Yesterday I wrote about how helpful it can be to develop useful habits. I would like to continue that train of thought with today’s post, which reflects those sentiments. My advice for today will take some practice, but it can really come in handy over time.
Learn keyboard shortcuts.
I know it might sound silly or not worth your time, but I am constantly amazed at how frequently I use keyboard shortcuts and I am even more amazed at how much more effective I am on the computer when I use them.
Whether it is the quick use of Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste, hitting Ctrl + B to put text in bold, or randomly useful shortcuts like holding Alt and pressing Tab (if you keep 3-5 windows open at a time, you’ll see why this one is useful), keyboard shortcuts help me use my time much more efficiently when I am on the computer.
I am going to list some of my most used shortcuts, but I would encourage you to use (and share) whatever shortcuts are most useful to you. The results should speak for themselves.
My most-used shortcuts include:
Ctrl + C – Copy
Ctrl + X – Cut
Ctrl + V – Paste
Ctrl + B – Bold
Ctrl + I – Italics
Ctrl + U – Underline
Ctrl + S – Save
Ctrl + Z – Undo
Alt + Tab – Quick switch between windows
Also, I really started focusing on using keys that are not necessarily shortcuts but do help speed along typing efforts. Those keys (which I also recommend learning) include:
Home – Typically in the 6-button cluster above arrow keys (or along the right side of a keyboard on laptops)
End – Same area, below Home button
Delete – Same area, to the left of End
If you have some other useful shortcuts, pass the word along in the comments below. And happy learning. I hope learning keyboard shortcuts helps you as much as it has helped me.
Photo (“Keyboard”) c/o Dan Foy. Thanks Dan!