Remember the first time you took that shortcut to the office supply store? The one that cuts behind the nursery and requires a quick jog right where the dry cleaner used to be and is now a coffee place? Chances are, that first time you tried saving time this way, things didn't feel all that fast. Maybe you had to look twice a couple of times.
But now, there you are, taking that shortcut every time you need a new ream of paper. Was it worth it to learn the shortcut? Well, sure. Time saved picking up office supplies leaves more time for working hard at looking productive. At least while the boss is nearby.
So, what do you do even more frequently than go to the office supply store? Use your PC. That's why I highly recommend learning a few Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts. They're going to save you a ton of time (and give your mouse a much-needed rest).
Now, people use PCs for a lot of different things, and there are some pretty specialized keyboard shortcuts out there for their use. Frequently used categories include:
Ease of Access
Remote Desktop Connection
You can find detailed lists of all these shortcuts here.
Ah, but my favorite shortcuts to use are the Windows key ( ) shortcuts. There are actually quite a few of them but these are my favorites:
And there are a few more that you just have to see, and absolutely must memorize, because I promise you there will be a moment when you'll want to use them, even if it's just to impress a coworker:
More tips. Many programs come with their own shortcut keys, usually associated with their important menus and other commands (they're usually shown in the menus... and an underlined letter usually means you can press Alt+[the underlined letter] to activate that menu item).
You can also create new keyboard shortcuts to open programs. Sure, go crazy. Learn how.
Finally, here's a little-known factoid to help you learn shortcuts quickly and easily: The average person can memorize a simple operation by repeating it about twenty times.
So! Learning a few of these timesaving shortcuts won't take you long. Because you're anything but average.