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KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

Shortcuts

Manage a File

Function

Shortcut

Open document

Ctrl-O

Create document

Ctrl-N

Save document

Ctrl-S

Print document

Ctrl-P

 

Edit a Document

Function

Shortcut

Select all

Ctrl-A

Copy

Ctrl-C

Cut

Ctrl-X

Paste

Ctrl-V

Undo

Ctrl-Z

 

Move Around in a Document

Function

Shortcut

Go to beginning of sentence

Home

Go to end of sentence

End

Go to beginning of document

Ctrl-Home

Go to end of document

Ctrl-End

 

 

Occupational Safety & Health

Keyboard Shortcuts

Question

Have you ever experienced hand fatigue, pain, or discomfort while using your mouse?

Question

If your mouse suddenly disappeared, would you be unable to perform simple functions like PRINT, SAVE, or COPY?

Question

Does having to constantly move the mouse up to the menu bar to select a command slow you down?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then Keyboard Shortcuts are for you!

 

What are Keyboard Shortcuts?

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keyboard keys that can help you to perform functions useful in many computer applications. These shortcuts will allow you to perform many common functions without having to take your hands off the keyboard.

 

Benefits of Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Decreases hand and arm fatigue - Over time clicking, dragging, and holding the mouse can tire out the muscles and tendons in your hand and arm causing pain and discomfort. If you are a heavy mouse user, you can take some of the workload off your mousing hand by learning to use keyboard shortcuts.

Efficiency at the computer - With practice, you will find that using keyboard shortcuts saves time. For example, it takes less time to press a combination of keys on the keyboard than to drag the mouse to the menu bar, click, and drag again to select the command from the drop-down list.

 

Getting Started

The included tables contain 12 of the most frequently used shortcut keys for managing your files, and editing and moving around in a document.

In order for the shortcuts to work, press the first key listed, hold, and then press the second key listed.

You may want to cut the tables out and tape them next to your monitor to help you remember to use them. Additional shortcut keys can be found in the Help menu by searching under Shortcut Keys in the application that you are using. Shortcut keys are also listed in all drop-down menus next to the list of commands.

Like any other skill, learning to use shortcut keys takes some practice. So be sure to give yourself time to incorporate using shortcut keys into your everyday use.