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 f for Find
- Ctrl c for Copy
- Ctrl i 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 x 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 o 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 s before you close it.
If you learn just one or two a week, I guarantee they will save you considerable time in 2012.