Ctrl Key Shortcuts You Should Be Using Every Day

By | June 14, 2017
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Ctrl Key Shortcuts YOU Should Be Using Every Day

After working with thousands of people with our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care service, one thing we’ve noticed is that not many of you use fundamental, time-saving shortcuts. So today, we’re going to show you five shortcuts you should be using.

OK ready? Let’s say you’re reading a page on the Web and you’re looking for a particular word. Do you:

a.) Scan the page manually for the word?

b.) Use the browser’s search feature in the browser toolbar?

c.) Press Cntrl+F to open the page search dialog?

d.) None of the above.

No, EB, the answer is C. If you’re looking for a word on a page in your web browser, word processer, text editor, PDF viewer, and many others, just press Ctrl+F to open the “Find” dialog. Just remember F stands for Find. Sure, you can use the program’s search feature too, but why? CTRL + F is faster.

If you’re on a page you want to print, do you search for “print” on the toolbar, or look for a printer icons, or just press Ctrl+P? Right! You press Cntrl+P to print the page. It’s the fastest way to print.

Let’s say you’re using your browser and you want to open a new window? Do you just click the browser’s shortcut to open a new browser window? Nah, just press Ctrl+N. Same thing if you’re using an email program and you want to open a new window to compose an email.

If you’re working on a document and you want to save it, you can press CTRL+S  instead of clicking ‘File’ ‘Save’. If you want “File” “Save as” – Ctrl+S/ works in many applications.

If you want to view your browser’s history, use Ctrl+H.   And if you want to view a list of downloads, with your browser open press Ctrl+J.

Let’s review:

Ctrl+F = Find something on a page – in a browser, text editor, PDF editor, ebook, etc. To remember this easily, think F = FIND.

Ctrl+P = Print the document you have open. Whether it’s a web page, a Word doc, PDF file, text file, etc. Think P = PRINT.

Ctrl+N = Opens  new window in the program that’s running. Think N = NEW.

Ctrl+S = Saves the document you’re working on. Think S = SAVE.

Ctrl+H = Shows your browser’s history. Think H = History

Ctrl+J = Shows a list of downloads in your browser. Think J= ? I give up! J=Downloads! Junk?

And let me not fail to mention:

Ctrl+A = Select All

Ctrl+C = Copy

Ctrl+V = Paste

And finally, my personal favorite…

Ctrl+EB = EB disappears.

And all these work (all but Ctrl+EB) on any version of Windows.



6 thoughts on “Ctrl Key Shortcuts You Should Be Using Every Day

  1. Yvonne

    I don’t know about everyone else, but, I have too many other things to ‘remember’ to keep these in my head; but thank you for giving us options!

    1. infoave Post author

      We certainly understand what you mean! Thanks for reading, Yvonne.

  2. Barbarz

    Thanks for those short cuts! After using them a few times it will probably become 2nd nature.

    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks so much for reading… and for your comments Barbara.

  3. Irene Vandersteen

    it is real easy if you think it you think it thro, but in a couple of months, i will have forgotten, but keep on reminding us, you guys do a great job. Thanks

    1. infoave Post author

      Thanks for commenting and for reading our tip, Irene.


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