Handy Shortcuts

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2011
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I’m often surprised when I learn that someone doesn’t use short cuts on the computer (I’m all about making things faster & easier) but it turns out not everyone knows about them–I’d like to help change that.

If these don’t work, try checking your browser settings to enable “keyboard shortcuts”.

Here’s hoping these tricks will make your life a bit easier–even if they take a little time to get used to:

Keyboard Commands
(on a Mac, try the command key instead of the control key)

CTRL + C = Copy
Hold down the control key and click the “c” key.
If you’ve highlighted some text* you can quickly copy the text with this shortcut. It might seem a little awkward at first, but the more you do it the quicker it will be and it’s a lot faster than using the mouse in the end.

CTRL + X = Cut

CTRL + V = Paste

CTRL + F = Find
Every done a web search, opened a page only to not see what you are looking for on a really long page? Try using this “find” command to search the page for the word you are looking for–it’ll take you right to it.

If the first instance of the word isn’t what you were looking for, keep hitting the enter key and it will take you to the next time the word is on the page, and the next, and the next… You can even use it now to search for the * to see what the additional info in the “copy” section above references.

These three are for when you’re on the internet–they have other responses when used in other programs:

CTRL + T = Opens a new tab in your internet browser.

CTRL + N = Opens a new window in your internet browser.

CTRL + D = When you are on the internet it bookmarks the page you are on in your browser.
Try this one now–you just might want to come back and visit. 🙂

There are many more of these–you can search the web for “keyboard shortcuts” to find pages that go into them in more detail, but these are the ones I find most useful and thought they’d be a great place for folks to start.

Right-Click Menu
(on a Mac, use ctrl + click for the right-click menu or change your system preferences to add secondary preferences for clicking)

If you right-click instead of left-click a little menu will pop up giving you access to some handy tools.

Some right-click menus offer different options like saving the content of a linked page to your computer or bookmarking a page, but these are two that are on all browsers as far as I can tell, and they’ve been the most useful for me:

Open links in a New Tab (or a new window)
Instead of clicking links on a web page to open them (left-click), I often right-click and choose to open in a new tab or a new window, that way when I’m done with what I was doing in the new page, I can close the tab (or window) and the page I started from is still there, waiting for me already loaded.

It’s great when I do a search and the results come up with a handful of pages I want to take a look at–it was especially useful back when we had dial-up internet service. I would right-click and open a new tab for 5 different pages I wanted to look at, and while reading the first page the others would slowly load in the background. If the first page hadn’t finished loading, I’d go get a cup of coffee & come back. At least the first page would be loaded by then, and I could read that while the rest loaded up, closing each as I finished with them and resuming my reading of the search results.

You can set most internet browser’s preferences to open new tabs in the background or foreground. I open my new tabs/pages in the background leaving the search results stays right in front of me, so I don’t lose track of what I’m opening. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself opening all sorts of links this way, not just from search pages.

Copy link address/location
I use that when I want to copy the web page address of a link for use in a document or email.

That’s all for now–I’d love to hear about your favorite short cuts, please add them in the comments section!

*Did you know that you can double click a word and it will be highlighted? More than 2 rapid clicks will highlight the whole line, sentence or paragraph depending on your browser or what computer program you are using–experiment with it to see how it works in your browser & text editing programs.

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney ©2011
This post is copyrighted–you do not have permission to repost this content elsewhere but you are welcome to link to it if you’d like to share the information.