Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re used to working on a PC or Mac, you’ll be quite familiar with mouse controls to navigate around the applications. However, for those in the know there are a large number of keyboard shortcuts that in many cases are easier and quicker than the mouse equivalent – you may already know some of them. Here are ten of the best:

1. Close browser
If your boss walks up while you’re on Facebook (even though you really ought to be studying, right), or your other half comes in the room while you’re buying them a gift, close your browser instantly with this shortcut:

PC: Alt + F4
Mac: Apple key + Q

2. Show desktop
If you have several windows open on your computer and you want to see the desktop, just press:
PC: Windows key + D
Mac: F11

3. Add a bookmark
Create a shortcut to your new favourite website by bookmarking the page with the following quick trick:
PC: Ctrl + D
Mac: Apple key + D

4. Permanently delete
When you know you want to lose a file forever instead of clogging up the recycle bin, just tap:
PC: Shift + Delete

5. Change zoom level
Whether you’re working on the web or in a word processing program, zoom in or out with this command:
PC: Ctrl + scroll mouse wheel, or Ctrl + plus or minus sign.
Mac: Apple key + plus sign; Apple key + minus sign

6. Reopen previous tab in browser
If you have ever accidentally closed the browser tab you were looking at and had to spend time backtracking to find it again, this shortcut will restore that page to you almost instantly:
PC: Ctrl + Shift + T
Mac: Apple key + Z

7. Go to a previous location in browser
This clever shortcut lets you quickly return to the webpage you were looking at before your current one:
PC: Alt + ←
Mac: Apple key + [

8. Select the address bar
When you want to quickly type a new URL into your browser, the shortcut below will select the address bar for you, so you can start typing without moving your mouse:
PC: Ctrl + L, or F6
Mac: Apple key + L

9. Spelling/Grammar check
No more excuses: Perfect spelling and grammar is just one keystroke away:
PC or Mac: F7

10. Add “http://www” to your browser’s address bar
A quick route to your desired webpage is to just type in the name of the webpage you want (for example, type “Google”), then press the following keys to add the “http://www.” to the beginning and “.com” to the end.
PC: Ctrl + Enter
Mac: Apple key + Enter