Keyboard Shortcuts a Non-computer Scientist must know

Shortcut keys going to assist you throughout your life.

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It might be possible that you are impressed by a computer scientist friend who uses keyboard shortcuts. Or, if you use the mouse, all the time, and operate the keyboard just for typing some passwords or numbers. Then this article is for you, just give it a full read, because you are going to learn keyboard shortcuts here. Note down them and place them on your desk, practice daily and you will learn with the passage of time.

Let’s divide keyboard shortcuts in three classes:
1. Basic shortcut keys
2. Shortcut keys for browser
3. Shortcut key for MS office

1. Basic shortcut keys
>Alt+ Tab:
If you have opened different software in your laptop or computer and want to switch between programs press Alt then press the Tab key it will show you a screen with all the opened programs. Continuously press the tab key and leave it on the program you are seeking to open.
In short, this key combination is used to switch programs.
>Window+ D:
You can do multitask by using this shortcut. If you are wishing to jump to the desktop screen in no time while you have opened many programs then press Window+ D. It will minimize all the opened windows and take you to the desktop screen directly. If you press it again it will open the previously opened program again.
Used to go to the desktop from any working software.
>Alt+ f4:
You must probably use, red cross in the upper red corner of any program, to close it but no more. Press Alt+f4 keys and your program will be closed quickly.
These are used to close a program.
>Alt+ f4+ Enter:
This key gained fame, back in lockdown days, among students when they were taking online classes. You have heard about it once at that time.
If I’d say you to power off your computer you’d do it by using the mouse and click on the Windows icon in the bottom left corner. You can perform this task by pressing Alt+f4+Enetr and your Pc will turn off.
Used to switch off the system.
>Ctrl+ Z:
If you deleted an important file recently and going to recycle bin for searching that. Try pressing Ctrl+ Z your file will restore. This is known as undo feature
Used to reverse the last command executed.
>Ctrl + Y:
If you deleted a file and restored the wrong one from the Recycle bin. Delete it again by using Ctrl+ Y. It is called redo feature.
Use to redo an undone action.
>Shift+ Navigation/Arrows keys:
There is no need to select some portion of your text to copy, bold, etc. any longer. Press the shift key continuously and pick the desired part of your text by operating navigation keys to left, right, above, below.
Use to select the desired portion of your text.
>Ctrl+ C:
After selecting the desired portion of your text or any file, to copy it press Ctrl+ C.
Use to copy something
>Ctrl+ V:
The copied file is pasted anywhere by using these keys collectively.
Used to paste.
>Ctrl+ Alt+ delete:
If you are using your PC and some program is hung and you are unable to close it. Don’t panic press Ctrl then Alt then Delete. It will help.
Used to close a hanging program or software.

2. Shortcut keys for browsers
These shortcuts are useful while doing work on any browser like Chrome, Firefox, etc.
>Ctrl+ T:
While working on any browser, if you have to open a new window press Ctrl and T at a time rather then clicking on the + sign. Feel smart.
Used to open a new window.
>Ctrl+ H:
If someday you log into your Facebook account on your friend’s laptop due to some reasons and know want to delete all your history. Press Ctrl+H to open the history directly and delete it within no time.
Used to open history.
>Ctrl+ H+ Shift:
The history you opened above can be deleted directly by using these buttons.
Used to delete the history.
>Ctrl+ Shift+ N:
If you don’t dare to login into any social media account in an ordinary tab on your friend’s computer. Press Ctrl+ Shift+ N to open the Incognito tab directly. Don’t forget to close it before handing in his/ her laptop.
Use to open incognito tab.
>Ctrl+ J:
If you wish to know that what’s downloaded in your browser there is no need to panic and waste time in searching jut press Ctrl+ J it will open the download menu of any browser.
Use to open download menu.
>Ctrl + D:
You always see a star icon on the last of your search bar in any browser from where you can save your liked web age. But there you can do it by using your keyboard. Press Ctrl +D at a time and save or bookmark your favorite web pages. Use to bookmark web pages.
>Ctrl+ Shift + T:
When you’re closing tabs quickly and closed an important tab you didn’t want to close use of these keys combination is important at that time. The recently closed tab will open by pressing Ctrl+ Shift+ T. Use to open an accidentally closed tab.

3. Shortcut keys for MS office
>Ctrl+ S:

To save a file on which you are working rather than going to file and scroll down and searching for this option.
Use to save a file.
>Ctrl+ N:
If you are working on a file and there’s a need to open a new document file press Ctrl and N, a new file will open in addition to the existing file. Use to open new file.

Let’s talk about two keys that are “delete” and “backspace” keys on your keyboard. Many people think that they are the same but there is a huge difference between them. Delete key is used to delete text from the right of the cursor and the backspace key deletes to the left.

Summary:
Basic shortcut keys:
>Alt+ Tab:
In short, these keys are used to switch programs.
>Window+ D:
Used to go to desktop from any working software.
>Alt+ f4:
This key combination is used to close a program.
>Alt+ f4+ Enter: Used to switch off the system.
>Ctrl+ Z:
This Used to reverse the last command executed.
>Ctrl +Y:
Use to redo an undone action.
>Shift+ Navigation/Arrows keys:
Use to select the desired portion of your text.
>Ctrl+ C:
Use to copy something.
>Ctrl+ V:
Use to paste.
>Ctrl+ Alt+ delete:
Use to close a hanging program or software.

Shortcut keys for browsers:
>Ctrl+ T:
Use to open a new window.
>Ctrl+ H:
Use to open history.
>Ctrl+ H+ Shift:
Use to delete the history.
>Ctrl+ Shift+ N:
Use to open an incognito tab.
>Ctrl+ J:
Use to open download menu.
>Ctrl + D:
Use to bookmark a webpage.
>Ctrl+ Shift + T:
Use to open the recently closed tab.

Shortcut keys for MS office:
>Ctrl+ S:
Use to save a document file.
>Ctrl+ N:
Use to Open new document file of MS office.

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