I’m surprised how often I come across people who end up using the mouse to do so much of their work on the computer.  I have been using Ctrl keys for years and they are so simple and easy to use.

The Ctrl key is located in the lower left-hand corner of the keyboard.  For each of these short-cuts hold down the Ctrl key and at the same time press the other relevant letter:

  • Ctrl s for Save
  • Ctrl p for Print
  • Ctrl for Find
  • Ctrl c for Copy
  • Ctrl for Italicize
  • Ctrl b for Bold
  • Ctrl u for Underline
  • Ctrl a to highlight all of the document

Some are less intuitive

  • Ctrl v for paste
  • Ctrl for cut
  • Ctrl Shift End will highlight to the end of the document
  • Ctrl Shift Home will highlight to the beginning of the document
  • Shift End will highlight from where you have your cursor to the end of the sentence
  • Shift Home will highlight to the beginning of the sentence
  • If you highlight a word or title and press Shift F3 you can toggle between upper case, lower case and initial caps by continuing to hold down Shift and press F3.
  • If you want to change the spacing for a paragraph or the whole document, highlight what you want (or press Ctrl a to highlight the whole document) and press Ctrl 1 for single space, Ctrl 2 for double space and Ctrl 5 for space and a half.
  • Ctrl End will bring you to the bottom of the document
  • Ctrl Home will bring you to the top of the document
  • Ctrl n to open a new blank document in Word
  • Ctrl to open a document
  • Ctrl F4 to close the document
  • Alt F4 will close the document and the program.  If you haven’t saved the document, it will prompt you to Save, Don’t Save or Cancel.  Or you can press Ctrl before you close it.

If you learn just one or two a week, I guarantee they will save you considerable time in 2012.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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