21 Shortcuts Everyone Should Use to Speed Their Workflow

There are tons of shortcuts that you can use in or across different apps and devices. Besides key combinations alike copy-paste (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) and save (Ctrl+S), that even newborns already know, we suggest you delve deeper and remember these 21 more shortcuts that dramatically will change your life and make your working process faster. We promise.

Let’s start with the most common key combinations, that probably a very small percent of all PC users across the globe doesn’t know.

Ctrl+A – Highlight everything in a folder or document.
It can be a fast help if you are trying to grab a whole text. Rather than clicking and dragging your mouse to highlight everything just press Ctrl+A and instantly highlight everything.

Ctrl+X – Remove or cut selected text out.
This action will remove the text or item from its original location. This is if you want to move some piece of text or an item rather than duplicate it.

Because all of us make a lot of typos and errors while working with text, these 2 may be a great help to correct all of them quickly:

Ctrl+Z – Undo an action

Ctrl+Y – Redo an action

Unlike other text editors, Write! app provides you with an unlimited undo/redo actions even if you are working with the same text from different PCs.

Ctrl+Backspace – Delete the word on the left of the cursor.

Ctrl+Delete – Delete the word on the right of the cursor.

How often do you use Home and End keys? Everybody has both on their keyboards, but what for? So here are some ways how to use them at least to the half of the fullest:

Home – Goes to the beginning of current line.

End – Goes to the end of current line.

Ctrl+Home – Moves the cursor to the top of the document, while Ctrl+End to the end of it.

Ctrl+Shift+Home – Pressing Ctrl, Shift, and Home all at the same time highlights all text from the current position to the beginning of the text or page.

Ctrl+Shift+End – Pressing Ctrl, Shift, and End all at the same time highlights all text from the current position to the end of the text or page.

Ctrl+B – Bold highlighted text.
If you are writing a document or email and you want to add a heading or emphasize some text then you can quickly make it bold by just highlighting the text and hitting Ctrl+B.

Ctrl+I – Italicize highlighted text.
To call attention to certain words in a block of text italicize by pressing Ctrl+I.

Some things to remember while working with text:
– Do not use italics and underline at the same time;
– Do not italicize parts of larger works. For example, chapters in a book, poems, sections of newspapers, songs on a CD.

Ctrl+U – Underline highlighted text.
If you want to bring importance to some text then you can underline it in 2 steps by just highlighting the text and hitting Ctrl+U.

Ctrl+K – Insert link

Ctrl+ – Move one word to the right at a time

Ctrl+ – Move one word to the left at a time

Ctrl+N – Open new/blank document

F7 – Spell check selected text and/or document

F11 – Toggle full-screen display

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Joyful Jerboa
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2 Comments

  • The most useful that I found is “Ctrl + `” that hides the application. Now, if I could just bind “Esc” to that, that would be great.

    • Leonard, at the moment there is no opportunity to replace Ctrl + ` with Esc because this a system shortcut that cancels other important actions, such as Cancel message boxes, Cancel Search etc. You can replace it with F2 instead.