Windows and Mac Shortcuts

Windows and Mac Shortcuts


Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse. Following there will be the most useful shortcuts:




Press this combination 

To do this

Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item.

Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)

Paste the selected item.

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action.

Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps

Alt + F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app.

Windows logo key  + L

Lock your PC.

Windows logo key  + D

Display and hide the desktop.


Rename the selected item


Search for a file or folder in File Explorer.

Alt + F8

Show your password on the sign-in screen.

Alt + Enter

Display properties for the selected item.

Alt + Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window.


Activate the Menu bar in the active app.

Alt + F8

Show your password on the sign-in screen.

Alt + Enter

Display properties for the selected item.

Ctrl + A

Select all items in a document or window.

Ctrl + Down arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph.

Ctrl + Up arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager.

Ctrl + Spacebar

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off.

Windows logo key  + A

Open Quick Settings. 

Windows logo key  + E

Open File Explorer.

Windows logo key  + I

Open Settings.

Windows logo key  + S

Open search.

Windows logo key  + Pause

Opens Start  > Settings  > System  > About 

Windows logo key  + Spacebar

Switch input language and keyboard layout.



Press this combination 

To do this

Command + W

Closes active window

Command + (,) comma 

Open application’s Preferences

Command + M 

Minimize the front app 

Command + L 

Fastest way to navigate to a website

Command + Tab 

Application switcher

Fn + Left Arrow

Jump directly to the top or 

Option + Brightness Up (Or Down)

Quickly Launch Display Preferences

Option + Command + Esc

Force quit the frozen app

Command + Shift + T 

Will open your last closed tab

Command + A

Selects all items

Command + F

Finds specific text or a symbol

Command + T 

Opens a new tab

Shift + Command + N 

Creates a new folder in the finder

Command + Shift +4

Allow you to take a screenshot

Command + Shift + Delete 

Empties the trash

Option + Shift +F11

Change Volume in smaller increments

Command + Shift + A

Open the Applications Folder

Command + D 

Duplicate selected item

Command + Shift + G 

Go to Folder

Command + Option + H

Hide all windows except the currently active one

Command + I 

Get Info

Command + Control + I 

Get Summary Info


Mac allows you to create and manage your own shortcuts. Please get access by clicking: Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts

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