Power User: CMD & CTRL
COMMAND + _______
CTRL + _______
I am a what techies call a POWER user. Becoming a power user won’t happen overnight. Give it a few nights. What is a power user? A power user knows how to utilize a program for more than its basic functions. Power users know shortcuts that improve and speed up productivity. It really is starting at times because it does become harder and harder to remember the keyboard shortcuts. Let’s start small for the first time okay?
Today we will look over some MUST know commands for any Internet browser. This guide will cover using the modifier key CTRL (Windows) and CMD/COMMAND/APPLE (Mac) in conjunction with another key. These keys are interchangeable. Because I have a Mac, I will write CMD, but it should work the same if you use Windows and use the CTRL key instead. Ready? Here we go.
CMD + N = Open new window
CMD + T = Open new tab
CMD + W = Close current tab / window
CMD + Q = Quit program
CMD + K = Jump to the search engine address bar (Firefox only, Chrome need not apply because the URL bar is the search bar as well, and Safari doesn’t work).
CMD + “+” = Zoom In
CMD + “-” = Zoom Out
The ones below are pretty common and function the same universally in most programs.
CMD + P = Print
CMD + V = Copy
CMD + C = Paste
CMD + S = Save As
When I’m surfing the web. I generally have a dozen or more tabs open. My right hand is on my trackpad and my left hand fingers are always close to if not on CMD + W and CMD + T. Closing tabs with the short cut is much more efficient than mousing up to find the little “x” to close.
More next time!
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