I think by now, most of our readers know that I am a fan of keyboard shortcuts. My reason? If used correctly, they can increase one’s efficiency and productivity. In the past, we have covered shortcuts that can be useful when working in Microsoft Word. This time around, we are going to cover a few helpful shortcuts for Windows 10.
I have found these shortcuts to be extremely useful while I have been working remotely and without my normal equipment, such as a second screen. The shortcuts listed below, however, are designed to save you the hassle of using a mouse, so you just might find that you want to use them all the time.
Here are my recommended shortcuts:
Window logo key + E – This will bring up file explorer. I find this useful in that I don’t have to leave my file explorer window open, in addition to whatever else I may be using at the time. I can just use the shortcut to access and open what I need.
Alt + Tab – This will allow you to toggle through all your active windows, cutting out the need to reach over and grab your mouse.
Windows logo key + D – This will minimize an open window on the desktop.
Windows logo key + Shift + M – This will restore minimized windows on the desktop.
Shift +Ctrl + T – This will reopen a browser tab that was previously closed. I think we have all been in this situation before where you have multiple browser tabs open and you close one too soon. Just use this shortcut, and you can immediately bring the tab back open.
If you are interested in learning more Windows 10 shortcuts, visit Microsoft’s shortcuts page for more.
By Danielle M. Hall, Deputy Disciplinary Administrator, Office of the Disciplinary Administrator
In several recent blog posts, I have highlighted the usefulness of using keyboard shortcuts into your everyday typing. It is no secret using shortcuts can make you more efficient at doing certain computer tasks. So given the benefits, I have listed below a few more shortcuts that you can add to your cheat sheet. All of them involve using the Ctrl key on your keyboard.
Ctrl + a
select an entire document or a window
Ctrl + c
copy a selected item
Ctrl + v
paste what you have copied
Ctrl + x
delete the selected text
Ctrl + z
undo an action
Ctrl + y
redo an action
Ctrl + d
delete a selected item or file and move it to the recycle bin on your computer
Ctrl + r
refresh and active a window
There are many more keyboard shortcuts you can use when working in Windows. For a complete list, clickhere. If you are a Mac user, you can still use most of these same shortcuts by using the Command key on your keyboard in place of the Ctrl key. Clickhereto view Mac shortcuts.
Do you have a favorite shortcut or maybe a shortcut you created specifically for law-related work? If so, let me know, and I can share it with our readers!
Most of us use Microsoft Word frequently in our day-to-day work, however, if I had to bet, I would say that most of us are probably not taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts to work more efficiently when creating documents.
If you have ever created a document which included the § and ¶ symbols, you know that it can be cumbersome to insert these special characters in Word. Typically, you would need to:
Click the Insert tab
Click More Symbols
Select the Special Characters tab
Choose the special character you want to insert, and finally select Insert
Constantly taking your hands off the keyboard in this manner to point and click with your mouse can add up to a lot of wasted time. So, what if I told you that there are shortcuts to all this clicking with a mouse?
First, if you are using a PC you will want to make sure you have the number lock enabled on your keyboard, and that you are using the numeric keyboard on the right. The shortcut on a PC for § is Alt+21, and for ¶ is Alt+20. For Mac users, your shortcut for § is Option+6, and for ¶ is Option+7. It is that simple!