Speed up your computer commands with shortcuts
Shortcut keys give you a quicker method for controlling the programs on your computer. Shortcut keys often need you to press two or more keys at once and will usually involve the use of the Alt, Ctrl, Shift or Command Key in addition to another single letter key.
A typical example of a written shortcut key is “Ctrl + S”. This indicates that you need to hold down the Ctrl key and then tap the S key at the same time.
As you start to use shortcut keys and remember them you will notice that a number of different applications share the same ones.
Shortcuts In Microsoft Office Applications
Ctrl + N - New File
Ctrl + O – Open new design file
Ctrl + S – Save Changes
Ctrl + P – Print
Ctrl + Z / Ctrl + R – Undo, Redo
Ctrl + X / Ctrl + C / Ctrl + V – Cut, Copy, Paste
Ctrl + A - Select All
Ctrl + B / Ctrl + I / Ctrl + U - Bold, Italic, Underlined
Shortcuts in Skype
Alt + Page Up - Answer Call
Ctrl + Alt + Page Up - Answer call with video
Alt + Page Down - Hang up
Ctrl + U - Show/Hide Offline Contacts
Shortcuts in Internet Explorer
Alt + Home - Go to Home webpage
Alt + arrow right - Go to next webpage
Alt + arrow left – Go to previous webpage
Alt + D (or just F6) - Jump to address bar
Ctrl + T - Open new tab
Ctrl + Enter - Complete a .com address by adding http:// as a prefix and .com as a suffix
Ctrl + +(plus sign) or Ctrl + forward mouse scroll – Zoom in or increase text size
Ctrl + – (minus sign) or Ctrl + backwards mouse scroll - Zoom out or decrease text size
Shortcuts in Safari (for Mac users)
Command + Home or Command + Shift + H - Go to Home webpage
Shift + Delete - Go to next webpage
Delete – Go to previous webpage
Command + click a link - open link in new window
Spacebar - Scroll screen down by a screenful
Windows 7 Shortcuts
Alt + Tab - Cycle through open programs. Hold Alt and continuously press Tab
Windows key + E – Start Windows Explorer
Windows key + L – Lock the computer
Windows key + D - Minimise all windows, press again to restore to previous state
F11 – Turn full-screen view on or off
Mac OS X Shortcuts
Command + Tab - Cycle through open programs. Hold Command and continuously press Tab
Shift + Command + A - Open the applications folder
Shift + Command + H – Open the home folder for logged-in user
Option + Command + M – Minimise all windows
Command + W – Close Window
These aren’t all the shortcuts available by any means, but I have highlighted some of those I believe can be very useful in popular programs – remember that some may overlap from program to program.
You can also find shortcuts in the other programs by looking for either underlined letters in the menus or the more common shortcuts used will be written next to the task they perform. Why not share your favourite shortcuts with us in the comments below?
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