I spend a lot of time on computers. That means a lot of time with my hands on the keyboard. Wouldn’t it be great it there was an easy way to make every computer work faster? There is…they’re called keyboard shortcuts and I use a ton of them. Most of them have become second nature I use them so often. Last week when I was taking the VB.Net course my partner kept asking me how I did this or that. This guy had worked for 17 years as a program and didn’t know the shortcuts that I use everyday! I believe that some of these shortcuts are essential skills for a programmer and I wouldn’t be able to live without them.
A few notes…These shortcuts should work in *most* Windows applications, but not all. Some people don’t know what the Windows key is (I’ll use WIN as an abbreviation), so I’ll explain it. It’s the key on a PC keyboard that is usually between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left side and between the Alt and Context key on the right side. It has the Windows logo (flag) on it. I will not be stating the obvious shortcuts such as Page Up/Down, Delete, etc. but will include a few that I never see people use when they should.
CTRL+C = Copy
CTRL+X = Cut
CTRL+V = Paste
CTRL+Z = Undo
CTRL+Y = Redo
CTRL+A = Select All
Moving The Cursor
Home = Move to the beggining of a line
CTRL+Home = Move to the beggining of a file
End = Move to the end of a line
CTRL+End = Move to the end of a file
CTRL+Right Arrow = Move to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+Left Arrow = Move to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL+SHIFT+Right Arrow = Hightlight the next word (Hold CTRL+SHIFT and press Right Arrow to highlight multiple words)
CTRL+SHIFT+Left Arrow = Hightlight the previous word (Hold CTRL+SHIFT and press Right Arrow to highlight multiple words)
CTRL+SHIFT+Home = Highlight from the current position to the beginning of the file
CTRL+SHIFT+End= Highlight from the current position to the end of the file
WIN+E = Open Windows Explorer
WIN+D = Minimize all open windows and show the Desktop
WIN+M = Minimize all open windows
WIN+SHIFT+M = Restores minimized windows
WIN+Break = Display the System Properties
CTRL+SHIFT+ESC = Display the Windows Task Manager
ALT+F4 = Close a window
Highlight a line when I’m in the middle of it….Home, SHIFT+End OR End, SHIFT+Home
Highlight everything below (and including) the line that I’m on…Home,CTRL+SHIFT+End
You get the idea!
Trust me…if you learn just a few of these, your life will be so much more enjoyable!
Have any shortuts not listed that I might benefit from?