Friday, February 26, 2010

To Mouse or Not to Mouse. That is the Question

Ever wonder what you would do if your PS2 mouse stopped working? How would you shut down your computer?

Save time and steps using these helpful shortcuts without ever taking your hands off the keyboard!

How many times have you watched someone else work on their computer and rarely touch the mouse, wondering the entire time how in the world they do that? Or, you and a co-worker are working on a project together and your co-worker finishes everything much more quickly. They say it is because they know how to use their keyboard shortcuts.

The fact is, we have become so accustomed to using the mouse, we forget we have the ability to use keyboard commands. Keyboard commands are quite useful and often time saving.

Most all windows based programs can be navigated using the keyboard. Placing the cursor over menus often displays the "tool tip" which supplies the keyboard command shortcut as well.

Try using some of the following keyboard shortcut. Try it, you’ll like it!

F1- Opens "Help".

F3 - Finds the next record.

F5 - Refreshes page. In Word or other Windows programs, opens "Find and Replace" or "Go To" utility. F5 will also load email in Outlook Express or WWindows Mail too!

F7- Opens "Spell Checker".

Home - Moves cursor to the beginning of a sentence.

End - Moves cursor to end of sentence.

Insert - Opens or begins a new record.

Page up - Allows you to navigate up through the document you are viewing.

Page Down - Allows you to navigate down through the document you are viewing.

Ctrl+Delete - Deletes the current record you are viewing.

Alt+F4 - Closes an open program.

Alt+Tab – Allows you to switch between open programs/windows.

Ctrl+A - Selects the entire text on the page you are currently viewing.

Ctrl+B - Assigns the text to be in bold font.

Ctrl+C – Copies the information highlighted.

Ctrl+D - Opens the "Default Font and Character Spacing" options in Word.

Ctrl+F - Opens "Find" utility.

Ctrl+G - Opens "Find and Replace, Go to Page Number" box.

Ctrl+H - Opens "Find What" utility.

Ctrl+I – Assigns text to be in italics.

Ctrl+K - Will open the hyperlink utility in Word, Outlook Express and other applicable software programs.

Ctrl+M - Will send and receive mail in Outlook Express. Tab function in Word.

Ctrl+N - Allows you to create a new folder. Opens a new window identical to the currently viewed window. Opens a new email message in Outlook Express.

Ctrl+O - Opens up the available files so that you may choose whatever file you wish to open.

Ctrl+P - Opens the "Print" utility allowing you to create a print job.

Ctrl+S - Will save your work. In some programs the selected text will be stricken out.

Ctrl+U - Assigns text to be underlined.

Ctrl+V - Pastes what you have copied.

Ctrl+X – "Cut" function.

Ctrl+Z - Undo typing.

There are tons more keyboard commands available at the tips of your fingers. Microsoft has a great list of keyboard functions keyboard functions These apply to windows based software.

If you are a Mac Fan, there are Apple shortcuts as well.

Get cozy with your keyboard. You will LOVE IT!

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