Keyboard hacks that you probably didn’t know

Keyboard hacks that you probably didn’t know

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With just a few simple keystrokes our computers can be turned from troublesome beasts, standing in the way of completing that crucial report or overdue school assignment, into our willing and able servants.

So to save you time and your poor muscles, here are a selection of the most practical shortcuts in a handy cut-out-and-keep guide.

Microsoft Office and Windows

Save…………………Ctrl-S

Print…………………Ctrl-P

Find…………………Ctrl-F

 

Copy…………………Ctrl-C

Paste …………………Ctrl-V

Undo…………………Ctrl-Z

Delete…………………Ctrl-D

Page break……… Ctrl-Enter

 

Change window ……… Alt-Tab

Quit application ……… Alt-F4

Minimise window ……… Alt-Space-N

Maximise window ……… Alt-Space-X

Close sub-window……… Ctrl-F4

Task manager or Windows Security ……… Ctrl-Alt-Delete

 

Screen grab……… Alt-Print screen

Rename file……… F2

Go to address bar……… F6

 

Lock PC…………………Windows-L

Close all windows……… Windows-M

Launch help……… Windows-F1

Switch programme……… Windows-Tab

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Jump to end of document ……… Ctrl-End

Jump to start of document ……… Ctrl-Home

 

Go to last edit ……… Shift-F5

Check spelling ……… F7

 

Select All ……… Ctrl-A

Select a whole word …………………Ctrl-Shift-left/right arrow

Select a whole paragraph ……… Ctrl-Shift-up/down arrow

 

Bold…………………Ctrl-B

Italics …………………Ctrl-I

Underline ……… Ctrl-U

All capitals……… Ctrl-shift-A

Copy Format Ctrl-shift-C

 

EXCEL

Next cell …………………Tab

Previous cell……… Shift-Tab

First cell in row……… Alt-Home

Last cell in row……… Alt-End

Top cell in column……… Alt-Page Up

Last cell in column……… Alt-Page Down

Repeat function……… F4

Google Mail

Compose new message …………………Shift-C

Reply…………………Shift-R

Reply all …………………Shift-A

Forward …………………Shift-F

Save a draft ……… Ctrl-S

Delete…………………#

Label…………………l

 

Mark as read ……… Shift-I

Mark as unread ……… Shift-U

Select all mail……… * then A

Deselect all mail……… * then N

Go to sentmail……… G then T

Go to contacts……… G then C

 

Search (puts cursor in search box) ……… /

Move to next message …………………N

Move to previous message …………………P

Open a conversation ……… O

Report spam ……… !

 

To turn on these shortcuts on or off, click Settings, and then select the option Keyboard shortcuts

Google Docs

Print …………………Ctrl-P

Save …………………Ctrl-S

Go to full screen ……… Ctrl-Shift-F

 

Undo…………………Ctrl-Z

Redo …………………Ctrl-Y

Copy …………………Ctrl-C

Cut …………………Ctrl-X

Paste…………………Ctrl-V

Select all…………………Ctrl-A

 

Full justify……… Ctrl-F

Left alignment ……… Ctrl-l

Centre alignment ……… Ctrl-E

 

Bold…………………Ctrl-B

Underline ……… Ctrl-U

Italics…………………Ctrl-I

 

Go to last cell……… Ctrl-End

Go to first cell……… Ctrl-Home

Move to next worksheet……… Ctrl-Page Down

Move to previous worksheet……… Ctrl-Page Up

If you are using a Mac, you can use these shortcuts by replacing Ctrl with the Command Key ( ).

Apple Mac

Open document ……… Command-O

Save …………………Command-S

Print …………………Command-P

Find …………………Command-F

Select All ……… Command-A

Cut …………………Command-X

Copy…………………Command-C

Paste …………………Command-V

Undo…………………Command-Z

Switch application ……… Command-Tab

Quite Application ……… Command-Q

Close …………………Window Command-W

Close all open windows …………………Command-Option-W

To click “OK” in dialogue boxes ……… Return key

Move item to trash ……… Command-Backspace

Empty trash ……… Command-Shift-Backspace

New window (Finder)…………………Command-N

Minimise window……… Command-M

Hide/Show Dock……… Command-Option-D

Open “Computer” folder …………………Command-Option-C

Open “Home” folder ……… Command-Option-H

Open Applications ……… Command-Option-A

Force Quit……… Command-Option-ESC

These shortcuts apply to Mac OS 8 or newer, and most work in Mac OS X. Command is the key labelled ‘ ‘ and Option is the key labelled “Alt” on most keyboards.

Adobe Photoshop

Undo, multiple times Ctrl-Alt-Z

Hand/move tool ………  Spacebar

Switch document ………  Ctrl-Tab

New layer ………  Ctrl-Shift-N

New layer ………  Ctrl-Shift-Atl-N

Duplicate layer ………  Ctrl-J

Fit to window ………  Ctrl-0

Re-run filter ………  Ctrl-F

Fade filter ………  Ctrl-Shift-F

And remember…

You’ll need a Standard 101/102 Key or Natural PS/2 Keyboard to use these shortcuts. Except on a Mac, where you’ll require a Mac-branded keyboard. And in most programs, further help can be found by searching for keyboard shortcuts in the help menu (Press F1 in Windows and Command-? on a Mac for this menu).

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