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The Most Important Windows Shortcuts

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I’m sure there’s at least one person out there who doesn’t know this stuff.

You’re probably thinking right now, “Windows shortcuts? Everyone knows those!” True, everyone who makes regular use of a computer. But there are a lot of folks out there who, for one reason or another, have only just got on board the computer wagon for the first time. If you happen to be one of those people, then congratulations, welcome to the internet! Lurk for three months before posting to any forums.

Until then, now is a great time to familiarize your bad self with your keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts drastically reduce the amount of clicking, dragging, and typing you have to do on a regular basis, which saves time for fun things like Netflix. Here are the commands you’ll definitely want to memorize.

  • Ctrl+C: Copy any piece of highlighted text. Also works with images!
  • Ctrl+X: Cut a highlighted piece of text out.
  • Ctrl+V: Paste a piece of copied or cut text somewhere else.
  • Alt+Tab: Quickly switch between open program windows. Handy if you’re goofing off at work.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del: Open the task manager. Use this to close any frozen programs.
  • Alt+F4: Close the current window. You won’t need this much, but people are always tricking others into pressing it.
  • Ctrl+F: Opens the Find bar. Type a word into it, and you can find every instance of that word on a web page.
  • Ctrl+Mouse Wheel: Scroll your mouse wheel while holding control to zoom in and out of a window.