In the process of writing tax articles I have taken to using keypad shortcuts (or ‘hotkeys’) to reduce the risk of repetitive strain.

Expanded my short cut use beyond copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) has proved invaluable and therefore I include a list of my favourite short cuts along with a few web-browser and program short cuts.

File management

Ctrl+N Open a new document
Ctrl+W Close the current document
Ctrl+S Save the current document

Copy, cut and paste

Ctrl+A Highlight whole document
Ctrl+C Copy highlighted text
Ctrl+X Cut highlighted text
Ctrl+V Paste what was cut or copied

Delete and undo

Ctrl+Del Delete the word in front of the cursor
Ctrl+Z Undo your last deletion

Inserting bold, italic and underlined words

Ctrl+B Write in bold text
Ctrl+I Write in italic text
Ctrl+U Underline text

Press the Ctrl+[key] to start the function and then again to end.

Useful program and web browser short cuts

Ctrl+T Open a new tab while web browsing
Ctrl+Tab Cycle through all open web browser tabs
Ctrl+N Open a new window
Ctrl+W Close the current window/tab
Alt+F4 Close the active window
Alt+D Jump to the URL line to overtype a search on a web browser
Alt+ Back a click
Alt+ Forward a click
Alt+Esc Cycle through all active windows

If you like what you see and you find them useful then email the list to a friend.

In truth I was amazed that I had not been using more short cuts beforehand.

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This article is for discussion purposes only and does not represent advice on which you should act without consulting a professional as tax legislation is complex and changes frequently.

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