Douglas Engelbart introduced a prototype of the first computer mouse in 1964 – it was made of a wooden shell and had 2 metal wheels. Billions and billions of clicks later, we now have a version of the mouse on nearly every laptop and desktop computer in use.
The mouse is undoubtedly a powerful tool that revolutionized the use of a computer. According to a study by Wellnomics, for every 1 hour on the computer, 33 minutes is spent using the mouse and for every 1.6 keyboard strokes, there’s a mouse click.
It can easily become habit to automatically reach for the mouse while working with your computer, but is it the most efficient approach? You have options and shortcut keys may be your solution.
Here are 10 shortcuts available in Microsoft Office that can be used to limit your dependency on the mouse:
|• Select Text||= SHIFT+arrow keys|
|• Cut||= CTL+X|
|• Copy||= CTL+C|
|• Paste||= CTL+V|
|• Undo||= CTL+Z|
|• Re-do||= CTL+Y|
|• Spell Check||= F7|
|• Save||= CTL+S|
|• Find||= CTL+F|
|• Help||= F1|
There are hundreds of shortcuts available along with plenty of documentation on the web. If you’re a heavy mouse user, find a few that could save you time and start there. If you’re already using keyboard shortcuts, share some of your favorites with us!