Friday, November 21, 2008

Keyboard Shortcuts

Your Keyboard Can Do More Than You Think It Can

Every now and again we like to revisit the perennial topic of keyboard shortcuts, because even expert users can benefit from a refresher every now and again. If you’ve ever seen your office computer guru switching between windows and performing complex editing tasks using just the keyboard, you know how useful just a few of these tricks can be. We’ve put in our favorite shortcuts below – but go to Microsoft Support for the full list. You’ll be amazed at how much you can do without ever touching your mouse. (And if you ever have a mouse driver problem, you’ll still be able to work while you’re remedying the issue.)


All Caps                                 CTRL+SHIFT+A

Change Case                           SHIFT+F3

Change Window                     ALT+TAB

Close Window                        CTRL+W

Copy                                       CTRL+C

Create New Document           CTRL+N

Cut                                          CTRL+X

Date Field                               ALT+SHIFT+D

Doc Maximize                         CTRL+F10

Find                                         CTRL+F

Hanging Indent                       CTRL+T

Hyperlink                                CTRL+K

Next Misspelling                     ALT+F7

Open Saved Document           CTRL+O

Paste                                        CTRL+V

Save                                        CTRL+S or SHIFT+F12 or ALT+SHIFT+F2

Save As                                   F12

Select All                                CTRL+A

Spellcheck                               F7

Thesaurus                                SHIFT+F7

Time Field                               ALT+SHIFT+T

Keyboard shortcuts will spare your wrists from excessive mousing strain – and they will save you time, as well. Save your mouse for navigating the Web or working with specialized software. For general Office tasks like Word and Excel, you can almost always do what you’re doing faster if you know the right shortcuts!


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