Anytime I have to do a task more than three or four times, I start thinking about how to make it more efficient. One of the ways to do this is to keep my hands on the keyboard as long as possible. The more I have to switch back and forth between my mouse and keyboard, the more time I lose and the more frustrated I feel.
To help save you this time and frustration in many applications, use the Alt key. For example, in Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, press the Alt key one time and look at the pop ups that are ready to help you:
If you want to insert a table, for example, you would press Alt and then type N to get you to Insert. After you see the Insert ribbon, you can see all the shortcuts for that ribbon:
Type T for Table, then use your arrow keys to select the table size you want:
The advantage of using the Alt key is you don’t have to memorize anything. Just watch the screen for the box or underlined letter.
Sounds simple enough, right? I’ll leave you with one more keyboard hint – on many Microsoft keyboards, we printed shortcuts right on the front of the keys. For example, you don’t have to remember that Ctrl+O will “open” if you just look at your keyboard on the front of the letter O key.
Click here for a complete list of our top Windows shortcuts. What shortcuts do you use regularly?