May 6, 2014

Quick Tip: Keyboard Shortcuts

There are generally 3 ways to initiate common commands on a computer: toolbar/menu bar, right click, or keyboard shortcut. Sometimes it is more efficient to keep the hands on the keyboard than to grab the mouse. Each of the district computer labs has posters to remind students (and staff) about these helpful keys. How familiar are you with these common keyboard shortcuts?

Content Selection
  • Control-A = Select all text or content on a page or document
  • Shift-arrow keys = Selects text or content within the movement of the cursor
  • Shift - page down/up = Selects text or content within the movement of the cursor

Timesaver and Lifesaver
  • Control-Y = Repeat, repeats the most recent action or formatting
  • Control-Z = Undo, undoes the most recent action or formatting

Formatting
All of these shortcuts work well with Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Many will also work with web based rich text editors such as those found in Wikispaces, Linkit, and PARCC.
  • Control-B = Bold the selected content
  • Control-I = Italicize the selected content
  • Control-U = Underline the selected content
  • Control-Enter = Force a new page
  • Control-2 = Double space the selected content
  • Control-X = Cut, or remove the selected content and hold for later use
  • Control-C = Copy, or copy the selected content and hold for later use
  • Control-V = Paste, or insert the previously cut or copied content

Note: Each cut or copy clears the memory to allow for the new content.
Mouse shortcut: Another option is to highlight the content to move, then drag and drop to the desired location.


Navigating
These shortcuts work well with most programs, including web browsers and Microsoft Office products. 
  • Control-F = Find, or search the page or document
  • Control-S = Save the document
  • Control-P = Print the document or page
  • Control-N = Open a new document or page