November 19, 2008


A Few Computer Shortcuts

It's Works for Me Wednesday time again, and I thought I would tell you about a few computer shortcuts I have recently discovered. I really like some of these and thought you might too. Did you know that you can:

  1. Highlight a word in any document, e-mail, or Web page by double clicking it. Triple click to highlight the whole paragraph.

  2. Enlarge the text on any Web page. In Windows, press Ctrl and the plus or minus keys (for bigger or smaller fonts); on the Mac, it’s the Command key and plus or minus.

  3. Enlarge the entire Web page or document by pressing the Control key as you turn the wheel on top of your mouse. On the Mac, this enlarges the entire screen image. This also works in Word documents.

  4. Scroll down on a Web page one screenful by tapping the space bar once. Add the Shift key to scroll back up.

  5. Hide all windows, revealing only what’s on the computer desktop, by hitting the Windows key and “d” simultaneously in Windows, or press F11 on Macs (on recent Mac laptops, Command+F3; Command is the key with the cloverleaf logo). Press the keystroke again to return to what you were doing.

  6. Switch from one open program to the next by pressing Alt and Tab (Windows) or Command and Tab (Mac). While holding down the Alt key, press Tab once. A small window will pop up showing the programs that are open. You can then tab to the one you want to view next. When you release the Alt key, that program will be the one in view.

  7. Highlight one space at a time going to the right or the left by using Shift and the right or left arrow keys. Highlight one line at a time going up or down by using Shift up or down arrow.

  8. Jump to the beginning of the next word by hitting Ctrl and right arrow. Jump to the beginning of the previous word by hitting Ctrl left arrow.

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I never knew the "windows D" command for reaching the desktop. That's really useful to me! Thanks for the tips!
Thank you for the Windows D command. I'm always closing everything out so I can find something on my desktop.

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