Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts & Their Functions ( For PCs & Apple)

There are many advantages in using shortcuts when you are working with your computer or personal laptop. Some the advantages include that it can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. So, what if i were to share with you the top 10 Keyboard shortcuts and also give you their functions? Would you not appreciate that? That is what we are going to do here for you right away.

For starters, shortcut increases your speed. Once you speed is increased, it automatically leads to increase productivity. Who doesn’t want to get more things done in less time? I believe we all do want to. So, rather than highlighting a line of words, going to file on your MS Word and clicking on “copy”, you could easily highlight and use CTRL + B to do that.

Let’s not waste your time and show you what you can use to increase speed and productivity.

Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts & Their Functions

Below are the Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts you must know.

1. Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y

These shortcuts helps you to redo and undo actions. Pressing Ctrl+Z will undo any change. Pressing Ctrl+Y would redo the undo. These shortcuts can also be pressed multiple times to undo or redo multiple changes.  On Apple computers, use Cmd+Z and Cmd+Y to undo and redo.

2. Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert and Ctrl+X

Both Ctrl+C and Ctrl+Insert will copy highlighted text or a selected item. However, if you want to cut an item instead of copying it, press Ctrl+X. This action removes the text or item and stores it in the clipboard for you, rather than just copying it to the clipboard while leaving the original behind. Apple computer users can substitute the Ctrl key for the command (cmd) key on their computers. For example, pressing Cmd+C copies highlighted text.

3. Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert

Both the Ctrl+V and Shift+Insert will paste the text or object that’s stored in the clipboard. On Apple computers, use Cmd+V instead.

4. Ctrl+F

This shortcut is used when you are looking for something on the computer. Ctrl+F opens the Find field, which allows you to search the text currently displayed in any program that supports it. Press Ctrl+F now to open the Find in your browser and search for “shortcut” to display each time shortcut is mentioned on this page. On Apple computers, use Cmd+F to find.

Also See: All Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys & Their Functions

5. Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Tab

Pressing Alt+Tab switches between open programs moving forward. For example, if you have your browser window open and other programs running in the background press and hold Alt and then press the Tab key to cycle through each open program. On Apple computers instead of using the Alt key use the Command (Cmd) key. For example, Cmd+Tab to switch between open programs.

6. Ctrl+Backspace and Ctrl+Left or Right arrow

Note: The following shortcuts are for PC users only and do not work on Apple computers.

Ctrl+Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character. Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. If you want to highlight one word at a time, hold down Ctrl+Shift, then press the left or right arrow key. Your highlighted selection will move one word at a time in that direction.

7. Ctrl+S

While working on a document or another file in almost every program, pressing Ctrl+S saves that file. Use this shortcut key frequently if you’re working on anything important in case an error happens, you lose power, or any other issues that could cause you to any work since the last save. On Apple computers, use Cmd+S to save a file.

8. Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End

Ctrl+Home will move the cursor to the beginning of the document, and Ctrl+End will move the cursor to the end of a document. These shortcuts work with most documents, as well as web pages. On Apple computers use Command and the Cmd and the up arrow to get to the beginning of a document or text or Cmd and the down arrow to get to the end of a document or text.

Also See: 50 Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys And Functions

9. Ctrl+P

Control+P is used to open a print preview of the page or document currently being viewed. For example, press Ctrl+P now to view a print preview of this page. On Apple computers use Cmd+P to open the print preview.

10. Page Up, Spacebar, and Page Down

As you may have guessed, pressing either the page up or page down key will move to the next or previous page. When browsing the Internet, pressing the spacebar moves the scrollbar down a page. Similarly, Shift+spacebar moves the scrollbar up one page.


There are many more Keyboard shortcuts we can make use of. But we believe these are the Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts. What is your view? Share with us below.

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