How important are keyboard shortcuts? Can’t you use a mouse for everything? Shortcuts are called that for a reason — they save time. & since most people appear unaware of most of the best time-saving shortcuts on the PC, I’ve rounded up the best ones for you today.
Ctrl+F for Find
Let’s start with of the most useful keyboard shortcuts of all: Ctrl+F. A quantity of you out there's now rolling your eyes, but you shouldn’t be — a Google worker has knowledge showing 90 percent of people never use the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut.
Press Ctrl+F in very any application — your Web browser, for example — & you can start typing to find text in the page or document. Yes, most people appear to basically skim webpages to find what they’re looking for as they would on a paper document, than using the far more efficient search.
Ctrl-F is for over browsers, though. I’ve even seen it work in applications that don’t expose a “Find” option in their menus — it’s like a secret keyboard shortcut that can get you straight to an application’s search function, whether it appears to have. (Mac users use the Command key in lieu of the Ctrl key.
Basic Navigation
 Alt+Tab ought to be a much known keyboard shortcut by now, but did you know that you can use Ctrl+Tab to cycle between open tabs in your browser? Ctrl+Shift+Tab cycles in reverse. This is fundamentally an Alt+Tab for Web browsers or other applications with tab-based interfaces.
Speaking of browser tabs, you can press Ctrl+T to quickly open a brand spanking new — this focuses the address bar, so you can immediately start typing a search or web address. To focus the address bar on your current tab, press Ctrl+L. To close the current tab, press Ctrl+W. (Mac users use Command in lieu of Ctrl for most of these shortcuts, although Ctrl+Tab is the same on a Mac.
Copy, Cut, and Paste Text
 Don’t forget that Ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+X for Cut, & Ctrl+V for Paste are critical shortcuts for working with selected text. It’s much faster to select some text along with your mouse, press Ctrl+X, click somewhere in a document, & then press Ctrl+V than it is to click the Cut & Paste menus along with your mouse.
These are also thought about basic keyboard shortcuts, but I’ve seen people use Microsoft Office entirely with the mouse, using the keyboard only to type words & reaching for the mouse whenever they desired to copy or paste text. That takes longer.
Plenty of useful keyboard shortcuts make it simpler to work with text — another is Ctrl+Z, which is “undo.” It undoes the last change, allowing you to quickly revert a change without reaching for the mouse.
Quickly Move Between Words
 The arrow keys let you move the cursor around a field of text — that’s Desktop Computing 101. But did you know that the Ctrl key can speed this up dramatically? For example, you can hold Ctrl and tap the left arrow one time to go to the beginning of the earlier word. Tap it multiple times to quickly move back from word to word, or tap the forward key to go to the next word.
This enables you to move your cursor much more quickly, so you don’t need to hold down the arrow key, wait for the cursor to scroll through all the digits, and try to release it at the correct time. Ctrl works similarly with the Up and Down arrow keys, quickly moving your cursor from paragraph to paragraph.
Select Text
 Hold the Shift key while using other arrow keys to pick text. For example, you can hold Shift & press the left arrow times to pick the earlier characters. Or, you can press Shift+Ctrl+Left to quickly select the earlier word, tapping the left arrow to pick more words. This also works with the up & down arrow keys, allowing you to pick multiple lines quickly.
One time you have text selected, you can copy or cut it with the keyboard shortcuts above. With these shortcuts, you can write & edit a document or e mail directly from your keyboard, keeping your hands on your keyboard for maximum typing speed — no need to move a hand over to the mouse. &, while we’re at it, Ctrl+A will select all the text in the current document or text field.
This isn’t a complete list — far from it. In the event you need to do something, there’s a nice chance the program you use includes a keyboard shortcut for doing it. Look up the keyboard shortcuts that will benefit you most so you can save time & get things completed faster.

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