Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Your Computing Experience (Part II)

Ever marvel at how the tech whizzes in your life can make working with technology seem so quick and easy? Like all fields, some of that ease simply comes from many hours using the tools of the trade. But a lot of the ease of use stems from employing some simple practices that even the most novice users can adopt. Some of those practices were covered in part 1.

Here are two more quick tips sure to help you on your way to computer wizardry.

 

Use Keyboard Shortcuts

Every time you use a keyboard shortcut command instead of your mouse to trigger an action on your machine, you save a little bit of time and mental energy. For frequently performed actions, all those little bits can add up to make a big difference. Especially useful are the universally recognized keyboard shortcuts that almost all programs support (e.g. SAVE = CTRL + S, COPY = CTRL + C; PASTE = CTRL + V).

Here is a list of some of the most commonly accepted keyboard shortcuts when dealing with text on screen.
Source: makeuseof.com; Author: Dave LeClair

Here's a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for the most recent version of Windows. Windows Shorcuts
Source: Microsoft

Here's a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for the most recent version of Mac OS: OS X Shortcuts
Source: Apple

 

Use the Right Click Button to Access Frequently Performed Actions

While the left-click button on your mouse can be thought of as the trigger for most on-screen actions, the right-click button on your mouse can be thought of as an actions menu opener. Choose any object or location on your screen, hover over it with your cursor and click the the right-click button on your mouse to see a list of common actions associated with that object. Try this with files, folders, highlighted text, and your desktop background image to explore just some of the options available with a (right) click of your mouse.

 
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Technology Instructor Ben Leveillee brings the tools and culture of the Web into the lab for users to gain knowledge and skills on topics including social media, website editing, media streaming services, e-commerce, and online educational resources. His blog posts provide useful information and insight on these topics and more.


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