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Oldies but Goodies: Part Two

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November 9, 2018

Part One of this series listed keyboard shortcuts that use the Ctrl key in combination with the keys that are found in the lower-left of the keyboard―some of the earliest and most commonly used shortcuts available! The ribbon buttons that correspond to those keyboard shortcuts can be found on the Home tab of most Microsoft applications in the Clipboard and Editing groups.

If you find that you're constantly clicking on a ribbon button, you may want to hover your mouse over the button to see if it has a corresponding keyboard shortcut. Today, we'll look at some other key combinations that use the Ctrl key in conjunction with another keyboard key to assist in performing other important actions, such as formatting and printing text. With a few notable exceptions, the first letter of the name of the action is used. Select the text first, and then use the keyboard shortcut to format the text. Here are a few examples:

  • Ctrl + B = Bold
  • Ctrl + I = Italicize
  • Ctrl + U = Underline
  • Ctrl + L = Left Align
  • Ctrl + E = Center Align
  • Ctrl + R = Right Align
  • Ctrl + J = Justify
  • Ctrl + K = Hyperlink

One more very useful keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + P, which prints what needs to be printed even when there is no visible, discernable Print button or menu item available. You will probably experience an example of this printing challenge with forms on websites.

If you're looking for more information on keyboard shortcuts, visit Lynda.com for short videos highlighting some of these key combinations for a variety of programs. At first, adopting keyboard shortcuts may take some practice and will perhaps feel a bit awkward; but as you become more confident in their use, you’ll find that you’re automatically applying them without even thinking.
 

Terri M.
Consumer Technology Specialist

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Thank you so much!

I'm a big fan of keyboard shortcuts and there are a number listed above I'm going to start using on the regular.

Really good stuff!

From Rick G. (not verified)
Sun, 11/11/2018 - 09:07am

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