22 Best Keyboard Shortcuts You're Not Using

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Every time you lift your hand off the keyboard and reach for your mouse or touchpad, you're wasting precious seconds. That's why I use keyboard shortcuts for everything on my PC. Not only are key combos faster to hit, but they're also more accurate than even the best mouse when it comes to precise actions like highlighting text or selecting cells in a spreadsheet.

When I talk to friends -- even my most tech-savvy colleagues -- I find that most use basic keyboard shortcuts such as CTRL+X to cut and CTRL+V to paste, but they don't know some of the most helpful hotkeys that their PCs have to offer. These are the 22 best PC keyboard shortcuts you're probably not using, but should be.

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Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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16 comments
  • Joe Bean Says:

    Great list! Only useful stuff, not drowning us with irrelevant shortcuts. I learned 2 new ones. Thanks.

  • Derrick Campbell Says:

    Shift + Enter sends in outlook as well

  • Halley Says:

    I have been using Win Key + D for-EVER to minimize all screens and show my desktop. I'll stick to that. As for using 2 keys (alt+ left arrow) to go back in my browser...NO....WAY! I'll stick with my backspace key. Just add an extension to chrome and bang. I'm NOT going to suffer through some ignorant change by google b/c of a bunch of whiny babies. And I'm NOT using 2 buttons for the work of 1. Especially when I have to totally move my hands from the natural key position to go do that...no. STUPID. Just get an extension and be a grown up. alt arrow. psh!

    You also missed Ctrl + T to open a new tab. And if you for some reason are using IE...Ctrl + K duplicates your current tab. Why the idiots at google don't have that yet is beyond me.

    All good tips - just expressing my opinions of course.

  • sagar Says:

    my laptop is inspire 15 3000 series (i3).
    i was working so nicely but now i got a problem that is when i open a computer it seems completely blank, only the mouse arrow moves.
    so please provide me a solution

  • karmveer singh Says:

    sir please giv me all short key for all window

  • Thamza Says:

    the mousepad on my dell inspiron 640m laptop is no longer working. please help me with the keys i should use to move the mouse pointer. i have tried turning mouse keys on and that did not do the trick. is there some software i can use somewhere to fix this?

  • khulekani Says:

    why disk c have more space than disk d while disk c holds the windows

  • shahid Says:

    All shotcut key send me day by day

  • William East Says:

    Ok, I know most of these. Except for F2 to rename stuff. Although, you missed the aero version of alt-tab...

    Windows-Tab! Works on windows 7 for sure, not sure about other windows os's though.

  • Doug Gale Says:

    I already use all of those! Great list though, almost everyone can frequently use these shortcuts.

    My two cents:

    - Ctrl+W to close browser tab.
    - Ctrl-T to open a new browser tab.
    - Alt-D to put focus in the address bar in browser.
    - Ctrl-Tab / Ctrl-Shift-Tab to switch between browser tabs.
    - Ctrl-enter to wrap www.com around typed in domain name in address bar.

  • divine galupo Says:

    How to open a laptop using only the keyboards? Please reply asap. Thanks

  • Gilbert Navarro Says:

    My laptop is old it's name is great quaintly mx-3203
    It doesn't want boot up it run I mean the fan run but the laptop won't boot up is there start a command we keyboard ?thank you for your time

  • Mayara Bonano Says:

    I need the shorcut for horisontale and vertically display for dell inspiron, thanks.

  • Melvin Gonsalves Says:

    The tips were very useful. Thank you.

  • bubble heart Says:

    this was like so helpful i already knew most of them but some i was like OMG cuz i didnt know that a laptop could do tht

  • coop lien Says:

    Tips like the ones in this article are really appreciated. After all, the whole idea is to work quickly and efficiently,isn't it? At least, that's what I'm trying to do.

    Thanks!

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