Review these typing shortcuts and commit them to memory!

Using just a few of the shortcuts built into Windows you can save your self some time and make your time spent in front of your computer more fun!  To capture a portion or all of your screen, You may want to use the snipping tool, as described in a prior Hot PC Tip, here, but if you prefer to use native windows commands, here are a couple of other options:

Copy The Screen to the Clipboard:  By pressing the print screen you will create a graphical snapshot of your screen or multiple screens if you have two monitors active, and place it on your clipboard.  You can then open up Paint and press CTRL – V to insert this picture.  You can then edit as you wish and save in the format of your choicHot PC Tips - keyboard

Copy Just the Active Window to the Clipboard:  Press ALT + PRINT SCREEN only copies the currently active window to the clipboard.  This is usually what your want anyway! Saves you lots of time cropping the entire screen capture.

Undo Almost any Action:  Make a mistake?  You can undo almost any action with a simple CTRL + Z.  For some of us this is the ultimate hot key.  You may want to experiment, it will also undo other actions as well.

Cycle Through Your Open Windows: Pressing ALT+TAB allows you to cycle through all of your open windows. This is super handy to switch back and forth between running programs / windows.  In windows 7 & 8 using the WINDOWS KEY + TAB will perform a similar function in a cascade 3-D windows format.

Delete an entire word:  If you type like I do, the delete and key and I are real buddies.  But you can use CTRL + BKSP to delete the entire word behind the cursor. This can be a real time saver!

Jump from Word to Word:  You can move the cursor to the beginning of the next or previous word, use CTRL + LEFT ARROW. To move it to the beginning of the next word, use CTRL + RIGHT ARROW. In OS X you can accomplish the same using the Option key.

Insert Plain Text instead of Formatted Text:  Pasting text, using CTRL + V, after your have performed a CTL +C  to copy some text will usually copy not only the text, but also the associated formatting.  When you want to just copy plain text without any formatting use CTRL + Shift + V.

Happy Typing !