KEYBOARD FUNCTIONS




Issac put on his formal attire and ran to get his car out of the garage, it was 9:30 and he hoped that there wouldn’t be any traffic on the road. He turned on the ignition and pressed the accelerator and off he was! The interview went nicely and they told him he could join work in 2 weeks…Issac had never been happier, he had got his dream job and salary, now the only thing lurking in his mind was how he could improve his keyboard skills and master all the shortcut symbols. He went home, called his mother up with the good news and then got himself a cup of coffee and some cookies and placed the laptop on the table, ready to begin his computer keyboard lessons!

Knowing the computer keyboard hotkeys does simplify your life. So now I think we should begin with the lessons.

Computer Keyboard Symbols and Shortcuts

Functions Related to Files
Ctrl + S = To save a file
Ctrl + N = To create a new document
Ctrl + O = To open an existing file
Ctrl + P = To print a file or folder
Ctrl + W = To close an open file or folder

Functions Related to Paragraph Alignment
Ctrl + J = To justify a paragraph
Ctrl + L = To left align a paragraph
Ctrl + R = To right align a paragraph
Ctrl + E = To center align a paragraph

Functions Related to Line Spacing
Ctrl + 1 = For single line spacing
Ctrl + 2 = For double line spacing
Ctrl + 5 = For 1 ½ line spacing
Functions Related to Font Styles (when text is selected)
Ctrl + B = For bold
Ctrl + I = For Italic
Ctrl + U = To underline
Functions Related to Page Scrolling
Ctrl + Home = To reach the top of the document
Ctrl + End = To reach the bottom of the document
Ctrl + Page Up = To reach the top of the page
Ctrl + Page Down = To reach the bottom of the page

Functions Related to Editing
Ctrl + A = To select all
Ctrl + X = To cut
Ctrl + C = To copy
Ctrl + V = To paste
Ctrl + F = To find
Ctrl + H = To find and release
Ctrl + Z = To undo
Ctrl + Y = To redo
Functions Using The Alt Key
Alt + 0176 = Degrees
Alt + 0162 = For the symbol ¢
Alt + 0188 = For the fraction ¼
Alt + 0189 = For the fraction ½
Alt + 0190 = For the fraction ¾
Alt + 0163 = For the symbol £
Alt + 0169 = For the symbol ©
Alt + 0174 = For the symbol ®
Alt + 0165 = For the symbol ¥
Alt + 0177 = For the symbol ±
Alt + 0247 = For the symbol ÷
Alt + 0166 = For the symbol
Alt + 0149 = For the symbol •
Alt + 0134 = For the symbol †
Alt + 0227 = For the symbol ã
Alt + 0151 = For the symbol —
Alt + 0150 = For the symbol –
More PC Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows Key + E = Opens window explorer
Windows Key + F = Finds files and folders
Windows Key + R = The Run command is brought up
Window Key + Pause/Break = Will take you to the systems profile
Windows Key + D = Helps you toggle between the desktop and the other thing you are working on
F1 = For help
F7 = To check the spelling
Shift + F7 = To go to the thesaurus
F12 = To save as….
Alt + F4 = To exit the program
Ctrl + Alt + Del = To break out of a lockup and open task manager


I hope that by now you are familiar with the computer keyboard keys on you personal computer. The knowledge listed here will also help you with your Mac computer. All you need to do is use the Command key instead of the Control key.

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