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Monday, July 6, 2009

Tech: Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts

Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts

Learn how to use these keyboard shortcuts and increase your efficiency. Instead of going back and forth between keyboard and mouse, and searching through menus, you can use the following shortcuts to speed up some of the most common activities:

Basic Keyboard Shortcuts:
Ctrl + X = Cut
Ctrl + C = Copy
Ctrl + V = Paste
Ctrl + Z = Undo
Ctrl + Y = Re-do
Ctrl + P = Print
Ctrl + A = Select All (In an open document, this will select all the text; in an open explorer window, this will select all the files.)

Windows Shortcuts:
Alt + Tab = Toggle between open windows and programs
Windows logo key + D = Show Desktop
Windows logo key + M = Minimize all windows
Ctrl + Alt + Del = Reboot/Windows Task Manager

Document Shortcuts:
Ctrl + N = Opens new document
Ctrl + B = Bold
Ctrl + U = Underline
Ctrl + I = Italic
Home = Move insertion point to the beginning of the line
End = Move insertion point to the end of the line
Ctrl + Home = Move insertion point to the beginning of document
Ctrl + End = Move insertion point to the end of document
Shift + Home = Highlight the line from the insertion point to the beginning of the line
Shift + End = Highlight the line from the insertion point to the end of the line
Ctrl + ← = Move the insertion point to the left one word at a time
Ctrl + → = Move the insertion point to the right one word at a time
Shift + ← = Highlight text to the left of the insertion point
Shift + → = Highlight text to the right of the insertion point
Ctrl + Shift + ← = Highlight whole words to the left of the insertion point
Ctrl + Shift + → = Highlight whole words to the right of the insertion point

Did you also know that you can set up shortcuts for frequently-used programs?

Navigate to the shortcut for the program in the Start Menu or on your Desktop , right-click on the shortcut, and click on Properties .

Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts

Click anywhere in the Shortcut key Box , assign a letter or number to the program, and click OK .

Time-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts

In order to launch the program, use the Ctrl + Alt + [Shortcut Key] key combination.


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