Here are the basic hot keys that everyone should know. Knowing these will help a great deal when working on your computer.
|Cut||Deletes whatever you have currently selected and
places it into your computer’s clipboard,
ready to be pasted elsewhere in the document.
|Copy||Makes a copy of whatever you have currently selected
and places the copy into your computer’s clipboard, ready to be pasted
elsewhere in the document.
|Paste||Inserts whatever information is in your computer’s clipboard.||Ctrl V|
|Undo||Reverses whatever action you just performed. This is
great if you accidentally delete or mess up your work.
|Redo||Reverses the previous undo action.||Ctrl Y|
|Save||Immediately saves your work. Do
this often so if your computer crashes, you will still have your work
|Open||Open a new document.||Ctrl O|
|Find||Search your document for specific information.||Ctrl F|
|Replace||Search your entire document for specific text and
replace that text with text you type in.
|Print your document.||Ctrl P|
|Select All||Selects everything in your document.||Ctrl A|
|Help||Calls up a help screen for the current application.||F1|
|Next||Moves you to the next ‘field’ or item in a list or
|Next Tab||When in a tabbed window, move to the next tabbed
|Switch Window||Switch to the next open window or application.||Alt Tab|
|Switch Window||This is the alternative method of switch to the next
open window or application when using Microsoft Windows.
|Top||Takes you to the top of your document.||Ctrl Home|
|Bottom||Takes you to the end of your document.||Ctrl End|
|Refresh||Redraws or redisplays everything in the current
window. This is particularly useful when browsing the internet.
|File menu||Displays the ‘File Menu’ for the current application.||Alt F|
|Maximize||Makes the window you are working expand to its
largest possible size.
Common Hotkeys for Working with Text
|Bold||Make the select text bold.||Ctrl B|
|Italics||Make the selected text italics.||Ctrl I|
|Underline||Underline the selected text.||Ctrl U|
|Next Word||Move to the start of the next word.||Ctrl Right Arrow|
|Previous Word||Move to the start of the previous word.||Ctrl Left Arrow|
|Select a block of text.||Starting where the cursor is positioned, mark some
text as being selected. This is accomplished by holding
down the Ctrl and Shift keys, then pressing the arrow keys repeatedly
until you have the text you want selected. This
is a really useful combination when using spreadsheets and word
|Ctrl Shift Any