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10 Keyboard shortcuts that I use

I love keyboard shortcuts. People often ask me how I do certain shortcuts, so I thought I might as well post up a few of my favorites. Most of us  know the basic keyboard shortcuts, like pressing Control (Ctrl) + C on a PC to Copy a selected item, but here I’m laying out a few extras to speed up your day. Hope you enjoy, and please let me know if you have some others you want to share. Cheers.

1. Show Desktop
If you have lots of windows open on your computer and you want quick access to your desktop—or a super-quick way to hide your work—hit the following keys.

PC: Window key (see right) + D
Mac: F11

 

2. Add a Bookmark
Revisit your favorite websites with easy access by bookmarking the page with the following quick trick.

PC: Ctrl + D
Mac: Apple key (see right) + D

 

3. Find Files or Folders
A quick local system search window helps find your files fast. Also, remember the wildcard *to help find specific files Ex: project*.jpg will find any Jpeg files that that begin with project and end with .jpg extension. (project_this.jpg, projectthat.jpg, project1.jpg, etc.)

PC: Window key + F
Mac: Apple key (see right) + F

 

4. Change Zoom Level
Whether you’re working on the Web or in a word processing program, zoom in or out with this command. Works in a lot of programs. Try it out.

PC: Ctrl + scroll mouse wheel

Mac: Apple key + plus sign; Apple key + minus sign

 

5. Take a Screen Shot
Capture an image of your whole screen.

PC: Print Screen (then paste [Ctrl + V] into a Word document)
Mac: Apple key + Shift + 3

 

6. Take a Screen Shot of selected Window/Application
Capture an image of the selected application window. Nice and clean. No background clutter.

PC: Ctrl + Alt +Print Screen (prt sc)
Mac: Apple key + Shift + 4

 

7. Select the Address Bar
When you want to quickly type a new URL into your browser, the shortcut below will easily select the address bar for you, so you can start typing without moving your mouse.

PC: Ctrl + L, or F6
Mac: Apple key + L

 

8. Add “http://www” to Your Browser’s Address Bar
The quickest route to your online destination? Just type in the name of the webpage you’d like to go to (for example, type “Google”), then press the following keys to add the “http://www.” to the beginning and “.com” to the end.

PC: Ctrl + Enter
Mac: Apple key + Enter

 

9. Go to a Previous Location in Browser
Quickly go back to the webpage you were looking at before your current one. Or, continue to go back through browser window history.

PC: Alt + ?
Mac: Apple key + [

 

10. Refresh a Webpage 
Whether you’re waiting for a new email to arrive or the latest news story to pop up, easily refresh your screen using the keys below.

PC: F5, or Ctrl + R
Mac: Apple key + R

 

 

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