Best & Cool Computer Tips | Tricks & Keyboard Shortcuts

By | 08.10.2016

 Below is a list of some of the most commonly used basic shortcut keys and tips  that work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. It is highly recommended that all users keep a good reference of these shortcut keys or try to memorize them. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.



* Windows

#   To open Task Manager directly with one hand: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc. You’re welcome.

#   To minimize every open windows except yours: Shake your active window. Do the same to maximize all windows.


#   To freeze Task Manager: Hold Ctrl key. Useful for inspecting specific processes.

#   To capture the exact steps you take and document it nicely: Search psr to open Problem Steps Recorder. Try it  now .


#   To take a screenshot of the active window only: Press Alt + Print Screen.

#   To delete one word at a time: Press Ctrl + Backspace.

#   To open applications on the taskbar : Press Windows key + Sequence number of the application. Do the same to minimize/maximize it.

#  To paste text without formatting: Press Ctrl + Shift + V.

#  To rename a file: Press F2. Works for multiple file too, which will append “(1), (2), etc.” at the end.

#  Open your Calculator and select View. Calculate your mortgage payment, fuel economy, vehicle lease payment, and more.

* Basic PC shortcut keys

Shortcut Keys Description
Alt + F File menu options in current program.
Alt + E Edit options in current program
Alt + Tab Switch between open programs
F1 Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2 Rename a selected file
F5 Refresh the current program window
Ctrl + N Create a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl + O Open a file in current software program
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + B Change selected text to be Bold
Ctrl + I Change selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl + U Change selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl + F Open find window for current document or window.
Ctrl + S Save current document file.
Ctrl + X Cut selected item.
Shift + Del Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Ctrl + K Insert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl + P Print the current page or document.
Home Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home Goes to beginning of document.
End Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + Esc Opens the START menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Opens Windows Task Manager
Alt + F4 Close the currently active program
Alt + Enter Open the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)

* Wi-Fi

#   To boost your Wi-Fi signal : Download Virtual Router to turn your computer(s) into a Wi-Fi hotspot. It will extend the reach of your network.





#   To share your Wi-Fi access: Generate a QR code with the access details. Print the QR code and stick it on the wall.



* For Special Characters

There are many special characters that can be created using keyboard shortcuts. Below are some of the more common and popular special characters and the keyboard shortcuts to create them.

Shortcut Keys Special Character
Alt + 0224 à
Alt + 0232 è
Alt + 0236 ì
Alt + 0242 ò
Alt + 0241 ñ
Alt + 0228 ä
Alt + 0246 ö
Alt + 0252 ü
Alt + 0248 ø
Alt + 0223 ß
Alt + 0198 Æ
Alt + 0231 ç
Alt + 0191 ¿
Alt + 0176 °  (degree symbol)
Alt + 0177 ±  (plus/minus symbol)
Alt + 0153
Alt + 0169 ©
Alt + 0174 ®
Alt + 0128 €  (Euro currency)
Alt + 0162 ¢  (Cent symbol)
Alt + 0163 £  (British Pound currency)
Alt + 0165 ¥  (Japanese Yen currency)


* Google Chrome

#   To open Chrome’s built-in task manager: Press Shift + Esc. Extremely useful when Chrome freezes.





#   To remove specific suggestion: Select the suggestion, then press Shift + Delete. Go and delete your embarrassing searches now.

#   To drag multiple tabs to a new window: Press Ctrl + Click on tabs you want to move.

#  To scroll horizontally: Press Shift + Scroll.


* Any Browsers

#  To access your address bar directly: Press F6 or Ctrl + L.

#  To access blocked web page: Go to Google Translate, paste the URL, select source language as other language, select destination language as the web page’s language, click Translate. Free web proxy.





#   To close a tab: Middle click on it.

#   To view articles with slideshows or multiple pages: Press Print or Ctrl + P.

#   To open all web pages of a bookmark folder: Middle click on the folder.

#   To reset to the default Window size of your web page after zooming: Press Ctrl + 0.

#   To highlight text in a web page:  Click on the starting point, then press Shift + Click on the ending point. No more mouse dragging especially long text highlights.

#   To fit more bookmarks: Remove all text. Only the favicon is visible now.

#  You can undo send your mail in Gmail. Turn it on now just in case!


Undo send mail


#   When researching products, type [product name] vs to compare with their rival products.

* Wikipedia

#   Wikipedia Nearby: Pulls up articles based on your location. Extremely handy when travelling.




#    Wikipedia Random: Read random articles. Now, change your start-up page from Facebook to this.

* YouTube

#   To pause a video: Press K.

#   To skip 10 seconds back and forward: Press J and L respectively.

#    To search videos from a specific user only: Type @ before you search.

#   To save your time watching videos: Press > and < to speed up and slow down the video respectively.

#   To view all keyboard shortcuts: Press ?.



* Microsoft Office

#   To use mouse as laser pointer in PowerPoint: hold Ctrl + Left click. Mouse cursors are too mainstream. Stay cool with laser.

#   To open your PowerPoint file in presentation mode directly: Right click on the file, then select Show.





#   To shrink an Excel file size: save it as .xslb.

* More…

VLC Media Player have some little-known keyboard shortcuts that are really useful:

#  To fix out-of-sync audio: Press J and K to move the audio back and forward respectively.

#   To save your time watching videos: Press ] and [ to speed up and slow down the video respectively, by 0.1x. For example, you can save about 14 minutes if you watch a 2.5 hours movie 0.1x faster, without any noticeable difference.

#   To get discounts when online shopping: Leave after you reach the checkout page. Most online stores will follow-up within 1 – 3 days by offering you coupons via email. Shopping cart abandonment is a big headache to retailers and most retailers have configured their email systems to send out discount emails automatically.

#   To install Java without annoying 3rd party sponsor offers: Disable them by following these steps.


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