6 Time Saving Tips - Keyboard Shortcuts

6 Time Saving Tips - Keyboard Shortcuts

We all have the same amount of time to get things done. We all use our time differently and are always looking for ways to gain back some time in our days.

I’m always on the lookout for how I can free up my own time and if what I know can help others save time, too, then I’m bloody well going to share it!

Take a quick minute and enter my mind 🚪. Watch out, LOL! A lot happens in here but the most important thing is thinking about what I can teach 👩🏼‍🏫 you this week. I want to always provide helpful tips and tricks that are realistic for anyone to learn and use. I’ll admit, there are times that I struggle and the reason for this is because I’m not taking a step back and looking at things from someone else’s point of view.

What I mean by this is that what I know and use on a daily basis may not be common knowledge to someone else.

This post originated on my #toptiptuesday post on LinkedIn and Facebook. I got some great feedback from my followers that they’d learnt new things from something that I do so automatically.

Come on Lizzi, get on with it, would you?! I know, we all know, I ramble.

You know I’m here to try and save you time. So, this week, it’s all about keyboard shortcuts. They are, honestly, #timesavers and #lifesavers.

When you stop to take your hands off the keyboard to find the mouse you are seriously disrupting your workflow. Every time you need to reach away you are losing time and focus. And, let’s be completely honest and have some fun here, who has grabbed something other than the mouse?


My favourite alternative piece of office equipment is the stapler. Out of the corner of your eye they look the same, right? Yes, it’s a giggle but isn’t that, in itself, even more of a disruption?

I have some really handy and personal favourites when it comes to keyboard shortcuts. I use them on a minute-ly (is that even a word) basis. It doesn’t matter what program or app I’m using these are addictive, especially once you realise how much time you’re going to save.

So, as promised, here my top 6 keyboard shortcuts:

1. Ctrl + C

Highlight a section of text, or an image, and use this shortcut to COPY for use elsewhere.

2. Ctrl + V

Place your cursor in the desired location and use this shortcut to PASTE the copied selection.

3. Ctrl + X

Highlight a section of text, or an image, and use this shortcut to CUT for pasting elsewhere in your document.

4. Ctrl + Z

Use this keyboard shortcut to UNDO what you just did. Depending on the program/app you’re using you can press this repeatedly to undo more.

5. Ctrl + Y

Use this keyboard shortcut to REDO what you just undid!

AND… my all-time favourite keyboard shortcut, great for when you’re using single or multiple screens.

6. Alt + Tab

This keyboard shortcut opens an overall view window which shows you all of the open programs on your desktop.

Holding the ALT key, press the TAB key to move to the next window along until you find the window you want to open. Release both keys on the selected window and it will open for viewing.

This, truly, is my all-time favourite keyboard shortcut. It takes a little while to get used to and you’ll probably find yourself opening windows you didn’t mean to initially 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♂️ but, I promise you, once you start using it you’ll wonder how you ever did without out.

So, how do you feel? Did I teach you something new today?

Do you have a favourite keyboard shortcut that I haven’t listed?

If you’d like to stay on top of my #toptiptuesday posts just head over to my LinkedIn or Facebook pages (whichever you prefer) and start following me. I post a tip every Tuesday, duh, and I promise, they’re worth keeping an eye on.

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