• Common Shortcuts

    These shortcuts are practically universal. That means that many of them will work in several different programs; for example, your browser, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and much, much more. They’re a great place to start if you’re new to keyboard shortcuts. To find out if they work in your favorite programs, give them a try.

    • Copy: CTRL+C (Windows) or COMMAND+C (Mac)
    • Cut: CTRL+X (Windows) or COMMAND+X (Mac)
    • Paste: CTRL+V (Windows) or COMMAND+V (Mac)
    • Und CTRL+Z (Windows) or COMMAND+Z (Mac)
    • Red CTRL+Y (Windows) or COMMAND+Y or SHIFT+COMMAND+Z (Mac)
    • Find: CTRL+F (Windows) or COMMAND+F (Mac)
    • Save: CTRL+S (Windows) or COMMAND+S (Mac)
    • Print: CTRL+P (Windows) or COMMAND+P (Mac)
    • Close active item: CTRL+W (Windows) or COMMAND+W (Mac)
    • Quit active program: ALT+F4 (Windows) or COMMAND+Q (Mac)

    For Your Browser

    These shortcuts are designed specifically for your browser. Because every browser is different, the shortcuts’ effectiveness may vary—but you’re bound to find a few that work for you. Don’t forget, you can still use some of the common shortcuts above in your browser.

    • New window: CTRL+N (Windows) or COMMAND+N (Mac)
    • New tab: CTRL+T (Windows) or COMMAND+T (Mac)
    • Refresh page: CTRL+R (Windows) or COMMAND+R (Mac)
    • Top of page: HOME (Windows) or COMMAND+UP ARROW (Mac)
    • Bottom of page: END (Windows) or COMMAND+DOWN ARROW (Mac)
    • Downloads: CTRL+J (Windows) or COMMAND+J (Mac)
    • Bookmarks: CTRL+B (Windows) or COMMAND+B (Mac)
    • History: CTRL+H (Windows only)

    For Text

    Below are some shortcuts that will come in handy when you’re working with text; for example, in Microsoft Office, Text Wrangler—even web editors like Gmail or WordPress. Again, they may not be compatible with every program, but once you know how they work, they can save you a lot of time and effort.

    • Select all: CTRL+A (Windows) or COMMAND+A (Mac)
    • Bold: CTRL+B (Windows) or COMMAND+B (Mac)
    • Italic: CTRL+I (Windows) or COMMAND+I (Mac)
    • Underline: CTRL+U (Windows) or COMMAND+U (Mac)
    Windows Only
    • Beginning of next word: CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
    • Beginning of previous word: CTRL+LEFT ARROW
    • Beginning of next paragraph: CTRL+DOWN ARROW
    • Beginning of previous paragraph: CTRL+UP ARROW
    Mac Only
    • End of current line: COMMAND+RIGHT ARROW
    • Beginning of current line: COMMAND+LEFT ARROW
    • End of document: COMMAND+DOWN ARROW
    • Beginning of document: COMMAND+UP ARROW

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Last Modified on February 28, 2021