Tech Tip: Shortcuts for Speed

Once you’ve become effective at operating a computer, you may become interested in learning how to be more efficient . Typically, the easiest way to build speed and efficiency is by using keyboard shortcuts.

Shortcuts work by the user holding down either the Ctrl or Alt key while pressing various letters to reach desired effects. At first, it might take a little longer to learn the correct key combinations. However, once you stick with it and memorize that ones that you use most frequently, you will find that you are getting through your routines much more quickly.

Common Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + C = Copy
  • Ctrl + X = Cut
  • Ctrl + V = Paste
  • Ctrl + Z = Undo
  • Ctrl + R = Redo
  • Ctrl + A = Select All
  • Ctrl + I = Italics
  • Ctrl + B = Bold
  • Ctrl + U = Underline
  • Ctrl + P = Print
  • Ctrl + S = Save
  • Ctrl + N = New
  • Alt + F4 = Close window
  • Alt + Tab = Toggle Open programs

In time, after some practice, these simple key combinations can become second nature and make everyday computer work easier. At Shell Point Retirement Community, residents benefit from on-site technology services to answer their questions about computers and electronics, as well as a computer teaching center and a resident computer center.