If you want to work faster on the computer, you save a lot of time with so-called shortcuts. Hidden or complicated commands can be carried out in seconds. We introduce the most important keyboard shortcuts for Windows.
Anyone who has ever watched professionals work on the PC will be amazed at the speed with which they control programs, windows, and processes. In most cases, however, there is no exceptionally good mouse behind it, but numerous keyboard shortcuts. These are simply faster than any cursor on the display.
We have listed the most important keyboard shortcuts for Windows that can help you speed up your day-to-day computer life. If you’re using an Apple laptop, here’s a list of selected shortcuts for Macs: The most important keyboard shortcuts for Apple users.
Most important keyboard shortcuts in the browser
All keyboard shortcuts work equally in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. They make everyday work easier by combining multiple clicks with the mouse in one shortcut.
- CTRL + T: open new tab
- CTRL + D: Save page as bookmarks
- CTRL + W: Close tab
- CTRL + R or F5: Reload website
- CTRL + L: jump with cursor to the address bar
- CTRL + + (Plus): Zoom zoom
- CTRL + – (minus): Zoom out
- CTRL + 0 (zero): Reset zoom
- F11: Enable full-screen mode
Keyboard shortcuts for editing documents in Windows Microsoft
For example, these shortcuts work in Microsoft Word. But the keyboard shortcuts are also applicable to PDF documents and many other functions.
- CTRL + Z: Undo action
- CTRL + P: Print
- CTRL + S: Save document
- CTRL + A: mark everything
- CTRL + F: search
- General Windows keyboard shortcuts
- CTRL + C: Copy selected content
- CTRL + X: Cut selected content
- Windows + Tab: Jump between windows
- Windows + L: locks the screen
- CTRL + Alt + Delete: Opens an emergency menu (especially handy when the PC is hanging)
- Windows + D: View Desktop
- Windows + Down Arrow: Minimize Window
- Alt + F4: closes the program
- CTRL + V: Insert selected content (these must be selected first, for example, with Str + C)
- Windows + E: Open Explorer or File Manager
- Windows + Shift + S: Screenshot
This list contains only a selection of our editors. However, the number of keyboard shortcuts is almost infinite. Microsoft has listed many combinations on a support page. Depending on how you use your laptop in everyday life, you’ll need other shortcuts.
More tricks to make Windows even more comfortable
Often it is not the hardware at all, but the Operating System Windows itself, that slows down the computer. If your computer is paralyzing again, you should definitely target the startup programs. These often run unnecessarily in the background and thus consume resources. You can also customize the look to your liking, such as removing the tile look or using the secret Start menu. If you’re planning a new purchase anyway, We give tips on how to move Windows to a new device.