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Basic must-know keyboard shortcuts

Here is a list of the basic Keyboard shortcuts that are used, along with their respective functions :

Key Combination Function
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Z Undo
Alt + Tab Switch between open windows
Alt + F4 Close active window
Ctrl + Esc Open the Start menu
Alt + Ctrl + Del Open the Task Manager
Ctrl + A Select all

Cut, Copy and Paste Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are some shortcuts that are useful in the function of Cut Copy and Paste :

Cut - Ctrl + X
Copy - Ctrl + C
Paste - Ctrl + V
Undo last action - Ctrl + Z (This function can be used for undoing many actions including Cut, Copy & Paste)

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Use the Windows Logo key effectively

The Windows Logo key (also known as Start key) is one key on the keyboard that is used very rarely. So, here is a list of functions that can be carried out with the help of the Windows Logo key :

Note : The Windows Logo key is not present in all keyboards.

Key Combinations


Windows Logo Key

Opens the Start menu

Windows Logo Key + F1

Help & Support

Windows Logo Key + R

Run dialog box

Windows Logo Key + M

Minimize all windows

Windows Logo Key + E

Windows Explorer

Windows Logo Key + F

Find files or folders

Windows Logo Key + D

Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop

Windows Logo Key + TAB

Cycle through taskbar buttons

Windows Logo Key + Break

System Properties dialog box

Windows Logo Key + U

Opens the Utility manager

Types of Software

As you know, there are numerous softwares available for various purposes. The softwares are classified by many ways like license, utility, etc. Today, I will explain the license aspect of classification of softwares.

Freeware - The softwares which are available to you completely free of charge with all its features enabled for unlimited use are called freewares.

Retail : The softwares which have to be bought for their usage are called Retail softwares.

Trailware - The softwares which are also available for free but can only be used for a limited amount of times or for a limited duration are called trialwares. Such softwares are created so that users can try out the features of the retail version to know whether the software is useful for them or not.

Demo -: The free software where only few features of the retail version of the same software are enabled is called a demo. It can be used unlimited number of times. These softwares are created to give a glimpse of the retail softwares.

Protect your Keystrokes

As you know, the Internet is used for several productive purposes these days. This includes the usage of credit cards for online purchasing, operating bank accounts through the Internet, etc. Most of the sites that need bank or credit-card information use a strong 128-bit (or 256-bit, in some cases) encryption technique which protects the information entered into the site from unauthorized use by outsiders. But, there are still some sites which do not use such a technique. Thus, the information entered in such sites can be exploited. Hackers can misuse such sensitive information to withdraw money from our bank account & credit card or to use your e-mail account.

In addition to this, there are certain spywares which track your keystrokes & send it to unscrupulous websites. Keystrokes means the buttons pressed on the keyboard. Thus, information like passwords entered are included in keystrokes. Thus, such websites can make use of your personal accounts for their purpose. Though most spywares can be removed by use of anti-spyware softwares, some spywares may still remain on the PC.

Thus, it becomes highly essential to protect your keystrokes. This can be done by encrypting your keystrokes at the moment when they are entered. A powerful keystroke encryption extension for Mozilla Firefox is KeyScrambler. It is highly recommended to use it.

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