Have you ever been sitting at your computer working on your latest
project, and wanted to quickly save a document without dealing with
that pesky mouse? Want to prove to your boss that you are the
master of efficiency? Want a way to quickly hide that new
proposal from prying eyes? Keyboard shortcuts are the answer!
This month I thought I would go over some basic useful shortcut keys on
your computer. Most of the basic menu commands (such as File, Edit, and View) can be
easily accessed by holding down the Alt Key, and then the first
letter of the function you wish to open.
Alt + F = File
Alt + E = Edit
Alt + V = View
Alt + F4 = Close Application
Most programs have the key you need to hit in conjunction with Alt
underlined. The Ctrl (control) key can also be used to perform many shortcut
functions. Press both of the following keys simultaneously:
Ctrl + A = Select All
Ctrl + S = Save
Ctrl + Home = This will quickly take you to the beginning of a page or
Ctrl + End = This will quickly take you to the
end of a page or document.
Ctrl + W = Closes
current window, but leaves the application open.
Ctrl + Z = Undo
The three commands I use the most are Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V.
Ctrl + C = Copy
Ctrl + V = Paste
Ctrl + X = Cut
Many of these will also work on an Apple, but instead of Ctrl hold down
the Cmnd button.
The windows Key is located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most
Windows key + Pause/Break Key = System properties
Windows + D = Show Desktop.
Hitting it again will quickly bring back all of your
documents and programs. This is a great tool to quickly access
your desktop instead of trying to minimize a bunch of open windows.
Finally the following three shortcuts
can be very helpful when browsing the internet.
If you want to find even more
shortcuts, just hit Ctrl + E, Alt + D, type Google, Ctrl +
Enter, and search away!
Ctrl + Right Enter = This allows you
to enter in the main website name, and then auto fill in the rest.
If you want to visit Google simply type Google into your address
bar. Then hit Ctrl + Enter. Your browser will then
auto-fill in the rest of the address with
Ctrl + Right Click = Over-ride pop-up
blocker. This command works for most pop-up blockers.
Simply hold down the Shift Key while clicking on a link, and it will
not be blocked by your pop-up blocker. Unfortunately this does
not over-ride either the Firefox or Norton Antivirus Pop-up blocker
Shift + Right Click = Open link in
new window. This command allows you to open a link in a new
window. Shift + Left Click will allow you to open a window in
a new Tab.
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