In the early days of the electronic revolution, computer literacy was considered an added advantage in the workplace. However, in today’s increasingly digital world, it is taken for granted. Everyone is expected to have basic computer skills. You don’t have to be a techie to be able to perform basic tasks on a computer. And knowing the right keyboard shortcuts could even make your work easier and faster.

Here are 15 keyboard shortcuts that you are likely to use on a frequent basis. Please note that these shortcuts are for computers using the Windows operating system.

1. Ctrl + A

Use this when you need to select the entire text in a document or all the items in a folder. In short, its function is to “select all”.




2. Ctrl + C

Instead of right-clicking on selected item(s) or portion of text and choosing “copy” from the list of options, you can simply get the job done by pressing the Ctrl key and letter C simultaneously. Use this when you want an item in another location while retaining it in the original location.

3. Ctrl + X

This is used to cut selected item(s) or portion of text. This moves the affected item(s) to a new location without retaining a copy in the original location. Use it carefully as you might lose information if the process is unduly interrupted.

4. Ctrl + V

With this shortcut, you can easily paste items which you have copied or cut.

5. Alt + Tab

Press Alt and Tab simultaneously to display all the windows that are open on your computer. To move between windows, continue to press tab while keeping the Alt key depressed until you locate the window that you would like to work on.

6. F5

The F5 key comes in handy when you need to refresh a web page.

7. Ctrl + Alt + Delete

This brings up a list of options where you can select whether to restart or shut down the computer, switch users or bring up the task manager.

8. Ctrl + B

Use this when you need to type bold text.

9. Ctrl + U

This is used to underline text.

10. Ctrl + I

This is used to italicise text.

11. Ctrl + N

To create a new document in programs like Microsoft Word, you can simply press Ctrl + N instead of going through the traditional process.

12. Ctrl + S

Use this to save your work periodically. Pressing Ctrl + S every few minutes can save you the trouble of losing your work and having to start all over again.

13. Ctrl + 0

When you need to open a file from your computer or a removable device, use Ctrl + O to browse through the files and select the one you would like to open.

14. Ctrl + Z

Did you make a mistake? Don’t worry, you can easily undo it by pressing Ctrl + Z.

15. Ctrl + Y

This is the opposite of Ctrl + Z. It is used to redo an action.

Which of these shortcuts have you found most useful and which would you like to add? Let’s hear from you in the comments.