These days most of us are trying to squeeze more work into less time. Ironically, one of the first things that usually gets dropped is taking time for learning new things to help you become more efficient. I hope you’ll view opportunities for learning as a wise investment of your time instead.
If you ever design or deliver these opportunities for learning I hope you’ll respect the investment your audience is making by keeping them focused and easily digestible. After all if you don’t make that investment pay off they won’t be coming back the next time. And with that I thank you for the investment you make each week by reading these emails — I hope you have realized a worthwhile return.
Being busy is no excuse for making crappy documents. Here are a few shortcuts that can help.
CTRL + N ↔ Create a New document
CTRL + O ↔ Open an existing document
CTRL + S ↔ Save current document
CTRL + P ↔ Print
CTRL + 1 ↔ Apply single line spacing
CTRL + 2 ↔ Apply double line spacing
CTRL + 5 ↔ Apply 1.5 line spacing.
CTRL + L ↔ Left align.
CTRL + R ↔ Right align.
CTRL + E ↔ Center align.
CTRL + M ↔ Indent paragraph
CTRL + T ↔ Hanging indent
CTRL + ] ↔ Increase font by 1 point
CTRL + [ ↔ Decrease font by 1 point
CTRL + ALT + 1 ↔ Applies Heading 1 style
CTRL + ALT + 2 ↔ Applies Heading 2 style
CTRL + ALT + 3 ↔ Applies Heading 3 style
CTRL + F ↔ Find
CTRL + H ↔ Find & Replace
F7 ↔ Run Spell Check
SHIFT + F7 ↔ Open the Thesaurus
SHIFT + F3 ↔ Cycle through capitalization options
If you are curious you can check out the full list of Word shorcuts.
What do you think? Do you like this ‘cheat sheet’ format? Should I do one for Excel & PowerPoint too?