Top 7 Mac & Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

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As busy people with jam-packed schedules we are always in search of more efficient ways to accomplish our tasks. Fortunately, when it comes to word processing – whether with a Mac or Windows operating system – becoming familiar with and utilizing shortcut commands is one excellent way to streamline our process and save ourselves a little time. As opposed to relying on our mouse or trackpad to accomplish basic functions we can simply utilize a combination of keys. Let’s take a look at the seven most widely-used shortcut commands for Mac and Windows – cut, copy, paste, undo, select all, find & print.

On a Mac keyboard there is a button labeled Command. Hold down the Command button and select the appropriate letter to complete the desired function:

  1. Cut: Command-X
  2. Copy: Command-C
  3. Paste: Command-V
  4. Undo: Command-Z
  5. Select All: Command-A
  6. Find: Command-F
  7. Print: Command-P

As opposed to a Command button, Windows keyboards contain a Control or Ctrl button. This button functions in the same way. Aside from the fact that the button is identified with a different label, the corresponding letters for each function are identical.

On a Windows keyboard hold down the Ctrl button and select the appropriate letter to complete the desired function:

  1. Cut: Ctrl + X
  2. Copy: Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)
  3. Paste: Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)
  4. Undo: Ctrl + Z
  5. Select All: Ctrl + A
  6. Find: Ctrl + F
  7. Print: Ctrl + P

You will notice that, with Windows, there is an alternate way to perform the Copy and the Paste function as shown in parenthesis.

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