One of the most useful ‘gifts’ in my teacher training was a list of keyboard shortcuts. This crudely edited, crookedly photocopied list remained pinned on my notice board for years until it became instinct to use keyboard shortcuts rather than reaching for the mouse.
You may be familiar with the simple keyboard commands for copy, paste, print and undo… but some of you will not. You may not know that these commands are virtually universal between MacOS and Windows… but some of you will not. Knowing them, you can sit in front of virtually any machine and appear ‘at home’ at the keyboard.
By using these core 6 shortcuts I have saved time and looked incredibly high-tech and computer-savvy to any on-looker (or so I would like to think). My lessons also feels slicker when I can start a slideshow with just one key (or 3 for Mac) rather than faffing with the mouse.
Once these core 6 are mastered, you can build upon your shortcut repertoire. Many of the shortcuts ‘make sense’ (I know – shock right?). Control + N for New document?! How about Control + O for Open document?! Control + B to make the text bold? Crazy. How computer programmers expect us to remember these is beyond me.* The great thing is, if you forget what the shortcut is, it is listed in the menu! I now use nearly 15 shortcuts virtually every day but my core 6 remain the same.
- Dripping in sarcasm here folks.
Learn them. Use them. Become a Ninja.
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