What are some basic keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac?
Keyboard shortcuts are key combinations that allow you to do things you would normally need a mouse to do. They can shave a few seconds off a task by eliminating a few mouse clicks.
Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts:
- Ctrl + A = Select All (Highlights or selects all items in a document)
- Ctrl + C = Copy (Copies all selected items.)
- Ctrl + X = Cut (Cuts or removes all selected items.)
- Ctrl + V = Paste (Pastes copied or cut items.)
- Ctrl + Z = Undo (Undoes your last action.)
- Ctrl + P = Print (Opens the print menu.)
- Ctrl + F = Find (Opens a search box that allows you to search a document by keyword.)
- Ctrl + Esc = Open the Start Menu
- Ctrl + + (plus sign) = Zoom in
- Ctrl + - (minus sign) = Zoom out
- Alt + Tab = Switch Apps (Allows you to switch between running applications.)
- Win + D = Show or Hide the Desktop (Hides all open applications to reveal the desktop.)
- F5 = Refresh a Webpage
See more Windows keyboard shortcuts here.
Basic Mac Keyboard Shortcuts:
- Command + A = Select All
- Command + C = Copy
- Command + X = Cut
- Command + V = Paste
- Command + Z = Undo
- Command + P = Print
- Command + F = Find
- Option + Command + 8 = Turn Zoom On/Off
- Option + Command + + (plus sign) = Zoom in
- Option + Command + - (minus sign) = Zoom Out
- Command + Tab = Switch Apps
- Command + Mission Control = Show the Desktop
- Command + R = Refresh a Webpage
See more Mac keyboard shortcuts here.