Keyboard shortcuts are an easy way to do things faster, however many computer users don’t use them as they find them hard to remember. So why don’t you have a go at learning the following simple shortcuts- you’ll be surprised at how much easier you’ll find using your computer! Let’s start with some simple shortcuts using the CTRL key:
CTRL+C (Copy); CTRL+X (Cut); CTRL+V (Paste)
CTRL+Z (Undo the last operation); CTRL+Y (Redo the last operation)
CTRL+P (Print); CTRL+S (Save)
CTRL+A (Select all text)
CTRL+O (Open a file)
CTRL+F (Find text in the current page/document)
CTRL+Home (Move the cursor to the beginning of the document)
CTRL+End (Move the cursor to the end of the document)
Slightly less well known but just as useful are:
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
CTRL+SHIFTwith any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
ALT+TAB (Switch between open programmes)
ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
ESC (Cancel the current task)
The following shortcuts work for the majority of internet browsers:
CTRL+T (Open a new browser tab)
CTRL+W (Close current browser tab)
CTRL+L (Select browser address bar)
CTRL+D (Bookmark current website)
F11 Key (Full screen mode). Press F11 again to return
There are shortcut keys within File Explorer:
F3 Key (Search for a file or folder within File Explorer)
ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected file or folder)
F4 Key (Display the Address bar list in File Explorer)
Windows also has its own shortcut keys:
WIN (Display/hide the Start menu)
WIN+D (Display the desktop)
WIN+M (Minimise all open windows)
WIN+Shift+M (Restore the minimised windows)
WIN+E (Open My Computer)
WIN+F (Search for a file or folder within My Computer)
WIN+F1 (Display Windows Help)
WIN+ L (Lock the keyboard)
And finally, in Windows 10:
WIN+any of the arrow keys (Snap current window to the left, right, top or bottom of the screen)
WIN+S (Search the web and Windows with Cortana keyboard function)
WIN+I (Open Windows settings)
WIN+TAB (Open the new Task View interface. Only the windows from your current virtual desktop will appear so use the virtual desktop switcher at the bottom of the screen to switch between virtual desktops)
Happy New Year! Our first blog of 2016 eases us gently into the new year. No scary warnings or technical jargon! Just some helpful tips on using your computer mouse. SHIFT + mouse click To highlight all or part of the text on a website or in a document, simply click the start point of the paragraph you want to select, then hold the SHIFT key, while you click at the end point of what you want to select.
Select with double and triple click Any word can be selected by double-clicking on it. To highlight an entire paragraph, click the mouse button three times on any word within that paragraph. Use the right-click If you have selected text and now wish to cut or copy and paste it elsewhere, right-click the highlighted item, cut or copy it and then right-click anywhere else to paste it. An even easier way is to drag the highlighted text while holding the right mouse button, and drop it in the chosen place by letting go of the right button. Bottom of Form Make the most of the scroll wheel We all know that a mouse wheel allows you to scroll up and down on a page. However, it can also do a lot more:
To open a web page in a new tab, click the wheel over a weblink on a web page.
Zoom in and out on your screen by holding down the CTRL key and scrolling up to zoom in and down to zoom out.
Within most Internet browsers, press the SHIFT key and scroll down to go back to the previous web page. Press SHIFT and scroll up to go forward again.
Manage the open window with the mouse Double-click the top title bar of any window to maximize it or, if it is already maximized, to make it smaller.
Customize your mouse In Windows 10, go to Settings, Mouse & Touchpad, then chose Additional Mouse Options. Here you can:
Select a pointer speed.
Change the size and colour of the pointer.
Tick the “Snap To” check box under the Pointer Options tab. This option automatically moves your mouse to the default button within a dialog box. For example, if you delete a file or close a window, a dialogue box appears asking if you are sure you want to perform the task. With the “Snap To” feature on, the cursor automatically moves to the OK button - all you have to do is click the left mouse button if you agree.