The fastest way to do production work in most programs is to use the keyboard, and not move your hands away to mouse, drag, click, slide, right-click, whirrrrrr, click, (hold-shift), click. Speed users use the keyboard, not the mouse, and get more work done in less time–they use shortcuts. I’ve created a quick list of the most useful shortcuts, but they’re not all the usual lot–a lot of these are brand-new in Windows 7.
In addition to all the normal shortcuts, there is one additional set of shortcuts: For any Windows program, tap the ‘Alt’ key to activate the menus, and then type the letter that is underlined in the menu you’d like to pull down, release the `Alt’ key, and then type the underlined letter matching the menu item you need. (Press Esc to cancel out of the menus.)
Can’t memorize all these time-savers? Start with Copy, Cut, and Paste; these are big time-savers in nearly all Windows programs. (In order, that’s Ctrl-c, Ctrl-x, and Ctrl-v.)
Download the keyboard reference chart.
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