6 Keyboard Shortcuts to Help You Work Faster

“I wish there was more time in the day.” If that sounds like you, you’re not alone! There are a wide range of ways to find time in your day-to-day routine, but even the smallest changes can add up. Saving just a few minutes per day can add up to extra hours in the week and entire days in the year for you to pursue your passions, start side projects, or just simply relax. Technology companies are on the same page! Microsoft and Apple both have baked keyboard shortcuts into their operating systems that cut the hassle out of the basics to help make work easier.

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Undo: CTRL+Z/⌘+Z

When you accidentally delete an entire paragraph of text, no worries! CTRL+Z/⌘+Z is an instant way to roll back your most recent changes, saving you from potentially having to redo hours of work after a small mistake.

Copy and Paste: CTRL+C/⌘+C and CTRL+V/⌘+V

Never retype text again! From passwords to text blocks, copying and pasting with CTRL+C and CTRL+V is the ultimate power combo that helps you move text from one area to another. For repetitive monthly spreadsheets and forms, this small shortcut saves hours of work without sacrificing quality – after all, it’s a direct copy!

Find: CTRL+F/⌘+F

Whether you’re working in a document or on a web page, CTRL+F/⌘+F helps you easily find keywords, sentences, or even entire paragraphs in an instant. The days of having to scan through 60-page PDFs are in the past – simply open search, type in your query, and you’re good to go!

Window Snapping: Win+Left Arrow/Right Arrow

Each computer monitor has limited real estate for program windows and content, but window snapping helps you effortlessly make room for two or more programs without the need for a second monitor. In Windows 10, holding down the Windows Key and then pressing left or right snaps your window into place. Performing this action on two open windows easily divides the screen space so that you’ve got eyes on everything that you need to see 24/7. Go the extra mile – once you’ve snapped a window to the left or right, use Win+Up Arrow to take up a quarter of your screen and make room for even more!

Switch Between Apps: Alt+Tab/⌘+Tab

There are a lot of programs in play each day, powering our work routines and helping us achieve peak productivity. Whether you’re switching between an online database and Excel, an email and a Word document, or another combo of popular programs, Alt+Tab opens up a menu of open programs. Hitting Tab with Alt still held down cycles through each program and helps you quickly cut through the clutter and get to the programs that matter most in seconds.

Lock Your Computer: Win+L/CTRL+⌘+Q

When you’re working and need to step away from your machine, always lock your computer – especially if you’re working in a public area like a library or coffee shop. For Windows users, Win+L on Windows or CTRL+⌘+Q on Mac quickly and easily locks your computer, keeping the bad guys out and your work in.

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