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Shortcut keys

(20 Posts)
NanKate Sun 14-Jun-15 08:50:49

I prefer to use shortcut keys on my computer when I can. If anyone else does this can we exchange the shortcuts we use in case we don't know them all?

For starters

Control 5 changes spacing into one and a half
Control 2 double spacing
Control Z undo an action
Control shift B gets you to the Address Book on your emails

I could be teaching my Granny to suck eggs grin but I am not sure how many of us use these shortcuts.

soontobe Sun 14-Jun-15 09:15:06

I dont think I know any shortcuts at all. I didnt know they existed. Great thread.

Grannyknot Sun 14-Jun-15 09:22:09

I love keyboard shortcuts. So old school grin

The most useful one my daughter taught me is:

Highlight word, heading or sentence. Then CTRL + relevant square bracket (facing left or facing right), either enlarges or makes smaller. It even works for spaces between paragraphs.


Gracesgran Sun 14-Jun-15 09:36:05

Like Grannyknot and NanKate I find shortcuts very comforting. The most common ones I use are "ctrl C" for copy or "ctrl X" for cut then "ctrl V" for paste.

NanKate Sun 14-Jun-15 10:14:21

Lovely to see such enthusiastic short cutters. smile

What about control P - go to print

NanKate Sun 14-Jun-15 10:24:40

I am on a roll now !!

If you want to type fractions just type the first number e.g. 3 then leave a space then type 1/2 and press Enter, Voilà it should appear as a fraction. I doesn't work in this message box but it does in a Word document.

MiniMouse Mon 15-Jun-15 19:38:30

These are brilliant! I had no idea about the spacing shortcuts. Tomorrow will be Playtime, then grin Thanks for creating another excuse not to do the housework wink

crun Mon 15-Jun-15 19:56:37

MiniMouse Tue 16-Jun-15 10:50:33

Thanks crun No chores for about the next ten years now wink

crun Wed 17-Jun-15 12:13:47

Here's a useful one I discovered by accident: Try holding the Windows start key down while you press the arrow keys.

NanKate Wed 17-Jun-15 18:51:57

Before I try this Crun was does it do ?

crun Wed 17-Jun-15 20:49:27

Left arrow puts the window on the left side of the screen, right arrow on the right etc. If you want to view two windows side by side it's a lot quicker than dragging them with the mouse. I use it a lot.

feetlebaum Thu 18-Jun-15 07:37:00

Nice one Crun - never come across that before. Thanks!

crun Thu 18-Jun-15 16:30:35

I assume you know ctrl-k: copy page to a new tab, and ctrl-n: copy to a new window. I use both of those a lot too. The one I want but can't find is for yellow highlight in MS Word.

Galen Thu 18-Jun-15 16:34:28

Anyone know any iPad shortcuts?

NanKate Thu 18-Jun-15 17:04:21

The only one I know Galen was taught to me by another clever Gransnetter. Hold you finger down on the zero number and a tiny version will come up to use for a degree sign. You just drag your finger up to it eg


Galen Sun 21-Jun-15 12:03:33

If you do the same with a letter requiring an accent use the same technique êęëė

NanKate Mon 22-Jun-15 07:42:11

Thanks Galen I didn't know that very useful, Voilá smile

NanKate Mon 22-Jun-15 07:43:56

Think it should have been Voilà

Nelliemoser Mon 22-Jun-15 08:25:19

When I did a sciency OU course several years ago I got used to using all those subscripts and superscript stuff for the chemistry stuff of rocks. I would not know where to start now.