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Quick Windows and Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

By Nextrio on May 25th, 2012 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

There are only so many hours in a day. Today’s workers are being asked to do more with less resources and time. One way to increase your productivity at work is to learn useful keyboard shortcuts that can help you complete tasks more quickly. Below are a few common keyboard shortcuts that our computer support experts recommend:


  • Quick editing:     Document editing is generally a tedious process, no matter which way you cut it. Still, you can enhance the editing and formatting process with a few choice shortcuts. Windows users can cut selected text by pressing Ctrl + X, copy with Ctrl + C, paste with Ctrl + V, and undo an action with Crtl + Z. Editing shortcuts for Mac users are all the same, except instead of the Ctrl key, you use the ⌘, or command key.  
  • Quick research:     There are also a number of shortcuts to make web browsing go a lot quicker. For example, Ctrl or ⌘ + F can help you find a particular word on any web page, saving you the trouble of scanning the page yourself. Also, Ctrl or ⌘ + N instantly summons a new browsing window, while Ctrl or ⌘ + T pulls up a new tab.  When filling out online forms, hit the Tab key to jump to the next blank field.
  • Quick screenshots:     Taking a screenshot of your desktop can be very useful for explaining a problem to computer support or putting together an informative presentation. For Windows, taking a screenshot is as simple as pressing Alt + Print Screen and pasting the resulting image into Microsoft Paint. Mac users need to press Shift + ⌘ + 3, then save the screenshot as a file. To select only part of the screen, Mac users can press Shift + ⌘ + 4 and use the crosshairs to select the desired area.
  • Additional tips:     At first it may seem difficult trying to press all of the shortcut keys at exactly the same time. The most effective approach is to hold down Crtl or ⌘, then press the next key at your leisure.


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