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March 24, 2021

Keyboard Shortcuts

Wading through Windows 10 menus and settings can be time consuming.  Here is a list of a few helpful keyboard combinations that will get you where you’re going much faster.

Ctrl+C   Copy.  You can select (highlight) any text on your screen and then hold down the Ctrl key and press the letter C.  This will copy the selected text into the computers memory so you can paste it elsewhere.

Ctrl+V  Paste.  By going to where you want to paste the text you just copied and holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the P, the text will be pasted to the new location.

Ctrl+X   Cut.  Unlike Ctrl+C which copies the text, Ctrl+X will cut the text from its current location.  You can still use Ctrl+V to paste it elsewhere.

Ctrl+Z   Undo.This key combination will undo what you did last.  For instance, if you deleted a bunch of text then realized you didn’t want to, this will undo the deletion, possibly one character at a time.  Performing this key combination repeatedly will continue to undo.  If we only had this option in real life!

Ctrl+Y   Undo the Undo.  If you decide you really didn’t want to undo your last action, this will restore what you undid.  Trying it may be less confusing than trying to explain it!

Windows+M   Minimize all open windows.  The Windows key is the one that has the image of four squares – the symbol for Microsoft Windows. This combination will minimize everything that you have open on your desktop.

Windows+Shift+M Restore minimized windows.  This three-key combination will restore all the minimized windows to  open.

There are many more of these key combinations available.  These are the ones that I use the most.  If you’re interested in learning more, there are lists of shortcuts online that you can look through.
Have a great week!

Kathie Pearce
ComputerFAQ #47


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