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Keyboard shortcuts: list of common shortcut keys on Windows, macOS, and more

Keyboard shortcuts or shortcut keys on laptops and PC are designed to increase the productivity and efficiency of the user. With a simple press of a couple of keys, users can save the time and effort required to perform a complicated task on their computer. From basic shortcut key for copy and paste to complex functions like dictation can be done with just a few keystrokes.

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If you are looking for ways to improve your typing speed and computer dexterity to boost your productivity, these computer shortcut keys are quite helpful. They can also help reduce repetitive strain and keep you focused while you work. With shortcut keys, you’ll get more work done within a short time. Here are all the common shortcut keys on major platforms.

What are shortcut keys on laptops and PC?

Shortcut keys are a great way to do your work faster and efficiently

Shortcut keys are a great way to do your work faster and more efficiently

As mentioned before, the shortcut keys or keyboard shortcuts are a combination of various keys to perform a complex task that requires multiple clicks on a mouse or touchpad. These combinations not only get the job down but are also a quick and efficient way to perform several tasks. For example, there is a copy shortcut key, paste shortcut key, undo shortcut key, and more. Let’s take a look at keyboard shortcuts for major OS platforms below.

Top keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Microsoft Windows has a rich library of computer shortcut keys for its users. Below are the 10 most useful keyboard shortcuts on Windows 11 and 10.

  • Copy: Ctrl + C
  • Cut: Ctrl + X
  • Paste: Ctrl + V
  • Maximize Window: F11 or Windows logo key  + Up arrow
  • Open Task View: Windows logo key  + Tab
  • Display and hide the desktop: Windows logo key  + D
  • Switch between open apps: Alt + Tab
  • Open the Quick Link menu: Windows logo key  + X
  • Lock your PC: Windows logo key  + L
  • Screenshot: Windows logo key + PrtScn or Fn + Windows logo key + Spacebar

Top keyboard shortcuts for macOS

MacBooks have a different keyboard layout than Windows machines. Therefore the shortcut keys also vary from Windows to macOS. Below are the most common keyboard shortcuts on a macOS device.

  • Select all: Command + A
  • Copy: Command + C
  • Paste: Command + V
  • Cut: Command + X
  • Save: Command + S
  • Quit: Command + Q
  • New: Command + N
  • Undo/Redo: Command + Z or Command + Shift + Z
  • Minimize window: Command + M
  • Close window: Command + W
  • Print: Command + P
  • Find: Command + F
  • Screenshot/record: Command + Shift + 5

Top keyboard shortcuts for Chromebook

Chromebook is affordable laptops intended for students and professionals. The following set of keyboards shortcuts is very useful and one must memorise these shortcuts to improve their dexteri

  • Chrome OS Search: Alt+Search (Caps lock)
  • Task Manager: Shift + Esc
  • Lock the Chromebook: Search + L
  • Log out of Chromebook: Ctrl + Shift + Q
  • Open pinned apps: Alt + 1-9
  • Multitasking: Alt + ‘[‘ or ‘]’
  • Minimise active window: Alt + ‘-‘
  • Stretch active window on desktop: Alt + =
  • Delete characters to the right of cursor: Alt + Backspace
  • Screenshot: Ctrl + Switch Window key
  • Show shortcut keys: Ctrl + Alt + /

Top keyboard shortcuts for Linux

Linux is another popular operating system like Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS. In fact, Linus is the foundation of Android. Below are the most useful and common keyboard shortcuts on a Linux machine.

  • Log out of X forcibly: Ctrl + Alt + Backspace
  • Force reboot: Ctrl + Alt + Delete
  • Cycle through open windows: Alt + Tab
  • Switch between virtual terminals: Ctrl + Alt + F
  • Switch between desktops: Alt + Arrow key
  • Go to the beginning or end of a text: Ctrl + a and Ctrl + e
  • Kill the process: Ctrl + c
  • Send terminal to the back: Ctrl + Z
  • Search for a command: Ctrl + r

Keyboard shortcut FAQs

What are 10 shortcuts?

10 shortcuts are basically the most common and most used keyboard shortcuts on a computer. These include shortcuts for copy/paste, search shortcut key, shortcut key undo function, and more.

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