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IT Tips & Tricks – Shortcuts for Success!


After our previous post on some of the new Windows 8 shortcuts, we discovered that not as many people as we thought were aware of shortcut keys. They can speed up your workflow tremendously! If you want to learn more, read on…


The use of shortcut keys isn’t a new thing – it’s been around for decades, and it was the way commands were given to software before the advent of the mouse. However, fewer people than you may think actually know and use them. So here’s a small list of the shortcuts we often find ourselves using in day to day tasks, and a small description of what they do.

Most operating systems have a temporary storage area called the clipboard. Copied and cut things go to this temporary storage area when you use these kinds of commands. This allows you to cut or copy from one document or program and paste into another, if the file type is supported.

  • Ctrl + C – Copy – Copies whatever you have selected into the clipboard area.
  • Ctrl + X – Cut – This takes whatever you have selected and cuts it out, storing it in the clipboard area.
  • Ctrl + V – Paste – This pastes whatever you have copied or cut.
  • Ctrl + Z – Undo – This handy little command takes you back a step, undeleting or undoing the last change you made. Many software packages support multiple undo steps, so you can undo several changes made.
  • Ctrl + S – Save – This saves the current document. If you haven’t yet named your document, it will bring up the “Save As…” dialog for you to save your file.
  • Ctrl + P – Print – This prints directly using the default settings. In some software, it will bring up the “Print” dialog.
  • Alt + Tab – Cycle through the windows you have open. Hold down alt and press it several times to keep going through the list. Once you see what you want, just release the buttons. Useful if you have many windows open at once.
  • Alt + F4 – Closes the current program.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Delete – This interrupts whatever the system is doing and brings up a menu. Useful if some of your software has crashed and your computer has stopped responding.
  • Windows Key + D – Shows the desktop. Useful if you have a lot of programs open and quickly need access to the desktop.
  • Windows Key + L – Lock the computer (for example if you need to go away from your desk).

So that’s our little list, feel free to print it out and keep it handy. Keep a lookout for future posts where we’ll include some of the lesser known shortcuts to help increase your productivity even more.


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