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Keystroke / Typing Shortcuts to Keep Your Fingers Happy
I often find that typing is faster for me than clicking icons, so I always like to know about keyboard shortcuts.
Some keyboard shortcuts are well-known:
- Ctrl + C = copy
- Ctrl + V = paste
- Ctrl = Z = undo the last thing you typed
One keyboard shortcut I didn’t know until fairly recently is:
- Ctrl + A = highlight ALL
Ctrl+A allows you to instantly highlight an entire email, an entire page, or a webpage URL. After I learned this one from my colleague Max Macias, I suddenly started finding many, many uses for it. More Shortcuts
Windows-Based Keystroke Shortcuts
Hitting the Windows button opens up your Start Menu. Holding the Windows button down and then typing a number with it (Win +1, Win+2, etc.) opens up programs you have on the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
For example, if I type Win+1 on my keyboard, it opens up the first item I have on my toolbar, which is my “Windows Explorer” folder (see picture below):
This allows me to start accessing my F and H drives, computer folders and more using this one keystroke. More Windows Shortcuts
Banner-Based Keystroke Shortcuts
In Banner, there are many helpful keystroke shortcuts:
- Ctrl+Q = Quit (or “Exit”)
This closes whatever screen you are in and takes you back to the previous screen)
- Ctrl+PageDown = Next Block
This takes you to the next block or section in Banner.
- Shift+F7= Rollback
Takes you back to the top — the first, top-most section of the screen you’re on, so you can start over.
- F10 = Save
- More Banner shortcuts can be found here: Navigation Tips, Icons, Keystrokes and Drop-Down Menus [pdf]
Here’s a PCC-specific typing shortcut I have been using. It’s not really a keystroke per se; I just find that it saves me time.
To look someone up in the PCC Staff Directory, go up to the top of your Internet browser window and type:
Press Enter and it takes you straight to the PCC staff directory page.
To get straight to a specific person’s Staff Directory entry, just add their first or last name to the string, like this:
This takes you straight to the staff directory entry for employee Jim Templeton (as well as Michael Templeton).
And finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention this one:
Typing this at the top of your browser window takes you to a more direct way to log into your PCC email / calendar / drive without having to go through MyPCC.
Do you have a typing / keyboard shortcut to share? Please do! Use the “start the discussion” space below to chime in.