Word Tips: Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 13: Basic Keyboard Shortcuts


Basic keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are a combination of keys you can press to perform a variety of common tasks like copying, pasting, saving, and printing. Knowing a few simple yet essential keyboard shortcuts will enable you to execute common functions faster than you could using a mouse.

Watch the video below to learn several common shortcuts.


  1. To select all text in a document, press Ctrl+A on your keyboard.
  2. To copy the selected text, press Ctrl+C.
  3. To paste the copied text, press Ctrl+V.
  4. To undo the last action, press Ctrl+Z.
  5. To redo the last action, press Ctrl+Y.
  6. To save a document, press Ctrl+S.
  7. To print a document, press Ctrl+P.

Note that the shortcuts for copy, save, and print all start with the same letter as the command itself. The other ones might be trickier to remember (at first), but once you get the hang of them, they can definitely start saving you time.

The next unit provides more helpful tips for using Word. The lessons are a little longer, but as you start to master the program, it’s worth learning the ins-and-outs so that you’re well on your way to becoming an “old pro.”