Are you using the shortcuts on your computer keyboard?

Ok, let’s start from the beginning.

You know what a keyboard is, I hope. There’s one above. It’s like mine.

At the bottom left-hand corner, you can see the key ctrl. That’s the Control key. It’s a ‘modifier’ key that, when pressed in conjunction with another key, performs a certain action. It rarely performs any function when pressed just on its own.

This ‘tutorial’ is about a Microsoft computer keyboard, but similar rules apply to Apple computers.

List of Control Key Shortcuts

Each of the following works by pressing the Ctrl key and, while holding it down, pressing the other key or keys as shown:

Ctrl+A These two keys will select all text or other objects in your document.

Ctrl+B Embolden the text you highlight.

Ctrl+C Copy any selected text or other object.

Ctrl+D Bookmark an open web page or open font window in Microsoft Word.

Ctrl+E Centre the text or picture in your document.

Ctrl+F Open the ‘find’ window.

Ctrl+G Open Find in a browser and word processors.

Ctrl+H Open the Find and Replace in Notepad, Microsoft Word, and WordPad

Ctrl+I Italicize text.

Ctrl+J View downloads in browsers and set justify alignment in Microsoft Word.

Ctrl+K Create a hyperlink (or edit an existing one) for the highlighted text in Microsoft Word and many HTML editors.

Ctrl+L Select address bar in a browser or left align text in a word processor.

Ctrl+M Indent selected text in word processors and other programs.

Ctrl+N Create a new page or document.

Ctrl+O Open a file in most programs.

Ctrl+P Open a print window to print the page you are viewing.

Ctrl+R Reload page in a browser or right-align text in a word processor.

Ctrl+S Save the document or file.

Ctrl+T Create a new tab in an Internet browser or adjust tabs in word processors.

Ctrl+U Underline selected text.

Ctrl+V Paste any text or another object that was last copied.

Ctrl+W Close open tab in a browser or close a document in Word.

Ctrl+X Cut selected text or another object that has been highlighted.

Ctrl+Y These keys will redo any undo action.

Ctrl+End Moves cursor to the end of a document instead of the end of the line.

Ctrl+Z Pressing these two keys will undo the last action.

Ctrl+Esc Open the Windows Start Menu.

Ctrl+Tab Switch between open tabs in browsers or other tabbed programs.

Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Tab Will go backwards (right to left).

Ctrl+⇧ Shift+Z Redo

Ctrl+[ Decrease font size

Ctrl+] Increase font size

Ctrl+= Toggle font subscript

Ctrl+⇧ Shift+= Toggle font superscript

And perhaps the most useful ones of all:

Ctrl+⇧ Shift+C Copies the format and colour of text you have highlighted.

Ctrl+⇧ Shift+V Pastes (replicates) the format. and colour of text you have highlighted, as above.


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