Some commonly used keyboard controls for Windows computers include copying an item with the Control and the C key, pasting an item with Control and V or opening a new window with Control and N. Apple computers feature the same functions, but with the Command key instead of Control.
Many of the keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS and Windows involve the same keys for other functions, as well. For example, pressing the P key with either Command or Control initiates a printing function on both computer types. Command or Control along with the F key launches a search or find prompt in many programs. Additionally, Command or Control plus the T key opens a new tab in a Web browser. To reopen a tab after closing it, press Command or Control along with the Shift key and the T key.
Several keyboard shortcuts also utilize the Alt key along with other keys, such as pressing Alt and Tab on a Windows machine to switch between open windows. The same command on a Mac OS machine cycles through open programs. To switch between open windows within a program on a Mac OS machine, press Alt and the tilde key. Mac OS also allows users to take a screenshot by pressing the Command key along with Shift and the number four key.