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CTRL commands or keyboard shortcuts for Windows computer

The Control or Ctrl key is normally found in the bottom left and right  corners of any keyboard in a Windows computer. When used in combination with other keys, it can perform many useful functions.

For instance in Windows 8.1, when you click Ctrl + Alt + Delete together, you are presented with a screen with the following options: Lock this computer, Switch User, Log Off, Change a password and Task Manager.

CTRL commands in Windows

The Ctrl key keyboard shortcuts may perform a function in a browser and maybe another in a word processor. Let us have a look at some of the important one’s.

Ctrl+A : Select All objects

Ctrl+B : Bold highlighted text

Ctrl+C : Copy selected objects

Ctrl+D : Bookmark open web page

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Ctrl+E : Center text

Ctrl+F : Open Find window

Ctrl+G : Open Favorites sidebar in IE. Opens Find and Replace in Word

Ctrl+H : Open Find and Replace in Microsoft Word.

Ctrl+I : Make text Italics

Ctrl+J : Opens View downloads in IE browsers

Ctrl+K : Create hyperlink for selected text in Word

Ctrl+L : Select address in address bar in browser. Left align text in Word

Ctrl+M : Indent selected text in word processors

Ctrl+N : Create New instance of the document or program

Ctrl+O : Open a new file

Ctrl+P : Open print window

Ctrl+R : Reload page in browser. Right align text in Word

Ctrl+S : Save document

Ctrl+T : Create a new tab in IE

Ctrl+U : Underline selected text

Ctrl+V : Paste copied objects

Ctrl+W : Close tab in IE or Word document

Ctrl+X : Cut selected object

Ctrl+Y : Redo the ‘Undo’ action.

Ctrl+Z : Undo any action

Ctrl+Esc : Open Start Screen or Start Menu

Ctrl+Tab : Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program

Ctrl+Shift+Esc    : Opens Task Manager in Windows 8

Ctrl+WinKey+F  : Opens Find computer box

Ctrl+Alt+Del       : Opens screen to Lock, Switch users, etc.

Let me know if I have erred somewhere or missed out something.

Want more? Take a look at the complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10.