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Six Keyboard Shortcuts Every Computer User Should Know

Here is simple list of common handy keyboard shortcuts and tricks that every computer user should know for Windows and Mac.

The CTRL is an abbreviation for Control, and it’s the main key on your Windows PC that you use for keyboard shortcuts.

Mac, you also have a Control key, but your primary keyboard shortcuts key is Command.


  • Control + F (or Command + F on the Mac) – This the keyboard shortcut for the Find command.  If you are in browser and want to search text on a web page, simply press Control+F and it will bring up a search box.



  • Control + N (or Command + N on a Mac) – This command for creating something new.  In a web browser, this will make a new window. In a word processing, image editing, or other document-based application this keyboard shortcut will create a new document.



  • Control + S (or Command + S on a Mac) – This command is for saving a document.  If this is the first time you’ve saved the document you’ll be presented with a new window that’ll ask you what to name it and where you want to save it. If you’ve already saved it once before, this keyboard shortcut will simply save your changes.



  • Control + P (or Command + P on a Mac) – This command is to print.  When you’re ready, just click print and your document will be printed. This keyboard shortcut works in pretty much any application with printable content, including your web browser.



  • Alt+F4 (or Command + Q on a Mac) – This command is for quitting the current application.  In Windows it will quit the currently open that’s in focus on the screen. On a Mac this is also generally the case, but sometimes it’s not as clear. To know which application is going to quit when you perform this keyboard command, just look in the upper left corner to see the name.



  • Enter (or Return on a Mac) – The enter key, or return key on a Mac, is useful for a lot of things. When a dialog window pops up and asks you to press okay or cancel, you can usually just press Enter instead of clicking okay. In Windows you can tell which button will respond to enter because it’ll have a dotted box inside of it. On a Mac the button will be blue instead of gray. Enter can also be used for other things, like submitting forms on web pages from any text field in that form.



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