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What is a Keyboard Shortcut?

Typically, to execute a command on a computer, you need to use a mouse, trackpad, or another input device. But, what if your mouse isn’t working? Or maybe you want an easier and quicker method of navigating and executing commands on your computer?

Allow me to introduce you to keyboard shortcuts! ๐Ÿ™‚

Keyboard shortcuts have existed for as long as the computer keyboard has. For example, Linux, Mac, and the Windows operating system all have a plethora of keyboard shortcuts along with the software that runs on any of those systems.

You may not realize it, but most of the menus you look at in any given software will show you keyboard shortcuts for various commands (if available). For example, below is the menu for the Firefox web browser; circled in red are two keyboard shortcuts.


How to Use a Keyboard Shortcut

To use a keyboard shortcut, press and hold one or more modifier keys and then press the last key of the shortcut.

For example, using the above image, if I want to exit Firefox (on Windows) without using my mouse, I can press (and hold) the CTRL (control) and SHIFT keys at the same time, then press (once) the O (capital O) key. At which time Firefox will exit (you may see a warning before it exits). Then you can let go of the CTRL and SHIFT keys.

To do the same thing on a Mac, I would press (and hold) the Command (or Cmd) โŒ˜ key and press the Q key once. On Mac computers, clicking on the app name in the upper-left corner (e.g., Firefox) will show you that option (for Quit).

You should take a moment and look at your keyboard and learn what and where these keys are (and others on most keyboards).

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