Keep these up your sleeve like a magician and bring them out when you want to show off to others. You can help by sharing these tips with friends and family once you learn them. Scroll below for shortcuts and tips for the Mac, PC, Windows 10, and Chromebook.

I Can Statements

  • do shortcuts on my computing device
  • teach three shortcuts to others
  • split my screen to see more than one window or application at one time

Key Vocabulary

Individuals: Individuals are each distinctive person in your class

Shortcuts: Shortcuts are keystrokes that command your computer and are a quicker way to move through tasks. Here are four common ones to drag and match. 

Split Screen: Being able to see more than one window or application on your screen at the same time.

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link


Complete the steps for the content block appropriate to your computing device.

Note: Expand the applicable content boxes below using the + symbol on the menu line.

Do you already know four basic shortcuts? Try dragging the correct shortcut to the action.


Chromebook Shortcuts


1. Start with understanding the basic gestures and try them out:
18 iPad Tricks You Didn't know Existed - iPadOS 14! YouTube (10:08)

  • tap
  • touch and hold
  • swipe and swipe right and swipe left
  • scroll
  • zoom
  • pinch
  • multitasking
  • notifications
  • spotlight

2. Then explore more tips in a few minutes of time and practice them:


iPad gestures every teacher and students should know

Direct link to this video

3. Select two things you want to learn from the lists of tips in the articles below, AND Share it with a friend if you find it helpful.

10 Great Shortcuts from LifeWire

  • Put an Extra App on the dock
  • Using Spotlight Search
  • Hidden control center
  • Virtual Touchpad
  • Create your own shortcuts
  • Shake to Undo
  • Split the keyboard
  • Tap a word to get a definition
  • Download previously purchased apps
  • Take Quick Screenshots

 8 Hidden iPad Secrets that will Turn you into a Pro 

  • Tap the title bar to get back to the top
  • Skip the Apostrophe (auto-correct will take care of it)
  • Virtual Touchpad
  • Spotlight search to find music and open apps
  • Garage Band, iMovie, iWork (all included)
  • Download Free Books
  • Move an app to the dock
  • Have your iPad Read text out loud for you (text-to-speech)


1. Open a word processing document (Word or Google Doc).

2. Watch the video below and pause it while you try at least five of the shortcuts using the document. 

Direct link to this video

3. If you have a Chromebook, use the Chromebooks using Google Docs

4. For more Windows and Mac shortcuts check out:

5. Try this Basics: PC-Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Quiz or Basics: Macintosh Keyboard shortcuts Quiz to test your knowledge. 

5. Watch the How to Use Split View on your Mac-Apple, YouTube video.

  • Hover your pointer over the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. Or click and hold the button.
  • Choose ”Tile Window to Left of Screen” or ”Tile Window to Right of Screen” from the menu. ...
  • Click a window on the other side of the screen to begin using both windows side by side.

Windows 10 Shortcuts

1. Step 1: Drag and drop your first window into the corner you want to snap it to. Alternatively, press the Windows key and left or right arrow, followed by the up or down arrow. Step 2: Do the same with a second window on the same side and you will have two snapped into place.

2. Review this list of Windows 10 shortcuts and try five of them.

3. Complete the Quest using the directions at the bottom.

4. How to's for splitting the screen:

Completing this Quest

Teach at least three shortcuts to two other individuals (a relative, classmate, friend, etc.).

Write up a short tip report. (Rubric for the tip report)

  • Include the names of the individuals you taught them to and which shortcuts you taught them,
  • Explain any observations you made of your teaching session. Was this a new shortcut for them? Did they like learning it? Did you enjoy teaching it?

Try this 3-question knowledge check



Check with your teacher for further directions about saving and sharing your work.

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