I love keyboard shortcuts; the extreme wear on my keyboard cover shows how often I use them.
It may seem like an obvious trick, but, beyond some basics like CTRL-C (copy) and CTRL-V (paste), how many do you really use?
There are lots of shortcuts for more complex functions or applications, many of which can save serious time. For those of us who use a laptop for primary computing, it's particularly nice because many shortcuts can save moving the cursor around with a trackpad or reaching for a mouse. But where can you learn some of these awesome functions?
- If you're a Mac user, there's a handy app that puts hundreds of shortcuts at your fingertips: Cheat Sheet. The best thing about this app? You won't have to spend time searching drop-down menus for functions anymore.
- If you're a PC user, the options are a little different (as far as I know). You can either go with a program like AutoHotKey that lets you create your own shortcuts (but requires some very basic scripting to set up), or just download a cheat sheet like this one and memorize the best shortcuts.
Learn some new tricks, and let us know what your favorite shortcuts are in the comments on our blog!
Cristina Sinclaire is Outreach Coordinator for the Voting Information Project at NOI.