Knowing certain shortcut keystrokes can add to your productivity.  Have you been at the computer help desk and watched in amazement as the technician navigated your computer with ease and with a lot fewer clicks?  For example, do you know pressing Control + P will bring up a print window in any program or browser you are using?  Keep this list handy and start practicing using the key commands.  You’ll be an expert in no time!

Press this key To do this
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item.
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected item.
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected item.
Ctrl + Z Undo an action.
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps.
Alt + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app.
Windows logo key  + L Lock your PC.
Windows logo key  + D Display and hide the desktop.
F2 Rename the selected item.
F3 Search for a file or folder in File Explorer.
F4 Display the address bar list in File Explorer.
F5 Refresh the active window.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
F10 Activate the Menu bar in the active app.
Alt + F8 Show your password on the sign-in screen.
Alt + Esc Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened.
Alt + underlined letter Perform the command for that letter.
Alt + Enter Display properties for the selected item.
Alt + Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the active window.
Alt + Left arrow Go back.
Alt + Right arrow Go forward.
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen.
Alt + Page Down Move down one screen.
Ctrl + F4 Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time).
Ctrl + A Select all items in a document or window.
Ctrl + D (or Delete) Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.
Ctrl + R (or F5) Refresh the active window.
Ctrl + Y Redo an action.
Ctrl + Right arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word.
Ctrl + Left arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
Ctrl + Down arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph.
Ctrl + Up arrow Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
Ctrl + Alt + Tab Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps.
Alt + Shift + arrow keys When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified.
Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder.
Ctrl + arrow keys Resize the Start menu when it’s open.
Ctrl + arrow key (to move to an item) + Spacebar Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop.
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key Select a block of text.
Ctrl + Esc Open Start.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager.
Ctrl + Shift Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available.
Ctrl + Spacebar Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off.
Shift + F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
Shift with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document.
Shift + Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.
Right arrow Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
Left arrow Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
Esc Stop or leave the current task.
PrtScn Take a screenshot of your whole screen and copy it to the clipboard.

Note

You can change this shortcut so it also opens  screen snipping, which lets you edit your schreenshot. Select Start  Settings Ease of Access Keyboard, and turn on the toggle under Print Screen shortcut.

Source:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12445/windows-keyboard-shortcuts

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