Thursday, 22 April 2010

Computer keyboard Short cuts

Computer keyboard Short cuts

It never ceases to amaze me the number of people including some of my student's who do not know about keyboard short cuts on computers. The very first PC's never had a mouse to navigate the screen easily. For example the control key, located bottom left near the Microsoft key. My Dell keyboard is nicely designed and has two control or Ctrl keys, one at the left side and one at the right.

If you are using an application, say a word processor, then you can save time by pressing the Ctrl key and S together to either save your document to the hard drive or floppy disk. Other examples are Ctrl + P to print your document.

It is well worth checking out the keyboard short cuts, just in case your mouse fails, you will be surprised at what you can do.

Also when using word processors you can use the Home, End keys to get to the beginning of a line of text or the end of a paragraph. Likewise, the Page Up and Page Down keys to move the page, yes you guessed it up and or down.

I dare say that as with the touch screen mobile phones our PC screens will eventually go down that route and we will be able to touch icons to access the multitude of applications our computers are able to run. Unless voice recognition software gets to Star Trek perfection levels then there will be always a need for a computer keyboard.

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