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Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save You Time

July 8, 2021 / in How To, Information Technology / by

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In this week’s video, I show you keyboard shortcuts that will save you a bunch of time. I broke the video into two segments. The first is about using your keyboard to adjust window placement in Windows 10. The second section is using your keyboard to more efficiently edit/copy/select/move text in a document.

Window Positioning in Windows 10

When you hold down the Window key on your keyboard, you can then use the arrow keys to affect the current application’s position. For example, if you currently have your Chrome browser with the focus, you can hold down the Window key and press the right arrow to snap the browser to the right half of your monitor. Window + Left Arrow will bring it back to its original position. Window + Up Arrow will maximize the browser. Window + Down Arrow will minimize the browser.

Once you get the hang of this, it will be so much easier for you to adjust where windows are located on your monitor. The most obvious use for this is when you want to place two application side by side on the same monitor. This is especially helpful when you have a widescreen monitor.

Text Selection/Copying/Pasting

There are many combinations you can use on your keyboard to select text. If you place your cursor on a line of text, the Home button will move the cursor to the beginning of the line. The End button moves the cursor to the end of the line. If you hold the Shift key down and then press Home or End, it will select the text from your cursor position to the start or end of the line.

You can get even trickier by combining Shift and Control with the arrow keys. This allows you to select an entire word at a time. If you watch the video, it will be a lot easier to understand how much time this can save you over using your mouse to select text!

As always, if you learned anything from this video, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel if you haven’t already done that. And I respond to every comment/question, so let me know what you are thinking!

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