Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Using Shortcuts

I've been observing people at work lately and I realise that most people don't use keyboard shortcuts, preferring instead to use the mouse. Using the mouse (take it from someone who's had problems with his hand) causes you more trouble than the keyboard.

With Microsoft's products, you're most likely to be able to use the same shortcuts across applications (like Ctrl+C to copy, Ctrl+V to paste, Ctrl+N for a new window, etc.).

Even in Windows there are some great shortcuts that make your job so much easier.

To switch between different windows on your desktop, use Alt+Tab.

To minimise (or alternatively maximise) all the windows on your desktop Windows+D (Windows button is that button between the Alt and Ctrl on most keyboard with the Windows logo on it).

To open Windows Explorer, Windows+E

To open the Search files dialog, Windows+F

Try getting used to windows shortcuts, you'll find that your work speeds up and you'll reduce the use of your mouse, reducing your chance of RSIs (Repeated Stress Injuries).


At 2:59 pm, Blogger Anita said...

Oh. These are really cool tips. Didnt know about it at all.. Thanks so much. U r a bundle of information.


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