We already had a few posts about the keyboard and why we should be professional about it and skilled while using it. A few weeks ago I was sitting with one of my group members – we were brainstorming some topic and I was summarizing the key points along the way. During the discussion, he looked at my touch typing and was wondering how I leveraged the Ctrl and Shift keys.
Mistakenly, I thought this is a common knowledge. I guess I learnt it once from someone, and before that it wasn’t common knowledge to me as well. So, let’s briefly go over the most useful combinations (at least useful for me).
- Ctrl + <Arrow>: use that to jump.
- Arrow=Right: jump one word to the right
- Arrow=Left: jump one word to the left
- Arrow=Up: jump to top of the paragraph (or to the beginning of the previous paragraph in case you are at the top of the paragraph already)
- Arrow=Down: jump to the start of the next paragraph
- Shift + <Arrow>: mark the text from the current position to the place you are going with the arrow key.
- Ctrl + Shift + <Arrow>: mark the text from the current position to the place you are going with the arrow key, while jumping over words/paragraphs.
That’s it. Not too many options and not that complicated, but highly useful while typing and updating a text. If you don’t use it yet, give it a chance, it will make things much faster for you.