Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tip #35: Keyboard Shortcuts to Increase Efficiency

All business owners could use extra time in their day, right? To help you be more efficient and save time while on the computer, we’ve compiled a list of commonly used keyboard shortcuts for you. Keyboard shortcuts are simply keyboard combinations that perform a specific command. For example, instead of going to click File, then clicking Save, you can press both the CTRL and S keys to perform the command.

SaveCTRL + S
OpenCTRL + O
PrintCTRL + P
CopyCTRL + C
PasteCTRL + V
UndoCTRL + Z
FindCTRL + F
BoldCTRL + B
ItalicCTRL + I
UnderlineCTRL + U
Zoom InCTRL + +
Zoom OutCTRL + -
Select all items in current windowCTRL + A
Delete an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle BinSHIFT + DELETE
Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)ALT + TAB
Minimize all open windows and display the desktopWindows Logo + D
Find files or foldersWindows Logo + F
Open Control PanelWindows Logo + C

The shortcuts shown here are for Windows operating systems. However, if you are using a Mac operating system, many of the same shortcuts exist by using the command key in place of the CTRL key.

If you have useful shortcuts to share, please leave a comment for our blog community below.

Note: The information in this post was featured in an article in the January/February/March 2012 issue. RCI members have access to this article plus many more useful articles on operating a business through Kettle Talk, RCI’s quarterly newsletter magazine. Net yet an RCI member? Learn more about the benefits joining RCI here. Contact RCI with questions at 800-545-5381 or info@retailconfectioners.org.


  1. Loved the post, really useful! All these shortcuts are essential! However, the list of keyboard shortcuts you could ever use is endless. If you want to avoid long Google searching and hard to remember lists of shortcuts, try KeyRocket! It is an app that suggests you the shortcuts you could use instead mouse actions ;)

    1. Thanks for your comment, Beatriz! KeyRocket looks like a great tool - thanks for sharing!


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