Tame your computer - take a shortcut!

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes some useful spacebar shortcuts (Windows 7).


You’re not still moving the mouse pointer all the way to the bottom right-hand corner of your screen to have a look at your desktop, are you? Perhaps you know that WIN + D can be used as a toggle to minimise and maximise all windows? But what if you just want to have a quick peek at something on your desktop? Check out the preview shortcut!

Here's how:

  1. Press and hold down the WIN key (the one next to your spacebar) and press the spacebar.
  2. Release the WIN key to return to your last used window.

Interested in other shortcuts involving the spacebar? How about pressing it to scroll down or SHIFT + spacebar to scroll up? You can use this in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome - and even in a PDF file. Or why not press CTRL + spacebar to remove character formatting in MS Word?

Remember, in an effort to help you work faster (and healthier) we launched a 'shortcut of the week' feature on the Roem website back in March 2013. Those that I’ve published can be found in my shortcut archive. OK, keyboard shortcuts can sometimes be unintuitive or hard to
remember, but I will drip feed a new shortcut weekly, to help you to boost productivity without reaching for your mouse.

In a hurry? Take a shortcut!

19 May 2015

PS I'm committed to sharing the best of what I know with others so please don't keep these tips a secret. If you enjoyed today's tip, please forward it to anyone you feel may benefit or reprint it  (with full copyright and subscription information) in your newsletters and message boards. Got a tip to share? Submit it by emailing karen@roem.co.uk - if your tip is selected, I'll publish it along with your name; the bragging rights will last a lifetime.

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

Please note: Cambridge Network's Learning Collaboration members have the opportunity to book places on Roem Ltd courses at a reduced rate.

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