Tame your computer - learn to escape and work faster

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she details ten ways to work faster using the Esc(ape) key on your keyboard.

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Back in March 2013, I decided to drip-feed one shortcut per week. There’s obviously nothing wrong with using the mouse, but many people find that keyboard shortcuts help them to work faster. And for users with mobility or vision disabilities it can be a very important alternative.

Today I would like you to learn about using the Esc(ape) key in the top left corner of your keyboard.

I use it every time I want to close one of those windows that pop up (a “dialogue box”). It’s instead of picking up my mouse and pressing the Cancel button.

But there is so much more you can use it for…

Follow this link to find out how...


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* Unless stated otherwise this tip is written for Microsoft 365 desktop apps and Windows 10 users, but might also be useful in Office 2010, 2013 and 2016.

PS To help you put these tips into practice I have developed a series of 60-minute webinars, giving you the opportunity to see the hints, tips and time-saving shortcuts in action. Learn how to be a Clever Clogs for £24 only. And following requests, I’ve started scheduling some of my 60-minute webinars on Saturdays. Hope to see you there!

7 June 2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

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