Keyboard Shortcuts

As well as using menus for commands you can use keyboard shortcuts to do the same thing. Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keys pressed carry out common operations, for example, a popular keyboard shortcut is to hold down the [Control] key and press the letter P to call up a productivity programs print menu.

Note: Sometimes the [Control] key is shown on a PC keyboard as [Ctrl].

Other common keyboard shortcuts are for Cut, Copy and Paste.
[Control] and C – Copy the highlighted area
[Control] and V – Paste the area to a new place
[Control] and X – Cut the highlighted text.

There are many other keyboard shortcuts which you can find next to the menu items of a productivity program. The example shown in the picture is [Ctrl] and O for opening a document.


Special Function Keys
Some special function keys, like the shift, shift lock, and numeric lock work the same on all computers and for almost all productivity programs. However, some other special function keys (often called F1, F2, etc.) are only used in some programs, and may be used very differently in each program. Note: The F stands for Function, e.g. F2 is Function key 2.

Two special keys are the Tab Key and the Escape Key. The Tab key is used to move the cursor to a certain position on the screen, and the Escape Key is the ‘Get Out Of Trouble’ Key.

Other special shortcut keys you can use to move around the document are called Page Up (PgUp) and Page Down (PgDn).

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