Learning the Ropes

With Windows shortcuts users can save themselves a lot of time by quickly hitting a couple keystrokes instead of typing everything long hand. Once a user starts to master the art of the shortcut he or she will never want to change back.  The Windows shortcuts can be used to:

  • Bring up documents in a hurry
  • Edit folders, files, documents within seconds
  • Improve accuracy on the keyboard and mouse

With lighting fast speed at your fingertips, using shortcuts during Windows programming has never been made simpler. Now any user can learn, with a few quick lessons, how to perform tasks that would have taken them minutes to do in a matter of seconds. When it comes time to work on a big project, the user cannot afford to take the chance of losing so many minutes. Shortcuts help, and all it takes is taking the time to learn each other and use them whenever the time comes to make use of these shortcuts.

Cutting it Short

The Windows shortcuts functions are good to know when you’re in the need to hurt with an important document. Here are some ways in which shortcuts have helped out other users.

  • In most Windows documents, instead of clicking on file and then save, the user can simply click CTRL+S to make an automatic save of the document.
  • In the same manner, CTRL+O will open a new document or file. CTRL+B will bold highlighted words, CTRL+I will italicize and CTRL+U will underline.
  • Instead of clicking and scrolling in order to select an entire paragraph, simply clicking on the paragraph three times will automatically select the whole thing
  • When working with multiple files, going to the file menu and holding Shift will change close and save to “close all” and “save all” meaning you can save or close all the documents at once.

It can just keep going like this. There are so many shortcuts to learn, and taking the time to learn them all will benefit any user over time.

Starting Simple

Of course some of these shortcuts can be hard to remember. However, not all of them are all that tough. Copy and pasting is one of the easier things that people learn how to do when using a document. Highlighting the text, right clicking, hitting copy or paste and then clicking to a new spot and hitting copy or paste is already implanted in the subconscious of the users. However, simply using the keyboard and typing CTRL+C and CTRL+V will make any highlighted word or sentence copied and pasted immediately. Starting with these two the user can then  branch off and learn other types of Windows shortcuts.

The Button

Then of course there is the ultimate shortcut out of all the Windows shortcuts. The Windows button, located on the keyboard next to the CTRL button, is a one stop press to get the user to any opened document or program. Dozens of them could be up at one time, but simply having that button will give the users access to open any one of them up on the screen.


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