Evan Barash · February 10, 2009
EDIT: For a more comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts (Windows), read More Keyboard Shortcuts
Point. Click. Move. Repeat. The mouse is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic symbols of the modern computing age. It allows us to move freely around the computer environment with simple and intuitive movements. But use the mouse for any kind of labor intensive work, and you'll quickly see how annoying our multi-buttoned little plastic pet becomes.
The mouse is great for selecting a group of things on the desktop and dragging them into another folder. It's great for fine-tuned selections and getting pixel-precise movements for detail work. Data entry could, perhaps, be the worst application for mice. Why? Because they simply make your tasks more tedious. The constant reaching, pointing, and clicking movements actually hinder your productivity and also cause more stress for you, the computer user. Behold the mighty steed that we call keyboard shortcuts.
We all know the BASIC shortcuts (or at least you should - see below). For windows users, the commands begin with the CTRL key (pronounced "control" located under both Left and Right SHIFT buttons). Mac users use the COMMAND (or Apple) key (located to the Left and Right of the SPACE bar).
There are a lot more shortcuts, but these are probably the most frequently used by the average home or business computer user. Feel free to tell us which shortcuts you use most often!