Because I’m a geek, I love discovering ways to make the things I do every day quicker and easier, which explains why I get really excited every time I discover a new hotkey or shortcut!
You might be familiar with ctrl+c, ctrl+x and ctrl+v for copy, cut and paste in your favorite word processor or on the internet, but those are really just the tip of the iceberg.
For example, did you know that hitting ctrl+e in your browser window will move your cursor to the search box in the upper right-hand corner (or the address bar if you’re in Chrome?). Genius! (Find more browser hotkeys here.)
Or that by enabling hotkeys in your Gmail account, you can simply type gt to get to your sent email, gs to get to your starred items and gi to get back to your inbox? And there are a ton of others too!
If you’re a blogger on WordPress, you can hit ctrl+2 or ctrl+3 to change the font type to Heading 2 or Heading 3. You can also set bold and italics, add bulletpoints and so much more!
And if you’re really tech savvy, you can create your own system-wide hotkeys by following this Autokeys tutorial from LifeHacker!
Exciting stuff, right?
Do you use hotkeys to save time and make life easier? What’s your favorite hotkey?