42+ Text-Editing Keyboard Shortcuts That Work Almost Everywhere

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts

Whether you’re typing an email in your browser or writing in a word processor, there are 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 applications support the majority of them. Many are built into the standard text-editing fields on Windows and other operating systems.


Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts used for text editing purposes

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

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
Page Up – Move cursor up a frame
Page Down – Move cursor down a frame

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 keys to 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 current line
Shift+End – Select the text between the cursor and the end of the current line
Shift+Ctrl+Home – Select the text between the cursor and the beginning of the text entry field
Shift+Ctrl+End – Select the text between the cursor and the end of the text entry field
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

Editing

You can really speed up text-editing by using the Ctrl keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste text.
Ctrl+C, Ctrl+Insert – Copy selected text
Ctrl+X, Shift+Delete – Cut selected text
Ctrl+V, Shift+Insert – Paste text at cursor
Ctrl+Z – Undo
Ctrl+Y – Redo

Formatting
Ctrl+B – Bold
Ctrl+I – Italic
Ctrl+U – Underline

Functions

Ctrl+F – Find. This opens the find dialog in most applications to search for text — I’ve even seen it work in some applications that didn’t have a Find option in their menus.
F3 – Find next
Shift+F3 – Find previous
Ctrl+O – Open
Ctrl+S – Save
Ctrl+N – New document
Ctrl+P – Print                           
These short-cuts are particularly useful in text editors:
Alt – Activate application’s 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

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