Part 1: Windows Shortcuts to Save You Time

Part 1: Windows Shortcuts to Save You Time

You at work. Check.

Computer on. Check.

Monitor on. Check.

Keyboard and Mouse. Double Check.

"HURRY UP AND GET WORK FINISHED!". Loud and abrasive boss/taskamster. 


When it comes to using the computer keyboard for work the only thing you'd use it for is to type stuff up and into and the occasional trick where you plug out a fellow co-workers keyboard and watch them squirm. But, there are ways in which the keyboard can help you considerably in your day-to-day work.

This little blog entry will go over the Function and CTRL Keys.

A few terms I'll use include:

Active Window: Your current Window. Say you have a bunch of File Explorer Windows open - the active one is the one you last clicked on.

Window: File Explorer.

Program: Examples include Microsoft Word, Excel,  Internet Explorer, and Solitaire. 

Item: Examples include a folder, a shortcut, a file. 


See those keys labelled 'F1', 'F2', 'F3', and so on? They're known as function keys and and serve functions! What are these functions? Read on:

F1: Displays the Help file for the active Windows/ Program 

F2: Rename the selected item

F3: Opens the Search utility.

F4: In the File Explorer Window it opens the Address Bar List

F5: Refreshes current Window

F6: Goes through elements of current Window

F10: Open the Menu of the Active Window

F11: Enables Full Screen Mode for current Window/ Program


All by itself the CTRL key is useless (unless you're playing a game that uses it to let you crouch), just like cordial; but when combined with other keys it becomes usable!

CTRL + C: Copy selected item.

CTRL + V: Paste the previously copied item.

CTRL + X: Cut the selected item.

CTRL + Z: Undo previous action.

CTRL + Y: Redo previous action.

CTRL + W: Close Active Window.

CTRL + SHIFT + N: Create New Folder.

CTRL + N: Create new Window in File Explorer.

Next blog will be covering the ALT and SHIFT Key Shortcuts.