Common Keyboard Shortcuts
How To Change The Settings So That The Keyboard Is More Accessible Or Can Be Used On-Screen.
There are a number of ways you can adapt your computer to make it easier to use the keyboard. These guides explain how to customise your operating system (Windows or Mac ), so that you can use the keyboard with one hand, for instance, or minimise accidental keystrokes. You can also set up the on-screen keyboard and learn shortcuts and other tricks to reduce the amount of typing you need to do.
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- Common keyboard shortcuts
A list of the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts.
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X
Common Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows 7
This page lists the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7. These are useful for people who have difficulty using a mouse or want to reduce the amount they use the mouse.
- F1 – Display the help file for the current programme.
- Alt + letter – Activate the menu represented by a particular letter that is underlined in the menu bar. For example, you can access the ‘File’ drop-down menu by pressing Alt + F.
- Ctrl + Z – Undo the last action.
- Alt + Tab – Quickly switch between currently running programmes.
- Windows key + D – Show your desktop.
- Windows key + E – Start Windows Explorer.
- Windows key + U – Open the ‘Ease of Access Center’, so you can change accessibility options on your computer.
- Ctrl + C – Copy selected text/graphics to the clipboard.
- Ctrl + V – Paste text/graphics from the clipboard.
- Ctrl + X – Cut selected text/graphics (a copy is saved to the clipboard).
Note: A more comprehensive list of shortcuts can be found on the Microsoft website: Keyboard shortcuts for Windows.
Common Keyboard Shortcuts In Mac OS X
This page lists the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X. These are useful for people who have difficulty using a mouse or want to reduce the amount they use the mouse.
Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key.
- Apple + letter– Activate menu items where the letter and Apple key is shown next to the item in a menu (for example, to create a new document would usually be Apple + N).
- Apple + Z– Undo the last action.
- Apple + Tab– Quickly switch between currently running programmes.
- Tab– Select the next icon or file alphabetically on the desktop or in a folder.
- Apple + O– Open a highlighted folder, document or application icon.
- Apple + W– Close the current window.
- Apple + C– Copy selected text/graphics to the clipboard.
- Apple + V– Paste text/graphics from the clipboard.
- Apple + X– Cut selected text/graphics (a copy is saved to the clipboard).
- Ctrl + mouse click– Right button mouse click.
- Ctrl + F1– Turn on full keyboard access.
Note: A more comprehensive list of shortcuts can be found on the Apple website: Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.
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