Keyboard Shortcuts

How did we ever survive when we had to wait for a modem to link with the internet or wait precious minutes for images to download only to lose the connection? We must have had a whole lot more patience a few decades ago. As our world becomes more and more technologically advanced, we expect immediate gratification when it comes to all types of computer work. Think of how aggravated we all get if our computer is running slow or websites do not load immediately. The same goes for our need to make everything into a shortcut, including the functions on our keyboard. Just by pressing a unique combination of keys, users can do things that normally require a mouse, trackpad, or other input device.

 

Macintosh Products

For quick keystroke shortcuts on Apple products, users will need to hold down one or more modifier keys while pressing the last key of the shortcut. Apple has conveniently published all of their shortcuts on their website so that users can have easy access to all keyboard commands. Some Mac keyboards and shortcuts use special keys in the top row, which include icons for volume, display brightness, and other functions. Press the icon key to perform that function, or combine it with the Fn key to use it as an F1, F2, F3, or other standard function key. For a list of all command shortcuts follow the link to the Apple site and you can either bookmark it or print it for easy reference. We guarantee after a few uses you won’t need a cheat sheet. Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Microsoft Window PC Products

If you’re using a keyboard made for Microsoft Windows PCs, use the Alt key instead of Option, and the Windows logo key instead of Command. Dramatically increase productivity by memorizing or becoming familiar with these shortcuts we found at Microsoft’s Support Site. The list is rather extensive so you may need to categorize them for your easy viewing. However, the site does allow you to search by Windows version to make the job a little easier.

Care for your Keyboard

 

A computer keyboard is probably the most used part of your desktop or laptop. Without it, navigating your computer becomes fairly difficult, if not impossible. Unfortunately, your keyboard is also the most abused and overlooked part of your work space. How many times have you eaten lunch or a snack over your keyboard only to lose bits of your sandwich or chips into the dark recesses beneath the keys or, worse yet, spilled drops of your coffee on the board. Add to the crumbs and spills, the natural buildup of gunk and the keyboard is like its own little ecosystem. Therefore, cleaning and caring for your keyboard should be a top priority. Here are some quick tips to caring for your keyboard.

 

  • Avoid getting the keyboard wet. I know, I know. . . . drinking your morning coffee at your desk is a part of how you function each day. So, try putting a cover on your cup or putting it in a non spill mug. Liquids can short circuit a keyboard. If you do spill turn the keyboard over and shake out the liquid as much as possible. Use a can of compressed air to blow out the liquid from between the keys. Always unplug it if you think it could short out.
  • Use a transparent cover. Using a transparent cover can keep dust and unwanted debris from getting between the keys but will allow you to continue to type.
  • Regularly clean your keyboard. Keeping your keyboard clean is an easy process that you should perform regularly. You will need compressed air, a vacuum cleaner, a lint-free cloth and mild liquid dishwashing detergent. Try starting the cleaning by tapping out the dirt, then blowing it out. Clean each surface of the keys as well. Then, use a vacuum to suck out the dirt.
  • Intensive cleaning may be needed occasionally. For really filthy keyboards you may need to take the board apart and clean under each letter and number individually. This may include removing each key and cleaning under each with a Q-Tip.