How to use keyboard shortcuts, select, copy and paste text

Undoubtedly, today keyboards are extremely necessary to make transcriptions or documents at some point, providing us with great ease, handling and comfort when using them, and not only is wired keyboards enough, but also the innovation of installing bluetooth keyboards on tablets or PCs , which are mostly comfortable due to their remote use and of course on the move.

But as many of us know, keyboards contain shortcuts that we can use for various functions instead of using the mouse or mouse, the option of learning the secrets of the keyboard is much easier for everyone.

That is why having a keyboard is of the utmost importance, since when our mouse becomes damaged or simply does not work when we do not need to perform any action, we have the second tool that is our keyboard, so we must know its uses within the world of computing worldwide.

In this article we will explain how to select a text to copy and paste using the keyboard shortcuts on my PC. So that you facilitate all your tasks in which you require these actions. Well, you can do them in a much easier way.

What are computer shortcuts used for and why should you know about them?

Every day we spend hours and hours in front of a computer or PC screen, but sometimes we have thought about how to work in a more fluid and efficient way, because the answer is very simple, knowing some shortcuts on our keyboard , all the Tasks and activities that we are going to do will become much easier.

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What is the shortcut to select a full text on the PC?

The shortcuts for texts on the PC allow us to work quickly and comfortably, among the most useful we have a combination that will allow us to select text without using the mouse or touchpad, you just have to click on the document and press the keys Ctrl + E and voila, all the text in your document will have been selected.

Select all text in a PDF

The easiest way to select all the text in a PDF is by clicking anywhere and then pressing the Ctrl + A keys in Windows, if you have a Mac you will have to press Command + A and in this way you will have all the text of the document selected.

Select all text from Google Docs

Selecting the text becomes a useful option when you want to modify the font, justify a text or copy it, you just have to click anywhere in the document and press the Ctrl + A keys and voila, you will have selected all the text in a simple way and practice.

How to select parts of text or non-contiguous text

To be able to select parts of a text that are not contiguous we must use both the mouse and the PC keyboard, the first thing you must do is select the first element you need with the mouse, then you must press and hold the Ctrl key and then with the mouse select the next element you want.

Useful and common key combinations

There are key combinations that help us to facilitate work on our PC and perform them more quickly and efficiently, among them we have: 

  • Alt + Tab that will allow us to preview the open windows and select one of them. 
  • Win + Tab will show us all the documents that were recently opened on your PC and gives you the option to generate new desktops and to order and change the programs between the different desktops. 
  • Win + minimize the window you are using. 
  • Win + maximizes the window you are using. 
  • Win + ← or → allows us to move the window to the left or right of the screen and to be able to work in two windows more comfortably. 
  • Alt + Space opens the menu of the window you are using without using the mouse.  

Thanks to these shortcuts we will be able to work more comfortably and speed up the activities carried out on your computer.

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Cut off

If you want to cut text or images in a document or file, you just have to select what you want to cut and then press the Ctrl + X keys for Windows and Command + X for Mac .


As we know at some point in our lives during our activities we have had to select, copy and paste texts in various tools or platforms, which is why it is pertinent to know how to do it directly with the use of the keyboard.

To copy the text, we use the ‘ctrl + c’ keys and quickly and directly the text that we have previously selected will be automatically copied to our clipboard so that we can later place it where we want.


To paste, it is very simple, we press the keys ‘ctrl + v’ and the function will be carried out immediately, this is not only possible in documents, but also in pages that you have searched in our browsers, such as Google Chrome in your latest version , or Firefox.

Most common shortcuts that will be very useful to you

There are common shortcuts used to facilitate the work we do in document programs, it is important to know how to use them to perform our tasks more effectively, some of the most used are:

There is also, ‘ctrl + x’ which means ‘cut’, in the same way it is used for the same as undo, in documents, being an easier way to control what we are doing at the moment in our project.

We have ‘ctrl + d’ that fulfills the function of ‘moving to the recycle bin’, being a very immediate alternative to delete any image or file that we want to be already on our computer.

To select a text what we must do is press the keys ‘ctrl + e’ this will select the text or document that we want, as long as we are in the file obviously.

One of the most used by users is the ‘F6’ key, which is based on movements through the files or elements that we have on the screen, this supplanting the use of the mouse or mouse and allowing a more innovative tool to do this. activity.

In the same way, ‘F5’ allows us to ‘update’ on the screen what we are doing, improving the speed and operation of the equipment, and of course also its performance

Ctrl + Z is for Undo

Among the shortcuts in its general and more pertinent uses, we have, ‘ctrl + z’ this command is used when we are going to ‘undo’ more than anything else is used in Word documents or another program.

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Ctrl + Y Used for Redo

If for some reason you have deleted an action in the text that you wanted to keep, don’t worry you just have to press the Ctrl + Y keys , you can redo what you have deleted quickly and easily.

With Alt + TAB you can quickly switch between windows

This shortcut is very useful, since it will allow us to quickly change from one window to another without using the mouse and clicking, for this we just have to hold down the Alt key and then with the TAB key we select the window you want to access.

Shift + End To select to the end of your cursor line

This combination or shortcut will allow us to select in a text until the end of the line, you just have to put the cursor in the initial position and then press Shift + End to take it to the end of the text line.

Advantages of using the different keyboard shortcuts

One of the greatest advantages is that we will have greater efficiency when performing any action, once we learn to use them we realize that it is much more practical than using the mouse, although it is also possible to install a mouse and keyboard on mobile phones , for a better comfort when performing various functions.

To learn them by heart is very simple, since we can know the positions of the letters that do not change on any keyboard, that is, the letters are located in the same place, which generates a greater advantage.

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