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Shortcut keys to save time and aching wrists

If you’re struggling to make the Friday deadline, you might find it useful to know that almost all software on a computer has what are known as shortcuts, making common tasks – such as copy and paste - much quicker.


The shortcuts listed below work with most application software, and all can be used on both PC and Mac.

Selecting text

There are a number of shortcuts for selecting parts of text, from a single word to a whole section:


Select a word - double-click anywhere in  the word you want to select.


Select more than one whole word - hold down the CTRL key (Command on a Mac) and double-click in each of you words you want to select.


Select a whole sentence - click once anywhere in the sentence you wish to select, then hold down the CTRL key (Command on a Mac) and click a second time.


Select a whole paragraph - triple-click anywhere in the paragraph to be selected


Select a range of text - click immediately before the first character you with to select, then hold down the SHIFT key and click immediately after the last character you wish to select.


Select everything - CTRL + A (Command + A on a Mac)

Copying, cutting and pasting

Rather than moving the mouse to a menu to copy, cut or paste, use the simple shortcuts:


Copy - CTRL + C (Command + C on a Mac)


Cut - CTRL + X (Command + X on a Mac)


Paste - CTRL + V (Command + V on a Mac)

Save your work

Although not supported on 100% of applications, the vast majority allow you to save simply by pressing CTRL + C (Command + C on a Mac).



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About Company Works

Company Works was formed in 2004, and has been providing IT support and development solutions to London and the South East of England ever since.


We have also helped clients from around the globe, include in the USA, Europe and Australia.


Our staff have many years of experience in the fields of IT support, software design and development.


All our staff undertake continuous training in the latest technologies and conventions. This ensures they are always up-to-date with the latest products and solutions, and can offer you the absolute best advice and service.


We have also developed our own diagnostic software, designed in-house for PC and laptop diagnosis, meaning we can find the most common problems quickly and fix them without having to waste hours looking for possible solutions or reinstalling the operating system completely (a common "solution" used by some of our competitors). This software is updated constantly to reflect new problems as they are found.


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