There is practically nothing that you can’t do on a PC with a keyboard. The mouse which you always thought to be an essential accessory is actually just a side-kick! And in fact, mouse usage slows down our working speed on a PC. So here are 7 must-know keyboard hacks that will make you never want to use the keyboard again.
1) Access Menu Items In Browser
Rather than clicking on the items like File, Edit, View and etc in the browser, try this. Press down Alt key and press that item’s underlined first letter on the keyboard. For example – Alt+V will pop down the view menu and Alt+H will do the same for history item on the menu.
2) Delete Emails In Gmail With This Keyboard Cheat Sheet
Sorting the mailbox is always a pain and it gets worse if you do it with your mouse. Selecting each mail is just too tedious. Spare yourself the pain and try this Gmail keyboard cheat sheet below. These Gmail shortcuts will completely transform the way you use your Gmail and yes, obviously save up on a lot of time. Remember to switch on the keyboard shortcuts from the settings tab in Gmail.
3) Switch, Minimize And Close Windows
Wait! Don’t reach out for the mouse next time you want to switch between windows or tabs. Do it with your keyboard. Here’s how – to switch between tabs in the browser, press Ctrl+Tab; to minimize, press Windows +Up arrow key; and to minimize, press Windows+ Down arrow key. So now you know what to do when you are working on a lot of Windows together.
4) Surf The Internet With Shortcuts
You might be unaware, but every browser has more than enough built-in shortcuts to facilitate mouse-less browsing. Below are the keyboard shortcut sheets for Chrome and Firefox.
5) Restart, Shut Down And Locking The Computer
Don’t click when a keystroke can get the job done! To shut down your windows system – press Alt+F4 or use Alt+ Ctrl+ Del. Using Alt + Ctrl + Del can also be used to restart and to put the machine on sleep mode.
6) Launch Programs Pinned On The Task Bar
To launch the items pinned on the taskbar, use Win+1 through Win+9. Each program pinned on the task bar will open according to the position it’s been placed at.
7) Be An Ace Microsoft Word
With a keyboard you can work through a MS Word document like a ninja! Here are the most frequently used Word keyboard shortcuts. Get a hang of these and we bet you will never want to use your mouse again.
Ctrl+Shift+Up/Down arrow: Select text by paragraphs. (Cmd+Shift+Up/Down arrow on Mac.)
Ctrl+Shift+F8: Begin selecting a rectangular block of text—use the arrow keys to size the rectangle; cut, copy, or press Esc to exit this selection mode. (Does not seem to work on Mac.)
F8: Press repeatedly to expand the selection from the current word to the current sentence, then the current paragraph, and finally the whole document (Shift+F8 will shrink the selection); cut, copy, or press Esc to exit this selection mode. (Does not work on Mac.)
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