Before there were mice…

When I started using a computer in the early 1990’s, there was only a keyboard. There was no mouse to move around and help me to get in and out of places.

If I wanted to delete something, I would highlight it by putting my curser at one spot – drag it to the next to highlight it, and then select CTL+D to delete it.

miceTo copy something, I would highlight it and then select CTL+C to copy it and select CTL+V to paste it.

Remember, once you copy something you can paste it anywhere. If you write a document in MS Word and copy it, you can paste it to your blog, into a job application, as a comment in a browser… anywhere.

This tip can save you tons of time because you can write in MS Word and spell check it and then copy and paste it. If the internet goes down or for some reason rejects your input – that’s ok because you still have it saved as a Word document and you can copy and paste it again.

I still use many of these shortcuts because it’s easier to keep my fingers on the keyboard instead of reaching for the mouse. Here are the shortcuts I use daily:

  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic
  • CTRL+P: Print
  • CTRL+F: Find a word or phrase in a document
  • CTRL+HOME: Takes you to the start of the document
  • CTRL+END: Takes you to the end of the document

Ever have too many windows open and you just want to see something on your desktop and hate having to close each window one by one? A simple and quick way to view the desktop immediately is to click the Windows logo (find the logo at the bottom row of the keyboard on the left) + D and you’ll be looking at your desktop. All those other applications are still there and still open. To view them, select Alt + Tab.

  • Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop

These shortcuts come in handy when you’re using a laptop and are using too much time trying to remember where all these commands are. They’re right here!

Another Great Time saver:

When you’re working on your desktop and want to find a file, select Windows Logo+R and a dialog box will open up. Enter the name of the file, folder, image, document or whatever it is and it will open it up for you. Very cool indeed!

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