Computers are fantastic machines that have changed our lives significantly over the past thirty years. Most business owners today flat out rely on computers to help with managing their business. That is true for owners of big companies, small businesses, and home-based businesses. As technologically complicated as computers are, fortunately, their operating systems, programs, and apps have tamed these beasts for us. The average person now finds computers to be very user-friendly. That fact, coupled with dropping costs over the years, paved the way for the Internet’s mass adoption.
Controlling computers with point and click technology, as well as with touch screen technology, has become the norm. These control methods have enhanced the user-friendly factor of computers, laptops, and mobile devices as well. But it is often overlooked that computers and laptops, with keyboards, can still be controlled with Keystrokes. Computer keyboards have plenty of very helpful and powerful Keystrokes available for use. Keystrokes are a combination of keys pressed simultaneously that perform a specific action on the computer. They are commonly known as Keyboard Shortcuts. Prepare to be amazed by some of the very cool things that you can do with them! If you take the time to learn just a few Shortcuts, you will find that they can become big Time Savers for you.
I don’t know if keystrokes are popular anymore, but I suspect they are not. What I DO know is that when I share some of my favorite Keystrokes with people, they typically DON’T know them, and they are happy that I showed them! That is why I decided to share my favorite Shortcuts here so that you can potentially enjoy a better relationship with your computer or laptop. Note: The following Keystrokes are for Windows computers. Mac computers also have Keyboard Shortcuts that you can find by searching on DuckDuckGo or your favorite search engine.
Here Are Some Of
My Favorite Keystrokes
1. Alt + Tab: This FANTASTIC Keystroke shows you all of your open windows and provides incredibly fast maneuverability between your open windows!
To control this Keystroke, you HOLD DOWN the Alt key with your thumb, then TAP on the Tab key with your index finger. Each time you TAP, it will highlight another open window or your Desktop. When you let go, it will OPEN/DISPLAY that window over all the others. With a little practice, you will find that you can get around your computer much faster than hunting for tabs to click.
NOTE: The “Tab” key no longer says “Tab” on ALL keyboards. Some keyboards only show “left and right arrows” instead and is just over your “CAPS LOCK” key. If that is how yours looks, then the keystroke would be Alt + Left Right Arrows Key
2. Ctrl + Z: This is “UNDO.” I LOVE THIS KEYSTROKE because it has saved me from writing disasters so many times over the years! The typical situation where this helps will be when you are writing in an email or on a word document, and you “accidentally highlight and ERASE” something you just wrote. Now there is no need to panic anymore! You no longer have to try to remember what you wrote and try to re-write it. Just use Ctrl + Z, and the text will magically re-appear!!!
3. Ctrl + A: This is “Highlight All.” Instead of clicking and dragging to highlight a large amount of text or content on a page, use this, and it will instantly highlight everything on the page of a document or everything within a field of a web form.
4. Ctrl + C: This is “Copy.” You probably already know how to copy by right-clicking and then clicking on Copy, but with a little practice, this Keystroke can be faster. It works in most documents, emails, forms, and also on websites.
5. Ctrl + V: This is “Paste.” As with Copy above, you probably already know how to paste by right-clicking and then clicking on Paste, but with a little practice, this Keystroke can also be faster than all of the clicking. This Shortcut also works in most documents, emails, forms, and even on websites.
6. Ctrl + “+”: This is “Zoom”. You can quickly zoom or magnify your screen on most websites by just holding down the CTRL key and tapping on the Plus Sign. Each tap makes the page 10% larger.
7. Ctrl + “-“: This is “Shrink.” By just holding down the CTRL key and tapping on the Minus Sign, you can quickly shrink or un-zoom your screen on most websites. Each tap makes the page 10% smaller.
8. Shift + Windows Key + S: This opens SnipIt. This Shortcut is very helpful when you need to take a screenshot of part of your screen. It opens the SnipIt controls that you can click and drag over the area you want to capture. The image will be saved automatically to your clipboard. You can paste it into a document, email, Discord, Telegram, or any other program that accepts pasted images.
9. Windows Key + D: This displays your Desktop. You can instantly go to your Desktop, instead of minimizing or closing all windows to see it. Press down and hold the Windows Logo and then tap the “D” key, as shown in the picture below.
Have you ever been using your computer and had your cursor freeze? Did you know that if that happens again, that you can SAFELY restart your computer with the Shortcut Ctrl+Alt+Delete? Well, now, you know. That is always a safer choice than turning off the computer with the power button, in the middle of a hung session, which could lead to a crash.
I Saved One Of The Best Keystrokes For Last!
10. The Space Bar: This will completely change how you use your computer online!!! Believe it or not, this little secret has been right under your nose for years. Press your Space Bar while you are on any website, and it will Scroll The Page Down for you!!! To scroll the page UP, use the Keystroke Shift + Space Bar! Forget about clicking in the annoying little track on the side of the window that shoots you past the place you are trying to view. Just hit the space bar to go down the webpage in a controlled manner. Are you amazed yet? Lol
There are many more Shortcuts that you can use, and you should be able to find them easily by searching on DuckDuckGo or your favorite search engine. If you found this article helpful, please take a minute to leave a comment. If there is enough interest shown, I will be happy to post a second article and share more of my favorite Keystrokes with you. Thank You for taking the time to read my post!