28 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know 

Today, more than ever, efficiency is the name of the game in every role and workplace. We are all trying to do more work in less time. Keyboard shortcuts can be an integral part of attaining that goal. Once you become familiar with keyboard shortcuts, they can become second-nature and save you time on an ongoing basis. 

The following shortcuts are available for use across all/most Microsoft Office applications. Below is a list of the most common and useful shortcuts. Remember, practice makes perfect! 

Ctrl + a  Select all document contents 
Ctrl + b  Turn “bold” on or off 
Ctrl + c  Copy the selected information 
Ctrl + d  Duplicate a selected graphic image 
Ctrl + i  Turn “italics” on or off 
Ctrl + n  Create a new document 
Ctrl + o  Open an existing file 
Ctrl + p  Print a document 
Ctrl + s  Save a document 
Ctrl + u  Turn “underline” on or off 
Ctrl + v  Paste selection at insertion point 
Ctrl + w  Close current document/window 
Ctrl + x  Cut selected information 
Ctrl + y  Redo what was undone 
Ctrl + z  Undo last change 
Ctrl + F1  Expand/Collapse ribbon 
Ctrl + Enter  Insert page break 
Ctrl + Home  Go to the very start of the document 
Ctrl + End  Go to the very end of the document 
Ctrl + Page Up  Go to the top of the page 
Ctrl + Page Down  Go to the end of the page 
Home  Go to the start of a line 
End  Go to the end of the line 
F1  Help 
F4  Repeat last command (make absolute in Excel) 
F5  Open the find and replace dialog box 
F12  Save as 
Shift + Any Arrow Key  Select text in that direction 

As of this writing: If you are planning to take the certification test please note that you cannot use keyboard shortcuts on the exam(s). 

 By John Dukarski-French