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Keyboard tricks you might not know

Updated on June 1, 2010

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What style of computer user are you? I have long used mouse clicks to get around but here's a short hub on some real neat little tricks you may not know about.

The plus sign (+) just means '"in combination with" in the following - do not press it!

CTRL + F What happens? You should see a box drop down from the top of your browser. Type in words (letter strings - combinations of letters) whatever you're looking for in a page will be highlighted.

Very useful when looking through css source code to find particular style attributes on a page.

Of course for non-web developers helps relocate a word or phrase in a page. Try it!

Some browsers (SAFARI) will even tell you how many matches were found.

Oops! Shouldn't of done that moments:

ESC stops the operation - for example you've written an email and forgotton to add a vital detail - instead of trying to get your mouse to the (X) in time just press ESC

Also stops loading of a page in your browser and will close an open window. Very useful!

CTRL + Y redo the changes you just made


Find a key with "Print Screen" or Prnt Scrn written on it. Press it. What happens?

Seemingly nothing but actually what you were staring at when you pressed this button is now in your clipboard and can be pasted. Check it out!

Open the image editor that comes with windows (or any editor on your computer).

What's an image editor ?  You'll find one pre-installed with your operating system (windows).

Do this to find it:

Start->All Programs ->Accessories ->Paint->Edit ->Paste

You should be looking now at the image that was displayed on your monitor when you pressed print screen.


Alt + Print Screen - takes a snap of the active window only (not whole monitor view)


You probably know these already but just in case:

CTRL + A You should see everything in view selected. Equivalent to "Select All"

CTRL + C copies your selection to the clipboard.

CTRL + V pastes what's in the clipboard

CTRL + X cuts out a selection and places in the clipboard

REFRESH browser

F5 Useful if page load seems to get stuck, pressing this key should fix it.

HOME and END keys

These are quicker than scrolling with the mouse and a lot less tiresome. Try it!

How did you find that?

Home takes you to the TOP of the page. Also takes you to the beginning of the current line cursor is flickering in (when editing).

END takes you to the BOTTOM. Also takes you to the beginning of the current line cursor is flickering in (when editing).


If you want to learn more about the browser and the ins and outs of using it - press the F1 key to open a help window.

Well that's it. Just a short hub. If you try any of the above and get different results let me know along with the browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Firefox etc...)


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      Ebonny 5 years ago from UK

      Many of these are new to me - thanks for sharing.

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      Author 6 years ago

      Life and speed - inseparable! Thanks myi4u

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      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      These keyboard shortcuts are useful and it really speeds things up. Who needs a multimedia keyboard anyway??!!

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      Author 7 years ago

      no worries, lorlie6!

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      psychicdog-fantastic keyboard knowledge to have on hand! I'm pretty new at this game and I love gathering all the basics that I can!


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      Author 7 years ago

      thanks for dropping in with feedback Money Glitch. You are a trually awesome reciprocator - a rare breed!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      I do some of these keyboard tricks automatically while others I tend to forget about them. Thanks for sharing the keyboard tricks. :)