How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time

If you’re wondering how keyboard shortcuts can save you time, you’re probably already a strong typer: you likely know to place your index fingers on f and j, and you may even type to the tune of 60 words per minute—but there’s a much bigger time saver than any of that out there. 

Saving More Than Minutes

Maybe you haven’t taken the time to learn keyboard shortcuts in the past because you figure a few seconds every day isn’t going to make a difference, but think again. If your job requires you to stay on your computer for most of the work day, keyboard shortcuts could save you a whopping 8 days every year. 

That kind of productivity boost is nothing to sneeze at, so keyboard shortcuts are clearly worth the few minutes it takes to learn them. 

The Basics and Beyond

You may already know a few handy tricks, like pressing control + t/command + t to open a new tab, or this concept may be foreign to you. Either way, here are the basic shortcuts every computer user should know:

Copy/Paste: For Windows, copy is control + c, and paste is control +v. For Mac, it’s the same formula with command taking the place of control. 

Scroll Up/Down: For both major operating systems, you can press the spacebar to scroll down a page, and space + shift to scroll up. 

Undo: Control + z and command + z for Windows and Mac respectively will allow you to undo whatever action you’ve just performed. 

As you master these easy shortcuts, you may want to move on to more advanced ones, like alt + tab to toggle between open screens, and even more handy keystrokes.

You may not realize how much time you’re wasting by moving your hand from the keyboard to the mouse or trackpad, but you’ll certainly notice once you start saving it.