| By Ian “Gizmo” Richards |
If you’re thinking this column is going to be yet another one of those long, dreary lists of keyboard shortcuts, think again.
Rather than bore you with a comprehensive listing of key combinations, I’m going to show you just the seven most-important and least-known shortcuts that I use to get more work done in less time.
Keyboard-shortcut traps for beginners
Watch any advanced computer user for a while. You’ll soon notice that he or she frequently uses keyboard shortcuts. The reason is simple: Shortcuts can save a great deal of time and add noticeably to your productivity.
Conversely, keyboard shortcuts are rarely used by beginners. That’s a pity in itself, but the situation is actually worse than it appears. Not only are beginners losing out on possible productivity gains, they’re actually making life harder for themselves. They engage in a whole range of bad practices when performing even the most basic computer operations.
A few basic tricks no one should be without
One of these bad habits is overuse of the Delete key. Many users overwrite text by selecting the text, hitting the Delete key, and then typing in the new text. What these people don’t realize is this: once text is selected, it will be deleted and overwritten automatically just by typing.