21 Things - Basics

Q3 Shortcuts

1. Basics


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 Statement

  • do shortcuts on my computing device
  • teach three shortcuts to others

Key Vocabulary

Shortcuts: Shortcuts are keystrokes that command your computer and are a quicker way to move through tasks

Individuals: Individuals are each distinctive person in your class

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



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

Chromebook Shortcuts

Chromebook Shortcuts

Shortcuts for the Chromebook (a Google Doc), pdf version

Take this 9 question shortcuts Quiz for the Chromebook, or use it for practice. Good luck!

iPad Shortcuts and Tips


1. Open this shortcuts document (PDF, Google Doc).

2. Open a word processing document on your iPad.

3. Watch the video below for iPad shortcuts and tips. Pause the video to try five or more shortcuts shown on screen. 

Video Document (direct link)

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

PC and Mac Shortcuts

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.

Video Document(direct link)

4. Try this PC Quiz or Mac Quiz

For more Windows and Mac shortcuts, check out Wacky Shortcuts to Know (PDF, Google Doc) and More Mac Shortcuts (PDF) (starting up, shutting down, logging out, etc.).

Windows Surface & Pro Shortcuts

Check out this table of shortcuts for the Surface Surface Pro, and RT Gesture Shortcuts Gdoc or PDF.

Windows 10 Shortcuts

Windows 10 Shortcuts

1. Review the  Windows 10 Snap Shortcuts 

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

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

Completing this Quest

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

6. Write up a short 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?

  Suggested Report Rubric  (Word)(Google Docs)


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

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Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students

Empowered Learner

d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

ISTE Standards for Students

Empowered Learner
d. same as above

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA.Literacy.CCRA.W.4  Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.