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Keyboard Shortcuts for the Busy Educator

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts.  There are A TON out there – just try googling “keyboard shortcuts” to see what I mean! – but most of them are impractical for educators.

These are the ones that really will make your life easier, and hopefully these will cut down on time searching through programs and apps for what you need!


To print in any program: Ctrl + P

To extend your screen (so your projector shows the assignment but you can keep using your laptop for other work), use the Windows key (looks like the Microsoft Windows icon): Windows + P and choose “Extend”. Windows + P and choose “Duplicate” to return to normal.

Search for a keyword or phrase in any program / document: Ctrl + F

To zoom in on your window (this makes all font bigger): Ctrl + plus sign.  To zoom back out: Ctrl + minus sign

To search for any file: Windows + F

To show all open windows 3D style: Windows + tab

To copy and paste: Select text, ctrl + c to copy and ctrl + v to paste

To cut and paste: Select text, ctrl + x to cut and ctrl + v to paste

For quick font formatting: ctrl + b to bold, ctrl + i to italicize, and ctrl + u to underline