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Technical tips

Top 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are our top ten tips to help you become more efficient on your computer. These shortcuts make computer work easier and can even reduce the likelihood of repetitive strain.


Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Copy the highlighted text or selected item.

Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Copy the highlighted text or selected item.

Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + z

Undo any change. Or use Ctrl + Y to re-do the change.

Ctrl + F

Opens the Find option in any program. This helps you find exact words or phrases in a document or website.

Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab

This shortcut will switch between open programs moving forward.

Tip: Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between tabs in a program.
Tip: Adding the Shift key to Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab will move backwards. For example, if you are pressing Alt + Tab and pass the program you want to switch to, press Alt + Shift + Tab to move backwards to that program.
Tip: Windows Vista and 7 users can also press the Windows Key + Tab to switch through open programs in a full screenshot of the Window.

Ctrl + Back space and Ctrl + Left or Right arrow

Press Ctrl + Backspace to delete a full word with every press of the backspace key.

Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. To highlight one word at a time you can hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction.

Ctrl + S

This is shortcut saves your file. It’s a good idea to get into a habit of using it frequently!

Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End

Ctrl + Home will move the cursor to the beginning of the document and Ctrl + End will move the cursor to the end of a document.

Ctrl + P

Open a print preview of the current page or document you are viewing.

Page Up, Space bar, and Page Down

The page up or page down keys will move you through a document in the respective direction. When browsing the Internet pressing the space bar also moves the page down one page at a time.

Tip: If you are using the space bar to go down one page at a time press the Shift key and space bar to go up one page at a time.



Top tips on the Internet

The Internet moves so fast, that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. Here are our top tips and tricks to help keep you up to speed.

Drop http:// and www. from your web addresses. These are no longer needed when typing in website addresses!

Filling out forms is a lot quicker if you simply just press the Tab key to get to the next field, rather than clicking with your mouse.

Tabbed browsing makes opening new tabs easy. Simply hold down the Ctrl Key when you click on a link within a web page – it will then open that content in a new tab.

Refine your Internet search results by using quotes to search. Putting your text in quotes means search engines search for that exact phrase, not the individual words in that phrase.

The Internet is full of free online services. For example, Google is not just a search engine – they also have apps like calendars, docs, translators, mail and maps! Search them out and use them to make your Internet experience something you can really make the most of!

Check out new browsers to see if there is one that is better suited to what you need. Some of the most popular browsers are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.

Improve your browser experience with add-ons and plug-ins. These are app-like additions to your browser that improve functionality and/or personalize the look of your browser. To make the most of these features, ensure your browser and the plug-ins are always up-to-date.

Every Internet browser has its special shortcuts. Here are some of the most used shortcuts…

  • Press Alt + D to move the cursor into the address bar.
  • Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or – to increase and decrease the size of text. Ctrl + 0 will reset the text.
  • Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.
  • Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.
  • Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return to the normal view.
  • Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.
  • Press Ctrl + F to search for text within the current web page.