Thanks for clicking through. As a reward, I will bring you in on a widely known secret, which is mainly used by developers, hackers, and tech nerds. Don’t let that dissuade you though, you will be shocked at how useful it is. Let’s learn about cursor tricks.
Moving the Cursor Around Quickly and Intelligently
These tricks are general computer skills, but when it comes to building your way to true Keyboard Wizardry, these go a long way.
Jump to Begining or End of a Line
There are two buttons for this. The Home and End Key. Their location depends on the keyboard, but they are usually above the arrow keys and to the left of the number pad.
Jump to the Begining or End of a Document/Page/Text Box/Etc…
Use the Home and End key but with the added CTRL modifier key.
Highlight Using the Keyboard
By mixing in the SHIFT button with CTRL and HOME or END you can Select large portions of text without ever touching the mouse.
Delete, Highlight, or Move the Cursor One Word at a Time.
- By holding CTRL and using the LEFT/RIGHT arrow keys, you can move through text one word at a time, rather than the time consuming one character at a time.
- You can use this as CTRL + BACKSPACE/DELETE to delete a word at a time.
- CTRL + SHIFT with arrow keys (left/right) to highlight text one word at a time. Use with up or down to highlight whole lines at a time.
- Use CTRL + UP/DOWN arrows to move by paragraphs rather than lines.
All this will take some time, but go ahead and bookmark this article for later reference as these techniques will definitely save you time in the long run. Especially, if you engage in any of the activities listed in the conclusion section of this article, and here it is.
Although, these techniques may seem weird to some, I have to say that using keyboard shortcuts has helped me stay focused and feel more confident when using different types of software.
Applications like Google Apps, Camptasia, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Text Editors, VLC Media Player, and more, all have keyboard shortcuts as well as the BIGGIE – Browsers. Overall, little regular lessons will get you on the path to Power User and get you wrangling among the finest keyboard cowboys and cowgirls out there.
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