Taking Shortcuts

In a computer setting, there are many shortcuts right at our finger tips. They provide a quicker and often easier way of navigating through programs.

Shortcut by definition is an accelerated way of doing something. It provides a person a more direct or more cursory method of achieving a result or arriving at a destination. In a computer setting, there are many shortcuts right at our finger tips. They provide a quicker and often easier way of navigating through programs.

When you choose a Menu function, there are at times characters to the right of the desired function. Those are keyboard shortcuts for that command. As you begin to use the shortcuts and become more familiarized with them, you may find that some are similar or share shortcut keys.

Here are the ten most common shortcuts:

  • Alt + F – File menu options in current program
  • Alt + E  –  Edit options in current program
  • F1 –  Universal Help in almost every Windows-based program
  • Ctrl + A  –  Select all text
  • Ctrl + X  –  Cut selected item
  • Shift + Del  –  Cut selected item
  • Ctrl + C  –  Copy selected item
  • Ctrl + Ins  –  Copy selected item.
  • Ctrl + V  –  Paste
  • Shift + Ins –  Paste
  • Home – Goes to the beginning of current line
  • Ctrl + Home – Goes to the beginning of a document
  • End – Goes to the end of a current line
  • Ctrl + End – Goes to the end of a document
  • Shift + End – Highlights from current position to beginning of a line
  • Ctrl + Left Arrow –  Moves one word to the left at a time
  • Ctrl + Right Arrow –  Moves one word to the right at a time
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