Favorite Computer Shortcuts...and How to Learn Them!

Linking up with my favorite Trio (That's me! :) for Technology Thursday.  For more great Tech Tips check out Teaching Trio!

Shortcuts make life soooo much easier and save oodles of time! Hummmm... probably why they are named shortcuts....

These short cuts are some of the new ones I am trying to learn so I thought I would share.  Now, don't wig out on me and go cross-eyed thinking you can't remember all of these short cuts.  I can't either!  That is why I have re-posted a special tip at the bottom to help us remember and learn the shortcuts we need. So KEEP READING!

CTRL + ESC :  Qpens the start menu!  Yay! No more searching on Windows 8!

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC:  Launches the Task Manager directly without closing everything else down when you use CTRL + ALT + DEL.

ALT + F4: Closes the current program that you are using.  This saves you the time of moving your mouse up to that teeny tiny x.

CTRL + W:  Closes the current window that you are in.  This is especially helpful when you have a lot of browser windows open but only want to close the top one.

F6:  Jump to the browser address bar from anywhere on the page.  Love this!  No more moving to my mouse and dragging the cursor to the address bar!  F6 and BOOM, you are there!

ALT + TAB: Cycle through all of your open windows on your computer!  One of my new favorites!  Love this since I always have lots open at one time and am constantly going back and forth between windows and programs.  It is also kind of fun....

CTRL + TAB: Cycle through all of your browser window!  Okay, I love this one too!  I don't have to go to my mouse and drag it to the tabs at the top of my browser anymore!  I can do this one with my 2 little fingers!  Fun!

Now you are probably wondering, "How am I ever going to remember all of these shortcuts?" Take a look below!

Have you ever seen those huge lists of keyboard shortcuts?   Just looking at one of those lists stresses me out.  How am I ever supposed to learn them all?  AND if I have to look up the shortcut every time I have to use it, how would that save me any time? Who knew that "shortcuts" could be so overwhelming and time consuming?

I wish I could take credit for this tip, but, of course, like the good teacher that I am, I have "borrowed" it from a technology class I had on Microsoft Excel.  The instructor handed out a sheet of about 100 or so keyboard "shortcuts" and then gave us this tip on how to learn them all.  Yes, my friends, I did say ALL.  And the tip is soooo simple ...

Write 3 keyboard shortcuts on sticky note.
Stick the note to your monitor.

Leave it there until you have learned those shortcuts and they become automatic.
Remove the learned shortcuts' sticky note.
Replace it with a sticky note with 3 new shortcuts.
Continue the cycle until you have learned all of the keyboard shortcuts!



  1. Juliet,
    Thanks for the tip about using the sticky notes to help you learn the shortcuts. I always think wow, that's great, but then promptly forget the shortcut.

    Brynn Allison
    The Literary Maven

  2. I sooooo need to do this. Maybe you could get me started over Christmas? You are awesome. Mom is so proud of you.

  3. There were a few here that I didn't know! Thanks for sharing!!


  4. Thanks so much for the shortcuts. We are now using a MAC book at school...hate it because I know nothing. I am trying to keep up and anything helps! Thanks for posting!

    Renee at The Science School Yard


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