We collated a list of some of the most commonly used basic shortcut keys that work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. We recommend that all users keep a good reference of these and to try to memorize them. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.

Shortcut KeysDescription
Alt+FFile menu options in the current program.
Alt+EEdit options in current program
Alt+TabSwitch between open programs
F1Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
F2Rename a selected file
F5Refresh the current program window
Ctrl+NCreate a new, blank document in some software programs
Ctrl+OOpen a file in current software program
Ctrl+ASelect all text.
Ctrl+BChange selected text to be Bold
Ctrl+IChange selected text to be in Italics
Ctrl+UChange selected text to be Underlined
Ctrl+FOpen find window for current document or window.
Ctrl+SSave current document file.
Ctrl+XCut selected item.
Shift+DelCut selected item.
Ctrl+CCopy selected item.
Ctrl+InsCopy selected item
Ctrl+VPaste
Shift+InsPaste
Ctrl+YRedo the last action
Ctrl+ZUndo last action
Ctrl+KInsert hyperlink for selected text
Ctrl+PPrint the current page or document.
HomeGoes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl+HomeGoes to beginning of the document.
EndGoes to end of current line.
Ctrl+EndGoes to end of the document.
Shift+HomeHighlights from current position to the beginning of a line.
Shift+EndHighlights from current position to end of a line.
Ctrl+Left arrowMoves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl+Right arrowMoves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl+EscOpens the START menu
Ctrl+Shift+EscOpens Windows Task Manager
Alt+F4Close the currently active program
Alt+EnterOpen the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.)

PC shortcut keys for Special Characters

Shortcut KeysSpecial Character
Alt+0224à
Alt+0232è
Alt+0236ì
Alt+0242ò
Alt+0241ñ
Alt+0228ä
Alt+0246ö
Alt+0252ü
Alt+0248ø
Alt+0223ß
Alt+0198Æ
Alt+0231ç
Alt+0191¿
Alt+0176°  (degree symbol)
Alt+0177±  (plus/minus symbol)
Alt+0153
Alt+0169©
Alt+0174®
Alt+0128€  (Euro currency)
Alt+0162¢  (Cent symbol)
Alt+0163£  (British Pound currency)
Alt+0165¥  (Japanese Yen currency)