There are many people who are used to navigate through the desktop using mouse, frequently using the functions of the left and right clicks for performing basic operations in a document, file or while navigation itself. The basic operations include cut, copy, paste etc. Why use mouse when you can easily use the keyboard to execute the operations faster. Using the keyboard is more accurate as well and is quite easy once you get used to it.
Using hotkeys in Windows operating system is quite advantageous. Hotkeys allow the users to access programs, execute functions etc. Certain multimedia keyboards have a few extra keys that can open media players, mute the system sound and adjusting system volume etc. These are all hotkeys. Hotkeys shouldn’t be categorized as just shortcut keys.
Just imagine what you would do without a mouse. The situation isn’t miserable when you can use hotkeys in your keyboard to get the job done. Using Hotkeys can save a lot of time. Follow the steps to know what all hotkeys can do.
In any Word processor or Text editor application:
- To copy a text in the document, press Ctrl and C in the keyboard (CTRL + C)
- If you want to cut the text instead, just press Ctrl and X in the keyboard (CTRL + X)
- After cutting or copying the text, in order to paste the document somewhere in the word processing/Text editor open document window, press Ctrl and V (CTRL + V)
- To make the text bold, press Ctrl and B (CTRL + B)
- To make the text italic, press Ctrl and I (CTRL + I)
- To underline the text, press Ctrl and U (CTRL + U)
- To undo the last action in the document, press Ctrl and Z (CTRL + Z)
Desktop hotkeys that can come in handy
- Open the Start menu by pressing Ctrl and Esc (CTRL + Esc)
- Rectify doubts and as questions in the Windows help and support by opening Windows Help, just by hitting the F1 key in the desktop.
- Switch between the applications and programs opened by pressing and holding the Alt key and hitting Tab key for switching (ALT + Tab)
- To close any open program, select it with the Alt +Tab hotkey and then press Alt and F4 keys (ALT + F4)
Using hotkeys in folders
- Select a file you want to delete and press Shift and Delete to delete the highlighted file permanently without moving it to the recycle bin (Shift + Delete)
- To see the shortcut menu of the highlighted file or folder, instead of right click, press Shift and F10 (Shift + F10)
- Press F2 when a file is highlighted to rename it
- To search for files in the folder, hit F3
- To go to a different folder from the folder opened in front of you, press F4
Using hotkeys in a program
- To open Menu bar of the program, press F10
- To open the system menu, press Alt and Space bar (ALT + Space bar) which can also be used to minimize, maximize, restore and move the open window, using arrow keys for selection
- When handling multiple Windows, press Ctrl and Tab to navigate to the next window (CTRL + Tab)
- The CTRL + Tab hotkey can also be used to move to the next tab in Internet Explorer
- To activate an underlined menu item, press Alt and the underlined letter, for example ALT + F for opening File menu and ALT + E for Edit menu.
Basic windows hotkeys
- Press Windows logo button and R for accessing the Run command (WINDOWS button+ R)
- To search for files and folders, press the Windows logo button and F (WINDOWS button + F)
- To minimize all open windows, press the Windows button and M or D (WINDOWS button + M (or D instead of M))
- Hit Tab while holding the Windows button to select the next button in the Taskbar (WINDOWS button + Tab (hit))
- Press Windows button and L to switch the Windows account (WINDOWS button + L)