You Can Save Time With These Computer Shortcuts – Part 1

Are you as busy as me? At the end of the day does your “stack” look bigger than it did in the morning? Yea, we all have more to do in a day than we have hours to do it. So I’m always on the hunt for ways to cut my time and still accomplish the task.

Today I’ll begin a short series of posts where I’ll share some computer shortcuts that will drastically cut the amount of time you spend doing just the basic daily tasks. You can print these out and put them near your computer for a handy reference until they come second nature to you.

These are just some basic shortcuts.

Functions Keys or F Keys (not all F keys have a function)

F1= Universal help key (this works for most Windows programs)

F2= Used to highlight a file or icon in Windows

F3= Used to search for files or folders

F4= Opens a “Find” window

F5= Refresh your screen

F6= Automatically moves your curser to the address bar in Firefox and Internet Explorer

F7= turns Caret Browsing on or off. This feature places a moveable cursor in web pages, allowing you to select text with the keyboard. And is used for spell checking in Microsoft Office products

F8= Access to the Windows Start-up Menu (safe mode)

F9= Initiates the Send and Receive function in Microsoft Outlook

F10= Activates the Menu Bar in Windows applications

F11= Full screen access in most browsers

F12= Activates the Save As screen in Microsoft Office,

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Other Shortcuts:

Home key = Go to the beginning of the current line

Ctrl Home = Go to the beginning of a document

End = Go to the end of a current line

Ctrl End = go to the end of a document

Shift Home = highlight from the current position to the beginning of the line

Shift End = Highlight from the current position to the end of a line

Ctrl A = Select all

Ctrl X = Cut selected

Ctrl C = Copy selected

Ctrl V = Paste selected

Ctrl Z = Undo

Atl Tab = Switch between all open windows (thanks to my son Cory for this one!):)

Atl Shift Tab = Switch backwards between open windows

Ctrl Alt Del = Open Task manager to reboot or close non-responding programs

Shift Delete = Deletes files and programs permanently (Warning!!! Be very careful with this one)

Can you believe you can do so much with just a few function keys and the Ctrl and Atl keys? What a time-saver! Tomorrow we will cover shortcuts for Microsoft Word, so be sure to check back.