Becoming that expert

One of the hang overs from using the computer before the mouse is the ability to access functionality of your computer using keys and key combinations so that you can quick access to things your computer can do.

By removing your hand from the keyboard to use the mouse or the trackpad, you introduce extra time to your computer activity.  It only makes sense then that, if you can keep things on the keyboard, you can increase your productivity.  If you took keyboarding as a course, you know about the home row and the little nubs on the F and J key to anchor your fingers.  A;SLDKFJGHFJDKSLA; (Just for the memories)

Quick typists will use the best keyboarding techniques.

But what about the extras?

There are some standards that go from computer to computer and operating system to operating system.

  • CTRL/Command and N will open a new instance of whatever program you have
  • CTRL/Command and T will open a new tab in your browser
  • CTRL/Command and B will make text bold
  • CTRL/Command and the arrow keys will jump your cursor
  • and the list goes on and on…

You probably have your favourites.

The Windows, Linux and Macintosh keyboards are pretty similar and so it comes as no surprise that most of the key combinations will work with either computer.  Ditto for the Chrome keyboard plus a lot more.

I wandered down this path when I wanted to find a way to capture part of the display.  I have utilities for Windows, Linux and Macintosh to do that so that I can capture part of any application, including a web browser.  Moving to Chrome was a bit of a change since the browser is a major part of the operating system.  I was resigning myself to the fact that I would have to install an extension to do screen captures.  But there was one key that looked a little different from the rest so I went digging.

By itself, the  key, allows you to switch to a different open window.

But when you order a combo, it takes on a different role.

Holding down the CTRL key and pressing it takes a picture of your screen.

Holding down the CTRL and SHIFT key and pressing it lets you capture an area of the screen.  That’s exactly what I was looking for.  No extension needed here.

Of course, any computer user will tell you that if you’ve found one thing, you know there’s more.  So, I did some digging and found the ultimate resource to hep you become a Chrome keyboard expert.

Hold down the CTRL, SHIFT and / key at the same time for a keyboard view of all that’s possible.

And that’s just the beginning.  Try pressing the CTRL, ALT, or SHIFT key by themselves or in combinations with others.

All of a sudden, the door opens and everything becomes visible.  There are so many functions literally at your fingertips to make you become that expert.

All that you have to do is memorize them all!

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