When it comes to typing on a keyboard, there is always more we need to know. One thing we are always short on is time and that’s where keyboard shortcuts can come in so handy.
Do you know what all of the F-keys at the top of your keyboard mean? We’ve got all the keyboard shortcuts for you to try. View our post in its entirety and Pin your favorites.
Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts Video
This video above shows how much easier it can be to navigate through your computer when you know these quick shortcuts!
‘Household Hacker’ talks about how to quickly shut off a window, how to reopen an accidentally closed page and more. There’s a Mac version too. Click play above to watch now ^
What Do The F Keys Do?
Although we’ve all become very familiar with the keyboard in the last few decades, the F keys still remain a mystery for most of us.
They also remain largely unused and ignored. Those keys can do quite a bit when you know how to use them.
F1 Consider the F1 key your ’emergency’ key, that needs to be hit when you need help fast. This key will open the help menu on any program you’re in, and can also activate the Microsoft Help & Support feature.
F2 If you’re the type who is always right-clicking the wrong menu item on a file then you’re going to love F2! This button will let you quickly rename any file that is highlighted on your screen. In some programs, F2 is also a volume button.
F3 will open a search function in almost any program. You can also use it to capitalize the beginning letter of a word (just highlight it) and it’s also the Mission Control button on Macs.
F4 is the ‘save yourself’ button, whether you accidentally clicked on an ad you didn’t want to open, or you’re trying to save face when browsing social media a work. Pressing on ALT+F4 (or CTRL+F4) will automatically close any window currently open. But a quick not – it won’t save anything in the window. You can also use F4 as a time-saver in Microsoft Word – it will automatically repeat the last action you performed.
F5 gives you a fresh start when a slow-loading page is bogging you down. Just press it when you’re in your web browser and it will automatically refresh the page you’re on. You can also press CTRL+F5 to completely clear the cache and restart your browser.
F6 comes in handy if you write or blog, as it can bring your cursor from one window to another (give it a try!). You can also use CTRL+Shift+F6 to open a new document in Word.
F7 is your on-call editor as it will make Word perform a spell and grammar check right away. You can also highlight a word and hit Shift+F7 to see thesaurus suggestion for that word.
F8 When your computer comes down with a virus and you need to run Windows Safe Mode, F8 is the key you’ll need to press. It can also be used to run recovery on your computer using an installation disc, and on a Mac, it can show thumbnails of all open workspaces.
F9 can send an email in Outlook, show thumbnails of workspaces in OS 10.3 and can open Mission Control on Macs using Fn+F9.
F10 can help you out on Windows 10 when you want to send your window to another display screen like your TV. It can also open the menu bar in a lot of programs. Shift+F10 will give you the same result as right-clicking on any internet link and in IOS, F10 shows you all of your open windows.
F11 lets you get out of a fullscreen in your internet browser. In IOS it allows to quickly hide all of your open programs.
F12 is your ‘save as’ quick button in Word, and can also hide your dashboard automatically in IOS 10.4 and later versions.
Quick Keyboard Shortcuts For Writers
This infographic from Lifehack makes it easy to find the shortcut you’re looking for so that you can quickly become familiar with them. They’ve organized it into 7 sections that can really help you if you’re writing or browsing the web.
- Opening & closing Microsoft Office Docs
- Moving Text Around
- Jumping Through Text
- Grabbing Text
- Fixing A Mistake
- Using The Internet
- Switching & Closing Tabs
50 Keyboard Shortcuts For All Systems
This great infographic from Consoco shows all the best keyboard shortcuts for a bunch of operating systems and programs.
Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome, Safari, Word are all included, and it’s a great one to pin. Knowing all of these shortcuts might take more time at first, but once you’ve got them down, you’ll be speeding through your work at a much quicker rate.
This Infographic from Exams Buzz will come in very handy. It’s hard to believe just how many different functions that your Computer can perform.
There are keys for inserting links, undoing last actions and evens some handy excel shortcuts that will save you plenty of time.
Here’s another very handy trick that we knew you would appreciate that we found on Blog Lovin’ and it will help you type faster.
Place your hands on your keyboard with the fingers on the respective keys. This will help you type faster and after practice, you will be able to type without looking at your keyboard.