A keyboard shortcut is a straightforward, time-saving method that makes monotonous tasks faster and more efficient. Despite their ease of use, many people still don’t utilize these simple productivity boosters.

Plenty of programs, such as word processors, spreadsheets, email clients and most web browsers, have built-in keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts can shorten and simplify many tasks you do in your day-to-day work. For example, with Microsoft office products you can use these most common shortcuts for tasks such as:

  • Open New  (CTRL+N)
  • Search (CTRL+F)
  • Find and Replace (CTRL+G)
  • Save (CTRL+S)
  • Copy (CTRL+C)
  • Cut (CTRL+X)
  • Paste (CTRL+V)
  • Undo (CTRL+Z)
  • Redo (CTRL+Y)

While these tasks aren’t all that time-consuming when performed with a mouse, the combined time you might save by utilizing keyboard shortcuts is quite significant.

If you find yourself carrying out a lot of repetitive tasks, knowing their shortcuts could absolutely be worth the effort. If there isn’t already a built-in shortcut for that task, creating your own shortcuts can be relatively easy, depending on the program.

So, what can you do with your keybord beyond CTRL+C for copy CTRL+V for paste and CTRL+Z for “panic and undo”?

For tips on how to create your own keyboard shortcuts, check out these articles on Firefox keyboard shortcuts, Windows XP keyboard shortcuts, Microsoft Outlook keyboard shortcuts.

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