A keyboard shortcut is a seemingly basic concept. It is a combination of keystrokes that shortens a task, such as opening up a browser or saving a document. Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t take advantage of these simple time-savers.

Plenty of programs, such as Microsoft Office and most web browsers, have built-in keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts can shorten and simplify tasks such as: 

  • Opening up a new browser window
  • Searching for a document
  • Saving a document
  • Attaching a document to an email

While these tasks aren’t too time-consuming when performed with a mouse, the combined time you could possibly save by using keyboard shortcuts is fairly substantial.

If you find yourself performing a lot of repetitive tasks, knowing their shortcuts could certainly be worth the effort. If there isn’t already a built-in shortcut for that task, creating your own shortcuts can be rather easy, depending on the program.

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