Nothing makes you look like you know what you are doing on a computer more than simply never touching the mouse. You can navigate your entire computer much quicker by just using all of these windows short cuts:
Alt and Tab together: This allows you to switch quickly between open applications.
Alt and Tab and Shift together: gets you the same results as above, but going the other direction.
Alt and Space together: this opens up the same drop down on all windows, allowing you to maximize, minimize, restore or move a window. Sometimes, a window can open up that you can not see anywhere, it might just be way off the visible screen. Hit Alt+space then M, then arrow key (any direction) then use the mouse to move the window around.
Alt and Space, then N: This will quickly minimize the current window.
Windows Key and Tab: This is the same as the ALT+Tab above, but looks way cooler (only in Windows 7 and up)
For highlighting text. Hold down the SHIFT key to highlight text, and use the arrows keys to do the selecting. Now try holding down SHIFT+CONTROL and using the arrow keys, now the cursor will move over whole words.
Need to quickly send an email, hit CRTL+ENTER which hits the send button for you.
Need to quickly close a window, hit ALT and F4 together.
Want to take a “screen shot” to email Kedsey Support with an error message you see, hit the Print Screen button, then paste this into an email (CRTL and V will paste for you). OR to get just a screen shot of your current window, press ALT+Print Screen.
Windows 7 is great for opening programs quickly: hit the windows key, then just type. For example, hit Windows Key, then type “paint” and hit enter, this will open up MS paint for you. I love to take screen shots (ALT+Print Screen) then open paint (Windows key + “paint” then enter) and paste the screen shot (Crtl+V) then add an descriptive arrow or two, then select the graphic, copy it (Crtl+C) and paste that into an email or blog post:
Just Like that.