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(Windows) Quick computer shortcuts to save time
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Learn keyboard combinations to quickly access programs, functions, and documents

If you're looking to work more efficiently in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Internet Explorer, the key is using programmed shortcuts.On 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 the file/folder, click F2, and then re-type the name
Find out when the file or folder was created, by whom, and how big it is
Select the file, right-click, and then click Properties
Display the Start menu
Ctrl + Esc
Create a shortcut on your desktop to your favorite 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 desired file or program
With Word
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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
Italicize 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
With Excel
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Use this shortcut
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
Enter 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 Cells dialog box
Ctrl + 1
Apply the general number format
Ctrl + Shift + ~
Turn numbers into dollars
Ctrl + Shift + $
Make numbers a percentage
Ctrl + Shift + %
Apply a border
Ctrl + Shift + &
With Internet Explorer
To...
Use this shortcut
Add sites to your Favorites

Go to the site.

Hit Ctrl + D to add to your Favorites.

Select Favorites and then Add to Favorites 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 that you would like to make your home page.

Open the Tools menu and select Internet Options.

Under Home page, click 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 that you would like and double-click.

If the History button is not visible, go to the View menu, select Explorer Bar, and then click History to access.
Customize your toolbar to the tools you use most frequently

Right-click your top navigation.

Select the icons that you use or go to the View menu, select Toolbars, and then click Customize.

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