Constantly having to switch back to your mouse to perform simple tasks can eventually add up to a lot of extra time.

Learning keyboard shortcuts can help you gain some of this time back. Even better, most shortcuts can be used across multiple programs and software.

Below are some commonly used shortcuts. Note these are for Windows users although is most cases using Command on a Mac device instead of Control will achieve the same outcome.

Press this key To do this
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copy the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + A Select all items in a document or window
Ctrl + B Make selected text bold
Ctrl + I Make selected text italic
Ctrl + U Make selected text underlined
Alt + Tab Switch between open apps
Alt + F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app
F2 Rename the selected item
F3 Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F5 Refreshes the active window

You can view a full list of shortcuts on the Microsoft page.