As you have already guessed, we are avid computer-users here at VHS! We are continuously looking for ways to make our daily tasks more efficient, and keyboard shortcuts are one way we can do so. Tony Stecca, who is our Head of Web Development and Technology, is known as the “Shortcut King” around the office. So, we thought we could all learn a thing or two from him and requested that he host a seminar about keyboard shortcuts. We wanted to share these tips with you as we thought they could benefit any computer-user.
Tony’s motto: “Avoid the mouse”
Why? Every time you move your hands from the keyboard to the mouse, you’re wasting time!
Tony functions in two keyboard positions – the home position and the control position. The home position is what you learn during typing lessons – index fingers on F and J (where the raised ridges are). The control position allows you to nearly eliminate the mouse from your tasks. When using this approach,
- your left thumb is on the left Alt key
- your left pinky or ring finger is on the left Ctrl key
- your right index, middle, and ring fingers are on the arrow keys.
There are hundreds of possible shortcuts, but we have narrowed ours down to the 22 that we find most useful here at VHS when using the Windows operating system, internet browsers, and Microsoft programs. Leave a comment below if you have any others to share with us!
1. Windows key + ↑ = maximize window
2. Windows key + ↓ = shrink or minimize window
3. Windows key + D = minimize all window/view desktop. Repeat this function to return all windows to previous position.
4. Windows key + ← or →= move window left or right on your screen. This will size the window to be exactly half of your screen.
5. Alt + Tab = repeat this function to move through open applications.
6. Ctrl + T = open a new tab.
7. Ctrl + Shift + T = recovers the last closed tab.
8. Ctrl + Tab = move to the next tab.
9. Ctrl + W = close the current tab.
10. F5 = refresh the page.
11. F6 = move cursor to the multi bar/address bar.
12. Ctrl + O = open.
13. Ctrl + S = save.
14. Ctrl + N = new (email, word doc., etc.).
15. Ctrl + Shift + L = start a new list.
16. Ctrl + K = insert a hyperlink.
17. F12 = save as.
18. Shift + End = select the remainder of the current line of text.
19. Ctrl + A = select entirety of the text in the window (also works in browsers).
20. Ctrl + Shift + ← or → = highlight to the beginning or end of the current word (also works in browsers).
21. When a dialogue box is open, the letter that is underlined in the options will activate that option. For example, No signifies that N will select that option (works in all applications).
22. Alt + F4 = close the application (works in all applications).
Please note that the shortcuts listed above may not function in the same way for all applications or computers.