Knowing keyboard shortcuts can save you time and aggravation. For example, you may want to zoom in on a webpage to get a closer look at a photo. Instead of searching your web browser or the program in use for the zoom feature you can press Ctrl (Command for Mac users) +, and to zoom out Ctrl (Command) –.
Whether you have a laptop or a desktop, you will have a track pad or a mouse that will inevitably fail which will make pointing and clicking difficult. Think of it this way, you are working on a project that is due tomorrow, your mouse/track pad goes out and you are unable to save your work. If the computer shuts down you may lose all of your work; but if you know Ctrl (Command) S your work will be saved.
Listed below are some common Windows and Mac keyboard shortcuts that can save you time and help make your life just a little simpler. Be sure to check back next week for operating system specific shortcuts!
|Universal Keyboard Shortcuts|
|Windows Command||Function||Apple Command|
|Ctrl C||Copy||Command C|
|Ctrl X||Cut||Command X|
|Ctrl V||Paste||Command V|
|Ctrl Z||Undo||Command Z|
Ctrl Shift Z
Command Shift Z
|Ctrl B||Bold||Command B|
|Ctrl I||Italic||Command I|
|Ctrl U||Underline||Command U|
|Ctrl S||Saves Document||Command S|
|Ctrl A||Select All||Command A|
|Ctrl R||Reload Web Page||Command R|
|Ctrl W||Close Tab or Window||Command W|
|Ctrl P||Print Document||Command P|
|Ctrl F||Find Text||Command F|
|Ctrl N||Create New Document||Command N|
|Ctrl Shift N||Create New Explorer/Finder Folder||Command Shift N|
|Ctrl +||Zoom In||Command +|
|Ctrl -||Zoom Out||Command -|