The mouse was a fantastic invention. Back in 1981, the first one was introduced for use with a Personal Computer; in fact, you can go as far back as 1964 to find the first prototypes, invented by Douglas Engelbart. Today, you can hardly get a computer without one and some features require a pointing device of some kind to access. But most features can still be accessed by keyboard alone, and many are more efficient when accessed via keyboard shortcuts. This month I share a few of my favorites with you.
To use these shortcuts press and hold the "modifier key" such as Shift, Control, Alt, or the Windows Key ( ), then press and release the key for the shortcut.
|Arrow Keys||Move around the document|
|Shift + Arrow Keys||Select text|
|Ctrl + Arrow Keys||Move a word at a time|
|Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys||Select a word at a time|
|Home||Go to the beginning of the current line|
|Ctrl + Home||Go to the beginning of the current document|
|End||Go to the end of the current line|
|Ctrl + End||Go to the end of the current document|
|Key Combo||Function||Key Combo||Function|
|Ctrl + X||Cut||Ctrl + B||Bold|
|Ctrl + C||Copy||Ctrl + U||Underline|
|Ctrl + V||Paste||Ctrl + I||Italic|
|Ctrl + A||Select All||F2||Rename|
|Ctrl + Z||Undo||F3||Search|
|Ctrl + Y||Redo||F5||Refresh|
|Windows + M||Minimize Open Windows||Windows + E||My computer|
|Windows + Up Arrow||Maximize Current Windows||Windows + Down Arrow||Minimize Current Window|
These are just a few of my most commonly used shortcuts. They keep me from constantly reaching for my mouse to perform regularly used functions. It may not seem like a lot of time or effort to save with each operation, but it definitely adds up over time.