Some useful tips for using the internet (and Windows)
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1. Some Handy "shortcut" keystrokes - When working with windows, whether you're on the internet or in some other program like Word, Wordpad, Excell, etc..... There are a few keystroke combinations that can make your life a lot easier.  These keystrokes are made up of a combination of the "Ctrl" key or "Shift" key on your keyboard and another key.  You must hold down the "Ctrl" or "Shift" key and then touch the other key for it to work.   Here are the most widely used and most useful of the shortcuts.
The best way to learn to use them and fully understand their meanings is to GIVE THEM A TRY!!!
Ctrl -A Selects All.  For example: If in a "Word" document and you press Ctrl-A, all of the screen (and beyond) will become "highlighted" because you selected everything.  Once an object (text, etc) is selected, it can then be copied, moved, or deleted.
Ctrl-C Copies whatever is selected to the "clipboard" (a space in computer memory for holding stuff) and leaves the original.  Once something is copied to the clipboard, it can then be "pasted" somewhere else.  This works for email, spreadsheets, documents, web page text, files in windows explorer, etc...
Ctrl-V Pastes whatever is in the "clipboard" to the place where you are pasting.  For example: You're in a word document and want to copy a paragraph to repeat it (maybe only minor changes are needed to make it have new meaning).  First "highlight" what you want to copy, then press Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard, the move your cursor to where you want to place the copy, and press Ctrl-V.  This works for email, spreadsheets, documents, web page text, files in windows explorer, etc...
Ctrl-X Copies whatever is selected to the "clipboard" but removes the original.  Once something is copied to the clipboard, it can then be "pasted" somewhere else.
Ctrl - Mouse Allows you to "Add" to what is already highlighted.  For example: you might want to delete 3 emails that are not adjacent to each other in your email window.  Click on 1, then hold down the Ctrl key and continue to click on others.  Notice that each one becomes highlighted.  You can also deselect a highlighted object by holding the Ctrl key and clicking on it.
Shift - Mouse Allows you to highlight a range of items..  For example: you might want to delete 10 emails that are adjacent to each other in your email window.  Click on the first one, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last one that you want selected.  Notice that all of the items become highlighted.  You can then press the delete key on the keyboard and all 10 will be deleted.


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Last Updated July 25, 2015