How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts (With Bonus Cheat Sheet)

computer-keyboard-keys-blackBy now the average computer user might be familiar with a few of the most common (and life-saving!) keyboard shortcuts, like Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste).

I say “might” because, while I cannot personally remember my life “before shortcuts” (it was probably a scary age, with the dinosaurs and all), I also know some very recent converts.

In comparing notes with them, I found that some of my favorite shortcuts were still widely unknown; my goal today is enlightenment.

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How to Type – Part 2 – Introduction to the Computer Keyboard

computer-keyboard-keysAre you familiar with QWERTY?

In all likelihood, you are familiar with QWERTY whether you know it or not. Most — if not all — computer keyboards use the QWERTY layout, which gets its name from the first six letters across the top.

Hint: Don’t use QWERTY as your password, unless you’re trying to get hacked. And, while we’re on the subject, don’t use “1234567” or “password” as your password either.

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How to Type – Part 1 – Introduction to Typing

computer-keyboard-keysDo you know how to type?

The fine art of typing involves more than using one or two index fingers to “hunt and peck”. In fact, after learning how to type, you should find it difficult to go back to hunting and pecking.

Typing is the process of utilizing all ten fingers, fanned out across your keyboard, so that each key is only ever pressed by it’s designated finger.

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Customization Vs. Configuration

jumbled-lettersAfter realizing that I use the words “customize” and “configure” somewhat interchangeably, I decided it would be a good idea to do some research.

I figure that I should know how badly I’m misusing these words, at the very least. To that end I looked up the Merriam-Webster definitions.

cus·tom·ize (verb): to change (something) in order to fit the needs or requirements of a person, business, etc. (source)

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To Customize or Not to Customize

computer-configurationI’m finicky. Often-times I experience various degrees of inability to fully concentrate, unless everything around me is just so.

All items in my immediate vicinity (desk/workstation) must be within their assigned locations — or out of sight completely — so that they do not act as distractions. I try very hard not to look at — or think about — the nearby work spaces that are out of my control (out of control?).

Similarly, I have very decided opinions about what I do and do not want on my computer’s desktop, how I organize my files, how my programs are configured, and just about every aspect of customization that ever takes place on my computer.

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