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Keyboard Shortcuts

The mouse is a wonderful thing (I'm not referring to the squeaky kind that likes cheese), but it can be inefficient for many tasks. For example, to choose the Print command so that you can print your document, you would move the mouse to the File menu, and then scan down the list of items and choose Print. Printing can be something you do quite often, and having to navigate back to that File menu each time can be time-consuming.

The good news is that there are keyboard shortcuts—or keys you can press on your keyboard to perform specific tasks or functions—that can save a whole lot of time. In the example I gave previously, simply pressing Command+P (Ctrl+P) invokes the Print command. In fact, there are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts for many different tasks. Power users take advantage of keyboard shortcuts to execute tasks quickly. Keyboard shortcuts can even be used to switch between different tools, enabling you to focus more clearly on the work at hand. You'll find that as you become more adept at using keyboard shortcuts, switching between tools and performing certain functions will become second nature—almost to the point that you won't be consciously aware that you are doing it.


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