app pinned to your task bar. The number you choose corresponds to the app position.
  • Win + Left / Right arrow keys — Moves window of a currently open app left and right.
  • Win + Up / Down arrow key (double klick) — Maximizes or minimizes window of a currently open app.
  • Win + Comma — Quickly peek at your desktop.
  • Win + Prt Scn — Creates a screenshot and instantly saves it in the Screenshots folder.
  • Shift + Win + S — Selects any desired area of the screen and takes a screenshot of it.
  • Win + “+” / “-” keys — Zooms in and out with the magnifier tool (you can zoom in on any app, desktop, or folder).
  • Win + L — Lock your PC or switch accounts.
  • Win + O — Lock device orientation.
  • Win + T — Cycle through apps on the taskbar.
  • Win + Shift + V — Cycle through notifications.
  • Win + period (.) or semicolon (;) — Open emoji panel.
  • Win + comma (,) — Temporarily peek at the desktop.
  • Ctrl + A — Select all content.
  • Alt + Esc — Switches between apps in the order they were opened (faster version of Alt + Tab).
  • Alt + Spacebar — Opens the menu window for a currently open app.

Shortcuts for when you are working with documents in Microsoft Word:

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  • Ctrl+ Shift + V: Paste without formatting.
  • Ctrl + N — Creates a new document.
  • Ctrl + O — Opens an existing document.
  • Ctrl+S: Save a document.
  • F12: Open the Save As dialog box.
  • Ctrl+W: Close a document.
  • Ctrl+Z: Undo an action.
  • Ctrl+Y: Redo an action.
  • Alt+Ctrl+S: Split a window or remove the split view.
  • Ctrl+Alt+V: Print Layout View.
  • Ctrl+Alt+O: Outline View.
  • Ctrl+Alt+N: Draft View.
  • Ctrl+F2: Print Preview View.
  • F1: Open the Help pane.
  • Alt+Q: Go to the “Tell me what you want to do” box.
  • F9: Refresh the field codes in the current selection.
  • Ctrl+F: Search a document.
  • F7: Run a spelling and grammar check.
  • Shift+F7: Open the thesaurus. If you have a word selected, Shift+F7 looks up that word in the thesaurus.

Selecting text:

  • Shift+Left/Right Arrow: Extend your current selection by one character to the left or right.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right Arrow: Extend your current selection by one word to the left or right.
  • Shift+Up/Down Arrow: Extend selection up or down one line.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down Arrow: Extend selection to the beginning or end of the paragraph.
  • Shift+End: Extend selection to the end of the line.
  • Shift+Home: Extend selection to the beginning of the line.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Home/End: Extend selection to the beginning or end of the document.
  • Shift+Page Down/Page Up: Extend selection down or up one screen.
  • Ctrl+A: Select the entire document.
  • F8: Enter selection mode. While in this mode, you can use the arrow keys to extend your selection. You can also press F8 up to five times to extend the selection outward. Pressing Shift+F8 works that same cycle, but backwards. And you can press Esc any time to leave selection mode. It takes a little playing with to get the hang of it, but it’s pretty fun!
  • Ctrl+Shift+F8: Selects a column. Once the column is selected, you can use the left and right arrow keys to extend the selection to other columns.




Shortcuts for working in browsers:

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  • Ctrl + Shift + T — Opens previously closed tab (can do it multiple times).
  • Ctrl + T — Open a new tab.
  • Ctrl + W — Close current tab.
  • Ctrl + 1 to 8 — Switch to the tab of the corresponding number from left to right.
  • Ctrl + Tab — Switches between open tabs.
  • Ctrl + 1 to 8 — Switches to the tab with the corresponding number from left to right.
  • Ctrl + N — Opens a new browser window.
  • Ctrl + L — Focuses the address bar so you can begin typing.
  • Ctrl + 0 — Resets zoom.
  • Ctrl+ Enter — Adds www and .com to the name of the website typed in the search bar.
  • Ctrl + Left Click (on a mouse) — Opens a link in a new tab.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Delete — Opens the Clear Browsing Data option.
  • Alt + Home — Redirects to the home page.
  • Alt + Enter — Opens a typed search query in the search bar in a new active tab.
  • F5 or Ctrl + R — Reloads the page.
  • F11 — Go Fullscreen.
  • Ctrl + H — Open browser history.
  • Ctrl + J — Open downloads history.
  • Ctrl + ‘+’ — Zoom-in.
  • CTRL – ‘-‘ — Zoom-out.
  • CTRL + 0 — Reset zoom.
  • Shift + Left click — Opens a link in a new window.

Shortcuts for Mac users:

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  • Command +Q — Quit.
  • Command + Tab — Switch apps.
  • Command + Option +Esc — Force Quit.
  • Command + M — Minimize.
  • Command + Y — Uses Quick Look to preview the selected files.
  • Command + Spacebar — Spotlight
  • Command + Left Bracket ([) — Goes to the previous folder.
  • Command + Right Bracket (]) — Goes to the next folder.
  • Control + Command + Q — Locks your screen.
  • Shift + Command + Q — Logs out of your macOS user account.
  • Shift + Command + I — Opens iCloud Drive.
  • Shift + Command + N — Creates a new folder.
  • Shift + Command + O — Opens the Documents folder.
  • Option + Command + L — Opens the Downloads folder.
  • Option + Shift + Command + Delete — Empties the Trash without confirmation dialog.
  • Command + Comma (,) — Open the application’s preferences.
  • Command + G — Navigate through each instance of the item you want to find.
  • Command + Shift + A — Select this combination when in Finder/Desktop view to get to your Applications folder, or replace the A with U to open your Utilities folder in a new Finder window (or D for Desktop, H for Home or I to access iCloud Drive).
  • Option + Shift + Volume — Increase or decrease the volume on your Mac in small increments. You can also use Option-Shift to change display brightness in small amounts.




Shortcuts while working with documents:

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  • Shift + Control + Power button — If you use multiple displays this will be especially helpful, as this combination immediately puts all displays to sleep.
  • Command + Shift + 3 — If you need to quickly take a screenshot of your full screen, this shortcut will do that, and save it as a file on your desktop. If you use Command + Shift + Control + 3, it will save it to the clipboard.
  • Command + Shift + 4 — If you want to screenshot a selection from your screen, this shortcut will give you the option to select what you want in a box and save it as a file on your desktop.
  • Command + Semicolon — Use this shortcut to find all misspelled words in a given document.
  • Command + Shift + Z — This shortcut operates as a “redo” functionality to put back the last change that was undone with an “undo” function.
  • Command + Accent (`) — Using this shortcut will activate the next window in line in that application.
  • Control + Command + D — Shows or hides the definition of the selected word.
  • Control + A — Moves cursor to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
  • Control + E — Moves cursor to the end of a line or paragraph.
  • Command + F — Opens the search field.
  • Command + C — Copies the formatting style of the selected piece.
  • Command + V — Applies the copied style to the selected part.
  • Shift + Command + Vertical bar (|) — Center aligns.
  • Shift + Command + Colon (:) — Opens the Spelling and Grammar window.
  • Shift + Command + “-” — Decreases the size of the selected item.
  • Shift + Command + “+” — Increases the size of the selected item.

Hopefully these tips will help make your work a little bit easier with your Apple or Windows machine.




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