When you see someone working away at a pc and getting things done irritatingly fast, these are the keyboard shortcuts they'll be using. So join them. Whether you use a Microsoft Windows pc or an Apple one, use the following and you'll get things done more quickly. Print this list out and pin it by your machine for a week or so.
Control/Apple 'Command' key and 'C' will copy something.
Hold down the 'Control or 'Apple' key and press 'C' ...
Control/Apple 'Command' key and 'X' will cut it.
Control/Apple 'Command' key and 'V' will paste it.
Control/Apple 'Command' key and 'Z' will, if you are lucky, undo the last thing you did.
Control/Apple 'Command' key and 'A' will select everything. All files, all text in a document ...
Control/Apple 'Command' key and 'S' will save the file you're currently working on. Much easier to do while typing than groping for 'File/save' with a mouse. Cultivate the habit of hitting Control and 'S' when you are making progress with your work and sooner or later you will be thankful that you did.
The Windows 'Delete' key will delete the currently selected object - very useful when working with files as well as text ... and perhaps Control/'Apple' key and 'Z' will bring them back .... If you're stuck with deleting something on an Apple pc, drag it to the trash.
Managing groups of things - e.g. files or email. If you are selecting things from a list of stuff, hold down 'Control' and click items to select a group of individuals or ... select the first of a block, press 'Shift' and select the last, to pick everything between the two.
Tab. Press tab to move to the next field on a form.
Alt/'Apple' key + Tab. Hold down Alt/'Apple' key and press 'Tab' repeatedly to switch between open applications.
All before you, in this world, is smoke and shadows.All before you, in this world, is smoke and shadows.
Words found on a door lintel in the garden of a house in the Cretan village of Argiroupolis.
The lintel is a fragment from the city state Lappa, which occupied the same site.
Fifteen hundred years later, when you use the web, from time to time you might well feel that the author was on to something. And if you work with particle physics, you'll know he was ...