Being even a little tech savvy would not only show clients that you can do the job but can also save time. Instead of using the mouse to click on the "print" button or click on the menu on "File", then "print", it is a lot quicker to just press Ctrl+P. Each time they are used, it would save time that can add up to minutes each day and hours saved each month that can be use for other important tasks like relaxing in a comfortable sofa with a warm cup of coffee.
Below are some basic keyboard shortcuts that would be very handy when using the computer no matter what industry one works in. Will list some advance shortcuts next time.
Basic keyboard shortcuts
F1 - Get Help
Open the help menu for the current program that you are using.
F2 - Rename Items
When selecting a file, folder, or drive, pressing F2 allows renaming the file or folder or drive description.
F5 - Refresh Views
Update the current display like any new files or shortcuts on the desktop or update the current web page to show any new changes or emails.
F10 - Open Menu Options
Activates the menu bar, which is the same as pressing the Alt key or clicking the menu options of File, Tools, Edit, etc.
Shift + F10 - View Right-click menu
Activates the right-click menu options.
Ctrl + C - Copy Content
Copy any text or file that is selected. A very useful shortcut especially when combined with the paste shortcut.
Ctrl + X - Cut Content
Similar to the Copy Content except that it moves the text or file.
Ctrl + V - Paste Content
Paste either the text to where the cursor is or add the copy files or folders to the current location.
Ctrl + Z - Undo Action
Undo a previous action. Especially useful if text was accidently deleted from a document.
Ctrl + Y - Redo Action
To add back something that was undone previously.
Ctrl + A - Select All
Select all text from a file or all files from a folder. Use with the Copy and Paste function to save time and hassle.
Alt + Tab - Switch between Windows
Quickly switch between open programs such as spreadsheets and websites.
Ctrl + Alt + Del - Restart Windows
Opens up the Task Manager to provide the option of ending a program that have stopped working properly, closing Windows or restarting Windows.
Alt + F4 - Close Program
Close current program that is active.
Ctrl + F4 - Close Window
Close a window of a current program. If there are multiple spreadsheets or web pages open, it will just close that current spreadsheet or web page instead of all.
Shift + Delete - Delete File Permanently
Deletes file or folder without putting into the recycle bin. Be careful of using this option unless you are really sure you don't need the file or folder or have a good Undelete program.
Windows key + R - Launch Run
Opens the Run box to manually run programs not on program list. Very useful for Dos users or opening programs quickly.
Windows key + E - Launch Windows Explorer
Opens the Windows explorer.
Windows key + D - View Desktop
Quickly display the desktop and minimize any program. One of my favorite shortcuts.