The use of desktop computers and laptops is greatly simplified by certain, easy-to-learn key combinations, i.e. by pressing two keys on the keyboard at the same time. The very important keyboard shortcuts recommended here, also called “shortcuts”, work for all Windows versions. They replace several mouse clicks in a row and can thus save time.
Windows keyboard shortcuts
The first three shortcuts require the Windows key marked with the Windows logo, which is located at the very bottom far left on the keyboard and is abbreviated here with ” WT “.
Windows desktop: WT + D
This key combination shows the Windows start window. Pressing this shortcut a second time takes you back to the previous screen so that the data there is not lost. (Reminder: D = desktop)
Windows Explorer: WT + E
The existing Windows elements are shown, especially the installed programs, folders, files, hard drives and removable media.
(Reminder: E = Explorer)
Windows help: WT + F1
By pressing the Windows key together with the function key F1 (top left) you can get quick help after typing in search terms or clicking on info texts. Using only the F1 key in the Office programs has the same effect.
(Reminder: F1 = function 1)
All other key combinations use the Ctrl key at the bottom left of the keyboard.
Office keyboard shortcuts
Reset: Ctrl + Z
This keyboard shortcut undoes unwanted changes in Office programs.
(Reminder: Z = back)
Restore: Ctrl + Y
Undoed actions in Office programs can be restored in this way.
Office and Internet keyboard shortcuts
Mark all: Ctrl + A
On websites and in Office documents, especially in Word texts, this shortcut marks the entire content.
(Reminder: A = everything)
Searching and Finding: Ctrl + F
You can research Office documents or currently loaded websites by typing search terms in the window that opens.
(Reminder: F = find)
Print file: Ctrl + P
Documents in Office programs and websites are quickly printed out using this abbreviation.
(Reminder: P = Print = Print)
Save: Ctrl + S
Text documents, files and websites can be saved quickly with this shortcut.
(Reminder: S = save)
Beginning of file: Ctrl + Pos 1
The special key “Pos 1” is located in the upper right corner of the keyboard (and often in the upper left corner of the numeric keypad). With this keyboard shortcut, the cursor jumps to the very beginning of a accessed website or an Office file. If you only press the “Pos 1” key, the mouse goes to the beginning of the current line for most text entries, including in browsers and search engines. (Reminder: Pos 1 = Position 1 = start)
End of file: Ctrl + End
The special key “End” is located a little below the “Pos 1” key. With the key combination “Ctrl + End” the mouse jumps to the very end of a web page or Office file that has been called up. If you just press the “End” key, the mouse goes to the very end of the current line when entering text.
Internet keyboard shortcuts
The following two recommendations are particularly important for silver surfers with visual problems, as they enlarge or reduce the display on the screen.
Enlarge: Ctrl + “+”
The “+” key is (together with the asterisk) in the upper right corner of the keyboard.
Each time you press this shortcut, the text and images on web pages are enlarged by one step and reformatted without exceeding the edges of the screen.
Reduce: Ctrl + “-“
The “-“ key, which is placed far down on the right of the keyboard, has the opposite effect, because each time you press this shortcut, the text and images of websites are reduced by one step.
Special keyboard shortcuts
Monkey Grip: Ctrl + Alt + Del
This keyboard shortcut is the last resort for many major computer problems. The “Alt” key is located at the bottom of the keypad, directly to the left of the wide space bar. (Reminder: Alt = alternative) The “Del” key is usually at the bottom right (and sometimes at the top right) on the keyboard. (Reminder: Del = remove) The very important key combination “Ctrl + Alt + Del”, known as “monkey grip”, which can only be reached with both hands, closes programs that are no longer responding or restarts crashed computers.