Use Keyboard Shortcuts instead of your Mouse!

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Keyboard shortcuts are defined as using certain key combinations to perform simple tasks without needing to use your mouse.

This should help RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) patients.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) includes conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Bursitis and Tendinitis and is as a result of repeating a motion that puts too much stress on a particular joint of your body.

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The use of keyboard shortcuts will also significantly enhance your computer proficiency especially if you perform repetitive tasks. Try using them instead of your mouse!

Keyboard Shortcuts using Windows Logo

  • WINDOWS LOGO+F1 (This is located between the CTRL and ALT keys) - Hitting this key will make your 'START' menu appear.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+F - Finds files and folders.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+L - Log off Windows.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+M - Minimize all.
  • WINDOWS+Shift+M - Undo minimize all.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+P - Launch 'Print Manager'.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+R - Opens the 'Run' dialog box.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+D - Minimizes all open Windows and shows desktop.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+E - Windows Explorer.
  • WINDOWS LOGO+Break - Activates the 'Systems Properties' dialog box.

Keyboard Shortcuts using Function Keys

  • FI - Opens 'Help'.
  • F2 - Rename files or folders.
  • F3 - Find all files.
  • F4 - drops down the location list in the dilog box.
  • F5 - Refreshes current window.
  • F10- Toggles menu mode - then use left or right arrow to select your menu.

Keyboard Shortcuts using CTRL & ALT Keys

  • CTRL+A - Select all the items in current window.
  • CTRL+C - Copy selected items to clipboard.
  • CTRL+F - Find.
  • CTRL+F2 - Print Preview.
  • CTRL+F4 - Close a Windows program.
  • CTRL+X - Remove selected (Cut).
  • CTRL+V - Paste clipboard contents in selected location.
  • CTRL+Z - Undo last action.
  • CTRL+Y - Redo.
  • CTRL+S - Save current page.
  • CTRL+N - Open new window.
  • CTRL+P - Print current page.
  • CTRL+W - Close current window.
  • CTRL+O - Open a document.
  • CTRL+Esc - Open Start Menu.
  • CTRL+Home - Moves to beginning of document.
  • CTRL+End - Moves to end of document.
  • CTRL+S - Save.
  • CTRL+O - Opens the Dialog Box for the Open File.

       Useful in Word Processing:
         o CTRL+B - Bold.
         o CTRL+I - Italic.
         o CTRL+U - Underline.
         o CTRL+N - New.
         o CTRL+L - Left align text.
         o CTRL+R - Right align text.
         o CTRL+E - Center align text.
         o CTRL+J - Justify text.
         o CTRL+LEFT ARROW - Skip to beginning of previous word.
         o CTRL+RIGHT ARROW - Skip to beginning of next work.
         o CTRL+HOME - Goes to beginning of next document.
         o CTRL+END - Goes to end of document.

  • ALT - Activate the Menu Bar.
  • ALT+HOME - Go to Homepage.
  • ALT+RIGHT ARROW - Go to next page.
  • ALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE - Go to previous page.
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW - Opens a drop-down list box.
  • ALT+F4 - Quits Program.
  • ALT+SPACE - Displays the System menu for the main window.
  • ALT+TAB - Switch between Windows.

Keyboard Shortcuts using Shift Keys

  • SHIFT WHILE INSERTING CD - Bypasses auto-run feature.
  • SHIFT+F10 - The equivalent of a right click - Displays a shortcut menu. Then use arrow keys to select desired menu option. Then hit ENTER.
  • SHIFT+DELETE - Deletes immediately without putting them into the Recycle Bin.
  • SHIFT+Tab - Tabs backwards.

Keyboard Shortcuts using Arrow Keys

Your arrow keys will move you all around your document, dialog box, screen or menu.

  • CTRL+RIGHT ARROW - Jumps to the next word to the right.
  • CTRL+LEFT ARROW - Jumps to the next word to the left.
  • SHIFT+CTRL+RIGHT ARROW - Selects the word.

Miscellaneous Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL+ALT+DEL - Opens the Windows Task Manager. You can use it to shut down Windows or an application that is running.
  • TAB - Moves from one area to another (for example - one field to another).
  • HOME - Moves to beginning of current line.
  • END - Moves to end of current line.
  • PAGE UP - Moves up by one page.
  • PAGE DOWN - Moves down by one page.
  • ESC - Cancel.
  • PRESS ENTER - Instead of the 'double click'.
  • CTRL+LEFT or RIGHT ARROW - Moves cursor to beginning or end of existing word.


I hope that you found these keyboard shortcuts useful.

There are many more of these shortcuts but I have just listed some that I thought would be the most useful ones.

Use them instead of your mouse!

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