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Tips & Tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts

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If you’re looking for ways to be more efficient at work, keyboard shortcuts should be at the top of your list. Here, we’ll cover a variety of commonly used keyboard shortcuts.

Copy (CTRL-C)

Copy (CTRL-C)

This shortcut is perfect when you want to copy data between two applications because CTRL-C will place the text you highlight into the Windows Clipboard without deleting it from the existing location.

Cut (CTRL-X)

Cut (CTRL-X)

CTRL-X is the shortcut you’ll want to use when you want to delete the existing text or numbers from one section and place it into another section.

Paste (CTRL-V)

Paste (CTRL-V)

A companion to both the Copy and Cut shortcuts, CTRL-V is the keyboard shortcut you’ll press once you’ve opened the program or document into which you wish to place the copied or cut content.

Print (CTRL-P)

Print (CTRL-P)

CTRL-P is the nearly universal keyboard shortcut for the Print command within an application.

Save (CTRL-S)

Save (CTRL-S)

By pressing CTRL-S, you can save without moving your mouse up to the Save button or looking for the Save command within the menu structure.

Select All (CTRL-A)

Select All (CTRL-A)

Need to highlight and copy all of the text? Press CTRL-A and all of the text in the document will be highlighted for you.

Open (CTRL-O)

Open (CTRL-O)

CTRL-O is a big time-saver when the Open option is hidden within the menu of an application. Minimize All Windows

 (Windows-M)

(Windows-M)

Need to open a file or click a shortcut that’s located on your Desktop? Hold down Windows logo key and the M key to minimize every application you have open. This shortcut is also handy when you have multiple applications open and want to switch to another one, because you won’t need to minimize them individually.

Search for files & folders (Windows-F)

Search for files & folders (Windows-F)

This keyboard shortcut brings up the same search tool that you see if you enter a term into the Search field of Windows Explorer. The system will examine your hard drive, including the text contents and file properties, for an occurrence of your search term.

Lock computer (Windows-L)

Lock computer (Windows-L)

Use this keyboard shortcut when you step away from your computer and want to ensure that no one uses your machine while you’re gone. It will bring up a screen where you can press CTRL-ALTDELETE and then log in with the username and password you enter when Windows starts up.

Permanently delete a file (SHIFT-DELETE)

Permanently delete a file (SHIFT-DELETE)

When you delete a file, it’s usually transferred to the Windows Recycle Bin. But with sensitive files, you may prefer that they are immediately and permanently removed from the hard drive. To do so, select the file and press SHIFT-DELETE to remove the file without sending it to the Recycle Bin.

Windows 8-Specific Keyboard Shortcuts

Start windows narrator (Windows-ENTER)

Brings up the Windows Narrator dialog, from which you can choose options to have content read aloud to you.

Open Charms (Windows-C)

Opens the Windows 8 Charms menu

Share (Windows-H)

Brings up options for sharing a file, image, or video with someone else

Open the app bar (Windows-Z)

Opens the Windows 8 App Ba

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