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Windows PC Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Memorize

Most PC users would know what Ctrl+C or Ctrl+V but there’s actually way more shortcuts you might actually come in handy sometime. Here’s a whole bunch of them and do let us know which ones and how many you actually memorize and use.

Esc – Cancel current task
Ctrl + A – Select All
Ctrl + C – Copy
Ctrl + X – Cut
Ctrl + W – Close tab
Ctrl + Z or Alt + Backspace – Undo last operation
Ctrl + Y or Shift + Alt + Backspace – Redo last operation
Ctrl + Right Arrow – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left Arrow – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Up Arrow – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Down Arrow – Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + F4 – Close active documents in the program
Ctrl + F5 – Force refesh
Ctrl + Esc – Display the Start Menu
Ctrl + Tab – Go to the next tab
Ctrl + Shift + N – Open private window (browser), creates a new folder (Windows Explorer)
Ctrl + Shift + T – Open previously closed tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab – Opens previous tab
F2 – Rename file or selected item
F3 – Search file or folder
F5 – Update active window or refresh
F6 – Cycle thru screen elements in a window or desktop or go to address bar (when in browser)
F10 – Activate the Menu bar
Alt + Enter – View properties of selected item
Alt + F4 – Quit active window/program
Alt + Space Bar – Open the shortcut menu for the active window
Alt + Tab – Switch between open windows/items/programs
Alt + Esc – Cycle thru the items according to the order they’ve been opened
Shift + Delete – Delete the file permanently, skip the Recycle Bin
Windows Key + L – Lock desktop
Windows M or Windows D – Minimize all windows

So which ones do you commonly use and how many from the above you knew about?

If you also use a Windows shortcut we missed above, do let us know in the comments section.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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16 Responses

  1. iBullit says:

    Windows key + R = open “Run” command

  2. evollove says:

    As a frequent command prompt user (cmd) for miscellaneous old school executions that can’t be done in the Windows UI, I use Windows Key + R to bring up the Run window.

  3. lol says:


    These are the only important keyboard shortcuts that you’ll need. IYKWIM

  4. Psi says:

    Alt+Space+C easy close window

  5. Easy E says:

    Yung iba sa list ay browser specific.
    Anyway, i use windows-E to start a new windows explorer window.

  6. Jerry Liao says:

    What about Windows Key + Tab?

  7. d4ryl3 says:

    CTRL+W,Close tab/current document/current window.
    CTRL+Q = ALT+F4, I remapped this using AutoHotkey.
    CTRL+Shift+Esc, Task Manager
    CTRL+Shift+Arrow keys, to highlight whole words because programming

  8. ewanlangha says:

    may nalulunod na nerd sa ilog
    Sigaw niya “..F1!..F1!”

    wla sa list yan ah

  9. omar1234ph says:

    walang kamatayang ctrl+alt+delete

  10. edong says:

    ctrl + shift + esc -> windows task manager

  11. Easy E says:

    OSX naman. *kruuk* *kruuk*
    Anong kb shortcut ang common sa Windows at OSX?

  12. Karl says:

    Mac shortcuts, please!

  13. zjhey says:

    Ctrl + Shift + T = Restore tab

  14. denise says:


    para sa mga nagwowork sa call centers.. :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Windows + E = My Computer

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