Low vision computer users, especially those who magnify their screens, often experience a harder time navigating out of the application or document body to the Ribbon at the top of the page to access the dropdown options.  But the good news is using keyboard shortcut commands can eliminate a lot of frustration as you avoid multiple steps and being able to stay within the application or document. This can also minimize the need to locate the cursor, thus effectively reducing visual fatigue or possible neck strain.

Below is a list of the 30 most helpful PC keyboard shortcuts that can greatly speed up your work and give your eyes a break.

10 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Alt+TAB: Switch between the most recent two open programs

2. Hold Alt + Press TAB repeatedly: Switch between open programs in Microsoft Windows and other operating systems.

No.1 and No. 2 shortcuts can be hugely useful when low vision users running multiple applications. Just press Alt+Tab and you’ll be able to quickly flick through all your open windows.

3. Ctr + TAB: Switch between open tabs in a browser. 

4. ALT + F4: Close the currently-active window.

5. Windows + D: Show the Desktop.

6. Windows + E: Open File Explorer. 

7. ESC: Escape a window.

8. Windows + Down: Minimize the currently active window.

9. Alt + F4: Shutdown computor.

When pressing AltF4, it brings up a Windows shut-down menu, with the shut-down option already selected by default. Then, just press Enter and you’re done.

10. Ctrl + Shift + ← Left arrow or → Right arrow: Select or unselect one word to the left or right.

Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

11. Ctrl + A: Select all text or other objects

12. Ctrl + C: Copy a text and image you have selected.

13. Ctrl + V: Paste the text or image you just copied.

14. Ctrl + X: Cut.

15. Ctrl + Z: Undo the last change.

16. Ctr + Y: Redo the last change.

17. Ctrl + F: Find.  If you’re in a web browser and want to search text on a web page, pressing Control+F will bring up a search box. Just type in that search box and it’ll locate the text you’re typing on the page.

Essential Web Browser Keyboard Shortcuts

18. Ctrl + N: Open a new browser window.

19. Ctrl + T: Open a new tab.

20. Alt +Home: Open the homepage in the active tab.

21. Ctrl + Page Up: Go to previous tab.

22. Ctrl + Page Down: Go to next tab.

Microsoft Office Shortcuts for Word, Excel, PowerPoint

23. Ctrl + F12: Display the File Open dialog box. 

24. F12: Display the Save As dialog box.

25. Ctrl + S: Display the Save dialog box.

26. Ctrl + W: Close the current file.

27. Ctrl + B: Toggle bold text on and off.

28. Ctrl + U: Underline text.

29. Ctrl + I: Apply or remove italic formatting.

30. F7: Spell Check
Just hit Alt + F7 on your keyboard and it will start with the first misspelled word. If the first highlighted word at the top of the list is correct, just hit Enter. Or you can arrow to the correct one, ignore it, or Add to Dictionary. Hit AltF7 again and it will go to the next misspelled word. This is one of my favorite shortcuts as due to my low vision, I often make many typing mistakes, but this shortcut effectively corrects my typos, like spelling mistakes and extra space!

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