The development of technology imposed the necessity of using a computer on a daily basis. Almost everyone uses a computer today and it seems like an easy thing to do.
However, there are a lot of things that we are not familiar with, for example when to use the keys on the computer keyboard which we never touch, such as the ″F″ ones.
Therefore, today we are going to present you several tricks and tips which will certainly make the interaction with your computer much easier.
PC and Mac equivalents
The keys on your keyboard may look differently depending on the type of computer keyboard you have, such as Windows or Mac. So, check out the following comparative list to learn the differences:
- Option = Alt
- Control = Ctrl
- Command = Windows
- Return = Enter
- Delete = Backspace
Keyboard Shortcuts for the function buttons
The ″F″ keys on your keyboard have designed functions such as adjusting the screen brightness or the speaker volume. So, in order to perform the function of a specific ″F″ key, hold down the function key – Fn. For example, Fn + F#.
F1 – helps you open the Help Screen for every program
F2 – helps you rename any folder or file you select
F3 – helps you open Search Feature on different applications
F4 + Alt/Option – will close any window you are on
F5 – reloads and refreshes the page you are on
F6 – moves the cursor towards the address bar
F7 – it is used for spell and grammar-check in Microsoft applications, such as Word
F8 – gives access to the Boot Menu in Windows
F9 – receives and sends emails in Microsoft Outlook, refreshes Microsoft Word documents and displays thumbnail images in a single workspace.
F10 – opens the menu bar of all applications you use and shows the open windows of all programs that you currently use on your Mac.
F11 – displays the desktop, exits and enters full-screen mode in Internet browsers
F12 – displays the calendar or calculator applications and opens the Save As box in Microsoft Word
Document and File keyboard shortcuts
These shortcuts can work if you press the Command or Ctrl button followed by these keys:
Ctrl + O = to open a file
Ctrl + N = to open a new document
Ctrl + A = to select the whole text on a document or page
Ctrl + C = to copy a highlighted text
Ctrl + X = to cut a highlighted text
Ctrl + V = to cut or paste a copied text
Ctrl + P = to print a document
Ctrl + S = to save a document or a file
Ctrl + W = to close a window
Ctrl + Q = to close an app (this works for Mac only)
Ctrl + Up Arrow = to scroll to the top of a webpage (this works for Mac only)
- Control/Shift/Escape/Command/Option/Escape – this shortcut opens the Task Manager.
- PrtScr – helps you to take a shapshot of your screen.
- Shift/Command/3 – captures entire screen
- Shift/Command/4 – captures a specific area of a page
- Shift/Command/4/Space – captures a specific window
- Shift/Command/T – opens the most recent tab in your web browser
- Windows button + D – shows your desktop
- Windows + F –opens the Find Files and Folders
- Windows + L –locks the workstation