Using computers is now more of a requirement than a luxury in our daily lives, and the ability to use a keyboard effectively is more important in the workplace than it ever has been in the past. Many of us are simply unaware that there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts available for us to use. Mastering them can help us improve our productivity at work, and save us quite a bit of time and effort in the long run. We’ve listed seven of our favorite keyboard shortcuts that you should master if you have not already.
Copy (Ctrl + C), Cut (Ctrl + X) and Paste (Ctrl + V)
The Copy (Ctrl + C), Cut (Ctrl + X) and Paste (Ctrl + V) functions are certainly some of the most used keyboard shortcuts, and if you have not already mastered them then these should be the first item to focus on. A Little known fact is that you can use Ctrl + Insert to also copy text.
Undo (Ctrl + Z)
If you make a quick typo, or accidentally delete a paragraph in your email, you can quickly hit Ctrl + Z to undo your most recent edit. Hitting it multiple times will also undo multiple changes. Conversely, if you wish to redo a change, just hit Ctrl + Y.
Find (Ctrl + F)
This function opens up a search bar in your Internet browser, Word document or Excel document, allowing you to search for specific text in a document. This is particularly helpful for finding a specific item on a page that has a lot of text or information, and it can save you considerable time doing so.
Delete Words (Ctrl + Backspace)
If you’re working on a word document, and you want to delete an entire sentence quickly, try using Ctrl + backspace to delete whole words at a time instead of letters. Additionally, if you want to navigate between words or paragraphs in a document quickly, then use Ctrl + Arrows to do so.
Highlight Text (Shift + Arrows)
When working on a document, hold the Shift key while navigating with the arrows to highlight text. Add the Ctrl key to highlight multiple words at a time.
Switch Between Tabs (Ctrl + Tab)
Use Ctrl + Tab to quickly switch between open tabs in a program. This can be used often in a web browser or in an excel document. To move in reverse, add the shift key into the mix.
Go to File Menu (Alt + F)
Universal in almost all Windows programs, use Alt + F to instantly go to the file menu. This is particularly helpful when used in programs that you are unfamiliar with.
Learning and using these shortcuts at first might be a bit of a pain, and it would certainly be easier to revert back to your old habits. However, they are something that you grow into using, they quickly become second nature, and ultimately you will end up falling in love with them.
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