Here is a short list of keyboard shortcuts you can use to increase your productivity.

First, the basics and some terminology.

Personally, when I teach the basics, I call a Left-Click ‘Select’, a Double-Left-Click ‘Run’, and a Right-Click ‘Menu’. But for your reference here, I will just use the abbreviations LC and RC for simplicity.

  • Left-Click (LC) - Select (item)
  • Double LC - Run (item)
  • Right-Click (RC) - bring up context sensitive Menu (on item clicked)

The following keys can be used when you are looking at files in the File Explorer window (Documents, Pictures, Music, This PC, Network, etc.).

  • Ctrl+LC - Select/Deselect multiple items one-by-one - think "Add an item/group"
  • Shift+LC - Select/Deselect multiple items by grouping (LC first item, Shift+LC last item in contiguous group) - think "Create a group"
  • Ctrl+Shift+LC - Used to create more than one grouping (LC/Shift+LC first group, Ctrl+LC start of next group, Ctrl+Shift+LC last item in next group)
  • Ctrl+Wheel - Hold the control key down while rotating the mouse wheel to zoom in/out of a program (makes text look bigger/smaller on screen)
  • Shift+Wheel - Is the same as your Back/Forward buttons in your Web Browser program.

This key can be used anywhere you need to bring up a menu for any selected item.

  • Menu key (next to Control key on the bottom right side of keyboard section) - Activate Menu for currently selected item (same as RC)

These keys can be used at any time within a program or in Windows Explorer.

  • Ctrl+A - Select All (items, text)
  • Ctrl+X - Cut (items, text)
  • Ctrl+C - Copy (items, text)
  • Ctrl+V - Paste (items, text)
  • Ctrl+F - Activate Find (in current program)

These special keystrokes are used wherever you like.

  • Windows key - Activate Start Menu
  • Windows+D - Minimize/Restore all windows
  • Windows+E - Activate Windows Explorer
  • Windows+F - Activate Windows File Search (same as Start > Search)
  • Windows+L - Lock Screen (in Windows 8.1 and 10)
  • Windows+R - Activate Windows Run (same as Start > Run)
  • Windows+U - Activate Windows Utility Manager for Accessibility Options