Desktop shortcuts

Driving around your desktop 
 
To…    
Use this shortcut
Select a file/folder/icon 
Type the first letter of the file. If you have several files starting with the same letter, continue hitting the letter key until your cursor lands on the file or folder you want.
Search for a file/folder  
F3
Rename a file/folder
Select file/folder, click F2, then re-type name
Find out when the file or folder was created, by whom and how big it is
Point to the file with your cursor
Display the START menu          
Ctrl + Esc
Create a shortcut on your desktop to your favourite file/folder    
Drag the file/folder icon to your desktop
Scroll between open items        
Alt + Tab, then hold down Alt while clicking Tab to reach the required file or program
 
   Working with Word  
 
To…    
Use this shortcut
Select text 
Shift + Right Arrow, Left Arrow, Up Arrow or Down Arrow to highlight text
Copy selected text       
Ctrl + C
Cut selected text          
Ctrl + X
Paste selected text       
Ctrl + V
Undo your last action   
Ctrl + Z
Select all the text within your document
Ctrl + A
Bold text
Ctrl + B
Italicise text
Ctrl + I
Underline
Ctrl + U
Decrease font size
Ctrl + Shift + <
Increase font size 
Ctrl + Shift + >
Change font
Ctrl + Shift + F, then use the arrow keys to reach the new font
Change font size
Ctrl + Shift + P, then use the arrow keys to reach the new font size
Create page break        
Ctrl + Enter
Create new document
Ctrl + N
Open My Documents window
Ctrl + O
Close a document
Ctrl + W
Save a document
Ctrl + S
Print a document
Ctrl + P
Preview what you’re about to print 
Alt + Ctrl + I
 
  Accelerating Excel  
 
To…
Use this shortcut
Display multiple lines of data within a cell 
Alt + Enter
Move right to left, cell by cell
Tab
Move up and down, cell by cell 
Enter
Erase data in current cell
Backspace
Return to the beginning of the row
Home
Entering the date
Ctrl + ; (semicolon)
Enter the time   
Ctrl + Shift + : (colon)
Start a formula
= (equal sign)
Check the spelling of titles or words within the cells
F7
Find out about the style within the cell
ALT + ‘ (apostrophe)
Display the "format cell" dialogue box
Ctrl + 1
Apply the general number format 
Ctrl + Shift + ~
Turn numbers into pounds
Ctrl + Shift + £
Make numbers a percentage
Ctrl + Shift + %
Apply a border
Ctrl + Shift + &
    
Expediting Internet Explorer  
 
To…
Use this shortcut
Add sites to your Favorites  
  • Go to the site
  • Hit Ctrl + D to add to your Favorites
  • Select Favorite and then Add to create a separate folder for the site or to add it to a list already formed
Select a home page     
  • Go to the web page you would like to make your home page
  • Click Tools and select Internet Options
  • Select Use Current
Use the History function if you visit a few select sites constantly
  • Select the History button on your top navigation (a green arrow on a clock face)
  • Select the site you would like and double-click
  • If the History button is not visible, go to View, Explorer Bar and click on History to access
Customise your toolbar to the tools you use most frequently     
  • Right-click your top navigation
  • Select the icons that you use or go to View, select Toolbar then Customise
 
The more you use these tools, the more time you will save. Have fun and explore the options available to you.
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