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Did you know that you don't need a mouse to use a computer? I don't recommend trying because it is much slower, but it can be done and many of the keyboard shortcuts make using the computer faster. For instance, the keyboard shortcut I use the most is probably CTRL + S. It saves the document I am working on without having to move my hand over to the mouse. When I am typing a document, I use CTRL + S at end of almost every sentence. Another keyboard shortcut I use a lot is CTRL + Z. It undoes the previous thing I did. I have listed all the keyboard shortcuts here including ones that are specific for Internet Explorer and ones that work in Windows. Many (if not most) of the keyboard shortcuts work in any program that is installed on your computer and they save a lot of time. I also separated out a list of important keyboard shortcuts that should be learned in order to save time.

To perform a keyboard shortcut, a combination of keys are usually pressed together. This is illustrated by the + (plus) sign inbetween the two keys. You can print out the lists to keep at your desk by printing out each section.

Important Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL + ZUndo
CTRL + SSave
CTRL + FFind
CTRL + ASelect All
CTRL + CCopy
CTRL + VPaste
CTRL + Left or Right Arrow KeyMoves the cursor to the beginning of words
Hold Shift While Using Left or Right ArrowSelects (highlights) Text
Double, Triple, Quad Click on TextSelects a word, line, paragraph
CTRL+F4Closes the active program or window

Keyboard Shortcuts Specific to Internet Explorer
Alt + Left Arrow To go back to the previous site.
Alt + Right Arrow To go forward to the next site
Alt + D Places your cursor in the address bar.
F4 History of recently typed in addresses.
Ctrl + O Opens the open dialogue box
Ctrl + D Add the current page to favorites
Ctrl + N Opens a new browser window
Ctrl + F Opens the find dialogue box
Ctrl + P Opens the print dialogue box
Ctrl + R or F5 Refreshes the current page
Ctrl + F5 Reloads a new page from the Internet whether or not it has changed.
Ctrl + S Saves the current page to your hard drive
Page Up Moves the page up one screen at a time
Page Down Moves the page down one screen at a time
Space Bar Moves the page down one screen at a time
Ctrl + I Opens favorites
Ctrl + H Opens history

Windows Shortcuts
CTRL+TAB Move forward through tabs
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through tabs
TAB Move forward through options
SHIFT+TAB Move backward through options
ALT+Underlined letter Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option
ENTER Carry out the command for the active option or button
SPACEBAR Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1 Display Help
F4 Display the items in the active list
BACKSPACE Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
CTRL+V Paste
SHIFT+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin
CTRL while dragging an item Copy selected item
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item Create shortcut to selected item
F2 Rename selected item
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Highlight a block of text
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
CTRL+A Select all
F3 Search for a file or folder
ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item
ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program
ALT+Enter Displays the properties of the selected object
ALT+SPACEBAR Opens the shortcut menu for the active window
CTRL+F4 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously
ALT+TAB Switch between open items
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer
SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name Display the corresponding menu
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu Carry out the corresponding command
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5 Refresh the active window
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer
ESC Cancel the current task
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CDROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing
Windows Key Display or hide the Start menu
Windows Key +BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box
Windows Key + D Show the desktop
Windows Key + M Minimize all windows
Windows Key + Shift+ M Restores minimized windows
Windows Key + E Open My Computer
Windows Key + F Search for a file or folder
CTRL+ Windows Key + F Search for computers
Windows Key + F1 Display Windows Help
Windows Key + L Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain
Windows Key + R Open the Run dialog box
Windows Key + U Open Utility Manager

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