How to use shortcut keys on a laptop?

Shortcut keys are a way of executing commands or actions on a laptop quickly and efficiently, by using combinations of keys on the keyboard. These keys are designed to provide an alternative to using the touchpad, and they are often used by people who find it difficult to use a touchpad while working. The most common shortcut keys are combinations of the “Ctrl”, “Alt”, and “Shift” keys, as well as the function keys (F1 to F12)etc.


  1. Shortcut keys let you quickly do things on your computer without clicking lots of buttons, which saves time and effort.
  2. Using shortcut keys can help you work faster and get more done by letting you switch between different tasks and programs more easily.
  3. For people who have trouble using a mouse or touchpad, shortcut keys can be very helpful for getting around the computer and doing things quickly.
  4. Shortcut keys are the same in many different computer programs and systems, which makes them easy to remember and use to get things done faster.

Here are some steps on how to use shortcut keys on your laptop:

Step 1: Locate the Function Keys

Most laptops come with a set of Function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc.) that are located at the top of the keyboard. These keys are programmed to perform various tasks when pressed in combination with other keys.

Step 2: Identify the shortcut key combination

Shortcut keys are usually identified by two or more keys pressed together. For example, Ctrl + C is a common shortcut key combination used to copy text or images.

Step 3: Press the shortcut key combination

To execute a command using a shortcut key, hold down the Fn key and the other key(s) simultaneously. For example, to copy text, hold down the Ctrl key and the C key at the same time.

Step 4: Release the keys

After holding down the shortcut key combination for a brief moment, release the keys. The command or function associated with the shortcut key combination will be executed.

Step 5: Practice and memorize

Using shortcut keys on a laptop requires practice and memorization. Start by using the most common shortcut keys such as Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V (paste), and Ctrl + X (cut) until you become comfortable with using them. As you become more familiar with shortcut keys, you can gradually incorporate more complex shortcuts into your workflow.

Here are some examples of common shortcut keys on laptops:

Ctrl + C: Copy

Ctrl + V: Paste

Ctrl + X: Cut

Ctrl + Z: Undo

Alt + Tab: Switch between open applications

Ctrl + Y: Redo

Ctrl + A: Select all

Ctrl + F: Find

Ctrl + P: Print

Ctrl + S: Save

Windows key + L: Lock computer

Windows key + D: Show desktop

Ctrl + B: Bold selected text

Ctrl + U: Underline selected text

Ctrl + I: Italic selected text

Ctrl + N: Open a new document or window

Ctrl + O: Open an existing document or file

Ctrl + W: Close the current window or tab

Ctrl + F4: Close the current tab in a browser or application

Alt + F4: Close the current application or window

Alt + F: Open the File menu in an application

Windows key + Tab: Open the Task View, which displays all open windows

And the list goes long!

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