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10 Keyboard shortcuts that will change your life

By Fiona Ness on Mon 20 October 2014 in Topical

If you’re anything like me you probably spend the majority of your time in front of a computer, be that at home or at work. If you also consider yourself to be a busy person, then this article is definitely for you.

We’ve pulled together a list of our top 10 Windows and web browser shortcuts that will help you work faster not harder.

Top 5 keyboard shortcuts for windows users:

1. Ctrl + S
Lets you save the document you’re working on without going to file > save
2. Windows key + M
If you work on multiple windows and find you are spending endless time minimising these to get back to your desktop – this shortcut is the one for you. Simply minimise everything and get back to your desktop at the click of a keyboard.
3. Shift + arrows
Highlighting text and accidentally copying the space at the end can be very frustrating – using shift + arrow will make your highlighting far more accurate.
4. Alt + tab
This is another great one for people that open a lot of windows. Just use Alt + Tab to easily navigate through your windows – particularly great for presentations.
5. Ctrl + Z
Ever had that horrific moment when you delete something really important? Well that’s what you need Ctrl + Z for. This will undo your last action, whether you deleted a small amount of text in a document or an entire set of files on your network.

Top 5 keyboard shortcuts that work in any web browser:

1. Ctrl + D
I’m a bit of a bookmark fiend, but actually find it really hard to remember how to bookmark in different web browsers, which is why I love Ctrl + D, whether I’m using IE, Chrome or Firefox it will bring up my bookmark window.
2. Ctrl + Tab
I’ll admit, this one isn’t revolutionary, but it does make moving through open tabs much easier.
3. Ctrl + Shift + T
You’ve just closed a tab you were using, it was actually really important but you can’t quite remember how you go to the specific web page, just use Ctrl + Shift + T and you can reopen the last closed tab.
4. Ctrl + T
Quite simply Ctrl + T will let you quickly open a new tab in your web browser.
5. F5
Refreshes the contents of your page – if it’s loading slowly or not refreshing properly F5 is the key you want to press

Whilst we love a good keyboard shortcut, there’s only so much time they will save.