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    42+ Text-Editing Keyboard Shortcuts That Work Almost Everywhere

    Whether youre typing an email in your browser or writing in a word processor, thereare convenient keyboard shortcuts usable in almost every application. You can copy,select, or delete entire words or paragraphs with just a few key presses.

    Some applications may not support a few of these shortcuts, but most applicationssupport the majority of them. Many are built into the standard text-editing fields onWindows and other operating systems.

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    Working With Words

    Were used to the arrow, Backspace, and Delete keys working with a single character ata time. However, we can add the Ctrl key to have them effect entire words orparagraph at the same time.

    Ctrl+Left Arrow Move cursor to beginning of previous word.

    Ctrl+Right Arrow Move cursor to beginning of next word

    Ctrl+Backspace Delete previous word.

    Ctrl+Delete Delete next word.

    Ctrl+Up Arrow Move cursor to beginning of paragraph.

    Ctrl+Down Arrow Move cursor to end of paragraph.

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    Mac Users : Use the Option key instead of the Ctrl key.

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    Moving the Cursor

    The Ctrl key can also be combined with the Home and End keys.

    Home Move cursor to beginning of current line.

    End Move cursor to end of current line.

    Ctrl+Home Move cursor to top of the text entry field.

    Ctrl+End Move cursor to bottom of the text entry field.

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    Page Up Move cursor up a frame.

    Page Down Move cursor down a frame.

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    Selecting Text

    All of the above shortcuts can be combined with the Shift key to select text.

    Shift+Left or Right Arrow Keys Select characters one at a time.

    Shift+Up or Down Arrow Keys Select lines one at a time.

    Shift+Ctrl+Left or Right Arrow Keys Select words keep pressing the arrow keysto select additional words.

    Shift+Ctrl+Up or Down Arrow Keys Select paragraphs.

    Shift+Home Select the text between the cursor and the beginning of the currentline.

    Shift+End Select the text between the cursor and the end of the current line.

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    Shift+Ctrl+Home Select the text between the cursor and the beginning of the textentry field.

    Shift+Ctrl+End Select the text between the cursor and the end of the text entryfield.

    Shift+Page Down Select a frame of text below the cursor.

    Shift+Page Up Select a frame of text above the cursor.

    Ctrl+A Select all text.

    You can use several of these shortcuts to fine-tine your selected text. For example, youcould press Shift+End to select the text to the end of the current line, and thenpress Shift+Down to also select the line below it.

    After selecting text, you can start typing immediately to replace the text you donthave to press Delete first.

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    You can really speed up text-editing by using the Ctrl keyboard shortcuts to copy andpaste text.

    Ctrl+C , Ctrl+Insert Copy selected text.

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    Ctrl+X , Shift+Delete Cut selected text.

    Ctrl+V , Shift+Insert Paste text at cursor.

    Ctrl+Z Undo.

    Ctrl+Y Redo.


    Formatting shortcuts only work if the application or website youre using supports textformatting. If you have text selected, the shortcut will apply the formatting to yourselected text. If you dont have text selected, the shortcut will toggle the associatedformatting option.

    Ctrl+B Bold.

    Ctrl+I Italic.

    Ctrl+U Underline.

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    These function keys are common to most text-editing applications. If you use them inyour web browser, youll open your browsers associated dialogs.

    Ctrl+F Find. This opens the find dialog in most applications to search for text Iveeven seen it work in some applications that didnt have a Find option in their menus.

    F3 Find next.

    Shift+F3 Find previous.

    Ctrl+O Open.

    Ctrl+S Save.

    Ctrl+N New document.

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    Ctrl+P Print.

    These keys work in most applications, but are particularly useful in text editors:

    Alt Activate applications menu bar. You can use the arrow keys to select a menu

    option and the Enter key to activate it.

    Alt+F Open File menu.

    Alt+E Open Edit menu.

    Alt+V Open View menu.