Control A and Other Helpful Shortcut Keys

“Control A and Other Helpful Shortcut Keys” by Joan Y. Edwards

Dear Readers,

Today’s blog post will be brief. I know that surprises you. I hope it will be helpful to those who don’t know the wonders of using the Control and A keys on the keyboard.

If you want to choose all items on a page, hit Control and A. It automatically highlights and selects every item on the page. If you want to copy and paste everything on that page to another document, hit Control and C.  Then go to the page where you want to put it. Hit Control and V. It will paste the whole page of words onto the new page.

If you are moving files from one folder to another, you can use this, too. Hit Control A, then drag the files to the new place in your computer. If you want to upload all the pictures you have to an online photo gallery, hit Control A to choose all of them.

If you want to choose some of the files but not all of them, you can hit Control Shift, and choose folders or files in a row. If you hit Control Shift and one file at the top and another one in the middle it’ll highlight all the files in between. Or just keep clicking and it’ll highlight them all until you stop and do something with them.

Here are three different links to shortcuts that might help speed up the time you spend on the computer.

1. Microsoft Shortcuts for PCs

2. Save 15 keystrokes to complete a url address:

3. Computer

Tell me your favorite shortcut.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards


4 Responses

  1. Joan,

    I learned Control C and Control V before I learned copy and paste. I use it most of the time. I appreciate that you shared about Control A. I’m sure it will come in handy. I don’t use many shortcuts but I may give a few more a try thanks to your blog post. Good information.

    Linda a.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for writing. I’m glad you might try a few shortcuts. Using one you like will save you loads of time. Enjoy Life’s Journey Joan Y. Edwards


  2. Thanks, Joan, for this very practical info.

    Jean Hall


    • Dear Jean, Thanks for writing and saying it’s practical information. I hope it saves you bunches of time. Do something good to celebrate you today. Enjoy Life’s Journey Joan Y. Edwards


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