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Students Tech Guide

Navigating HCCC technology

Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows

Note: The Windows Logo key that is present on a keyboard that uses Windows looks like this: 

  • CTRL + C = Copy. Select a portion of a text or a file in your computer and copy it.
  • CTRL + V = Paste. Pastes the text or file that you copied in the area you want to paste it.
  • CTRL + X = Cut. Deletes text (works only if you typed something, not text on the internet or a PDF file) or file.
  • CTRL + A = Select All. Selects the entire text or files in a folder. You can either Cut or Copy the selected parts.
  • CTRL + Z = Undo. Goes back one step if you want to undo a change that you have made in a document.
  • CTRL + F = Find. Find items, files, documents, or even certain words on a webpage.
  • CTRL + P = Print.
  • CTRL + S = Save the document. Very helpful when you are concentrating on a paper on Microsoft Word.
  • CTRL + N = Opens a new browser window aside from the browser window you are currently using.
  • CTRL + O = Opens the dialog box to open a file.
  • CTRL + SHIFT + N = Creates a new folder within a folder.
    • CTRL + SHIFT + N on Google Chrome = Opens Incognito Mode browser on Google Chrome.
  • CTRL + T = Opens a new tab in a browser. Works for Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
  • WINDOWS LOGO + P = Project. If you're hooked up to a second monitor or a TV, you can choose what to show on the main computer screen, either duplicate the screen, extend, computer only, or second monitor only.
  • WINDOWS LOGO + SHIFT + S = Screenshot. You can choose which part of the screen you want to take a screenshot of.
  • ALT + TAB = Cycle through open windows. Hold ALT and use TAB to choose a window to bring to the front. When you choose the window you want to open, release the ALT key and your window will open up front and all other open windows will be behind.
  • WINDOWS LOGO + TAB = Works similar as ALT + TAB except you can release both keys and you can click through any window you want to bring to the front.
  • WINDOWS LOGO + ARROWS
    • Arrow Up = Maximizes a window that is shrunk to a smaller size. 
    • Arrow Down = Shrinks a maximized window. If you tap WINDOWS LOGO + DOWN ARROW a second time, it minimizes the window completely. You can tap WINDOWS + UP ARROW again to enlarge the window into a smaller size.
    • Arrow Right or Left = Enables Windows Snap feature. Windows Snap lets you work on two windows at the same time on one screen with both windows shrunk to fit either side of the screen. When you choose WINDOWS LOGO + RIGHT/LEFT ARROW, you can choose a window to open on the other side. It is a handy feature when you want to work on two open windows if you do not have a multiple monitor setup.
  • CTRL + TAB = Cycle through tabs in a browser. Works just like ALT + TAB except if you have multiple tabs in a browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Edge), you can cycle through them with TAB and release the CTRL key when you choose the browser tab you want. 
  • CTRL + SHIFT + ESC = Opens the Task Manager. You can use the Task Manager to end a program that is not responding without having to use CTRL + ALT + DEL which is a typical command key when a computer emergency is needed.
  • CTRL + W = Closes a window or tab in browser.
  • ALT + F4 = Closes a window as well. It is also used to open a dialog box if you want to shut down, log off, switch user, or restart the computer.
  • F5 = Refreshes a browser page.

macOS

Note: The Command key that is present on a keyboard that is used for iMac and Macbook computers looks like this: 

  • COMMAND + C = Copy. Select a portion of a text or a file in your computer and copy it.
  • COMMAND + V = Paste. Pastes the text or file that you copied in the area you want to paste it.
  • COMMAND + X = Cut. Deletes text (works only if you typed something, not text on the internet or a PDF file) or file.
  • COMMAND + A = Select All. Selects the entire text or files in a folder. You can either Cut or Copy the selected parts.
  • COMMAND + Z = Undo. Goes back one step if you want to undo a change that you have made in a document.
  • COMMAND + P = Print. 
  • COMMAND + S = Save the document. Very helpful when you are concentrating on a paper on Microsoft Word or Pages.
  • COMMAND + T = Opens a new tab in a browser. Works for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
  • COMMAND + N = Opens a new browser window aside from the browser window that you are using.
  • COMMAND + W = Closes a window or tab in browser.
  • COMMAND + SHIFT + 3 = Screenshot. Screenshots the entire screen. The image will be saved on the desktop.
    • COMMAND + SHIFT + 4 =  Screenshot. You can choose which part of the screen you want to take a screenshot of. Once you do, the image will be saved on the desktop.
  • COMMAND + SHIFT + Q = Logs out of the macOS. It does not shut down the computer but logs you out if the Mac is being used by multiple computers, like public Mac computers.

Chromebook