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Keyboard Shortcuts – Improve Your Efficiency

PCs are an integral part of our lives. We use them extensively at the office and usually end up logging on in the evening as well, to read email and catch up on the day’s news.

Since we spend so much of our time in front of the computer, it makes sense to find ways to improve our efficiency. This is where shortcuts come in. By using combinations of keystrokes, you can quickly access several tools without ever having to use your mouse. Most Windows shortcuts may be used for any Microsoft program (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) as well as selected products from other manufacturers.

If you would like to incorporate these shortcuts into your repertoire, try keeping a copy of this list at work and at home. Refer to it daily until the keystrokes become second nature. You’ll be surprised at how much time you’ll save!

Green Screen Production for HammerHouse

I did this video back in Jan of 2012. This particular video does not have a intro. I will post that one soon.

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Simple Keyboard Shortcut Tips


[For Windows Users]

Cut, Copy and Paste. Most people know that when you ‘right-click’ on text or an image and drop down menu appears and you pick your cut, copy or paste option from that menu. I prefer keyboard short cuts. The next time you’re going to cut copy or paste, try these.

  • Z to undo
  • X to cut
  • C to copy
  • V to paste

Getting used to these keyboard short cuts can reduce your time spent on projects and you find that it’s just a easier way around.


The term “cut and paste” comes from the traditional practice in manuscript-editings whereby people would literally cut paragraphs from a page with scissors and physically paste them onto another page. This practice remained standard as late as the 1970s. Stationery stores formerly sold “editing scissors” with blades long enough to cut an 8½”-wide page. The advent of photocopiers made the practice easier and more flexible.

The act of copying/transferring text from one part of a computer-based document (“buffer”) to a different location within the same or different computer-based document was a part of the earliest on-line computer editors. As soon as computer data entry moved from punch-cards to online files (in the mid/late 1960s) there were “commands” for accomplishing this operation. This mechanism was often used to transfer frequently-used commands or text snippets from additional buffers into the document, as was the case with the QED editor.

The earliest editors, since they were designed for “hard-copy” terminals, provided keyboard commands to delineate contiguous regions of text, remove such regions, or move them to some other location in the file. Since moving a region of text required first removing it from its initial location and then inserting it into its new location various schemes had to be invented to allow for this multi-step process to be specified by the user.

Often this was done by the provision of a ‘move’ command, but some text editors required that the text be first put into some temporary location (AKA, “the clipboard”) for later retrieval/placement.

Although the mechanism was already in widespread use in early line and character editors, Lawrence G. Tesler (Larry Tesler) popularized “cut and paste” in the context of computer-based text-editing while working at Xerox Corporation Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1974–1975.

Apple Computer widely popularized the computer-based cut-and-paste paradigm through the Lisa (1981) and Macintosh (1984) operating systems and applications. Apple mapped the functionalities to key-combinations consisting of the Command key (a special modifier key) held down while typing the letters X (for cut), C (for copy), and V (for paste), choosing a handful of keyboard sequences to control basic editing operations. The keys involved all cluster together at the left end of the bottom row of the standard QWERTY keyboard, and each key is combined with a special modifier key to perform the desired operation:

  • Z to undo
  • X to cut
  • C to copy
  • V to paste

Control-V was first used for paste in the QED editor.

CUA (for OS/2) also uses combinations of the Insert, Del, Shift and Control keys. Early versions of Windows used the IBM standard. Microsoft later adopted the Apple style key-combinations with the introduction of Windows, choosing the control key as their modifier key which had previously been reserved for sending control characters.

Similar patterns of key combinations, later borrowed by others, remain widely available today in most GUI text editors, word processors, and file system browsers.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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