Taking the time to learn some of the most common shortcuts in Windows, your web browser, and your productivity products can speed up how quickly things are done on your computer. With that said, I want to bring your attention some of the most common shortcuts and how they relate to Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office products:

 

Shortcut Microsoft Windows Microsoft Internet Explorer Microsoft Office
Windows Key Opens the Start Menu N/A N/A
Windows Key + R Opens the Run box to input a Command N/A N/A
F1 Lauches Windows Help & Support Opens the Help area for the browser Opens the help area for the application
F3 Opens a dialogue to search your computer Opens a dialogue to find content on the current page Opens a dialogue to find content within the current document or folder
F5 Refreshes the content of your active screen Reloads the current web page Varies depending on the program
CTRL+C Copies the selected file or folder Copies the selected text and/or image Copies the selected text, cells, messages, or images
CTRL+X Moves the selected file or folder Only usable in the address bar to remove text Moves the selected text, cells, messages, or images
CTRL+V Pastes files or folders that were copied or cut Pastes content that was copied into a form or the address bar Pastes text, cells, messages, or images
CTRL+S Functionality varies depending on area of Windows Saves the current web page to a location on your computer Saves the current document
CTRL+P Functionality varies depending on area of Windows Opens the print dialogue to for the current web page Opens a dialogue to print the current document
ALT+F4 Closes the current application & Windows Closes the current IE window and all active tabs Closes the open application
CTRL+F4 Functionality varies depending on area of Windows Closes the active tab Closes the active document or email
CTRL+N Functionality varies depending on area of Windows Creates a new IE window Creates a new document or email
CTRL+T N/A Creates a new tab in IE N/A

This list is by no means exhaustive, but these are some of the most-commonly used shortcuts. Many work across other operating systems, web browsers, and applications.

For more information on shortcuts, see these links:

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449

Internet Explorer Shortcuts: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306832

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