26 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Teacher Should Know
Windows + D
Show the desktop
Got a thousand windows open? Find your desktop again with this shortcut. Use it again to reopen everything just like it was.
Windows + →
Snap window right
Trying to get side-by-side windows? Snap one to the right and one to the left of your screen.
Windows + ←
Snap window left
Windows + ↑
Quickly maximize and minimize your active window.
Windows + ↓
Alt + Tab
Cycle through your active windows. Especially great if you have students hiding social media in the background on their devices. They’ll think you’re magic when you do it.
Windows + L
When you step away for a minute, quickly lock down your computer to keep your data safe.
Windows + 1-9
The programs you regularly use on your taskbar can be fired up quickly with this shortcut. Number 1 is the first program next to the Start button, then it goes to the right.
Windows + P
Duplicate, extend, or set to 2nd screen only. Keep pressing ‘P’ to cycle through the options.
MS Office/Google Docs
Ctrl + Spacebar
When you want to go from red, bold and superscripted back to your default font, use this shortcut instead of clearing each formatting change individually.
Ctrl + Shift + >
Increase font size
You can’t necessarily tell if you need a font size of 42. Use these shortcuts to adjust your text to the perfect size.
Ctrl + Shift + <
Decrease font size
Ctrl + Z
My all-time favorite. You can feel empowered to take risks and make mistakes, knowing that Undo is always waiting for you.
Ctrl + Shift + F5
Stop starting your presentation over all the time. Fire it from whatever slide you’re on with this shortcut.
Ctrl + Shift + T
When you have a “Doh!” moment and close the tab you were working in, you can get it right back, no harm done.
Ctrl + Shift + D
If you’re doing research with a whole bunch of open tabs, use this to bookmark them into their own folder.
Ctrl + W
Stop trying to click on the little ‘x’ on the tab. Just “ctrl + w” to close it out.
Ctrl + L
Select the entire URL at the top. Works great when paired with the classic “Ctrl + C” then “Ctrl + V” into an email or document.
Ctrl + Alt + B
I like my bookmark bar, but sometimes I could just use the screen space. Get it out of the way (and bring it back) with this shortcut.
Ctrl + Click
Open link in
Need to browse search results quickly? Never leave the page you’re on, open the links in new tabs behind the one you have active.
Ctrl + Shift
+ Q + Q
Quickly sign yourself out of the Chromebook you’re using.
Ctrl + Alt + ↑
Since these two keys don’t exist on Chromebooks, I had to learn them quickly to not lose my mind.
Ctrl + Alt + ↓
Once you’ve taken your shot, it’s saved to your Downloads folder (default). Click “Copy to Clipboard” on the pop-up if that’s what you want to do with it.
Ctrl + Shift +
Partial screen shot
Alt + Click
You can also use a two-finger tap to do the same thing.
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