Blog

Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Time

Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Time

Even the simplest tasks in the office can eat up a surprising amount of time over the span of a year. For example, did you know that switching from your keyboard to your mouse can consume up to eight full work days every year? By taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts, you can cut down on the amount of time wasted on these little tasks.

Don’t believe us? After all, how can such a necessary task be harmful to your bottom line? Time to crunch the numbers.

  • Eight days of productivity are lost every year due to moving back and forth with a mouse.
  • That’s eight full, 8-hour workdays.
  • Let’s assume that the average worker switches between their mouse and keyboard once a minute, and this switch takes up two seconds of time (or about 0.03 minutes).
  • If the worker is typing for six hours a day (480 minutes) and they work about 240 days a year, we can build the following equation.

[2 wasted seconds / min] * [480 min / workday] * [240 workdays / year] = 58 wasted hours / year!

This creates a situation where the average worker spends almost 58 hours simply switching between the mouse and keyboard. Thankfully, keyboard shortcuts exist, so let’s dig into detail about how these can help you eliminate the time spent moving your hand back and forth, as well as the time wasted moving your cursor around.

Here are some of the lesser-known keyboard shortcuts that can help you better navigate your toolbar, hopefully saving you time that could be put to better use on another task.

  • Pressing CTRL+B will select an item in your System Tray, while the arrow keys can be used to select the one you need.
  • To select an item in the Windows Taskbar, you can press the Windows Key plus the corresponding number to bring it up.
  • When you hold Shift and press an arrow key, you’ll be able to select items without clicking and dragging the mouse.
  • If you have your items selected, press the Menu Key (the one between the Windows key and the Ctrl key). This will work the same way as right-clicking the items.
  • Once you’re done, close the program by pressing Alt + F4.

On that note, just about anything you do on a regular basis probably has a keyboard shortcut that you can use to save time. You can also create your own keyboard shortcut by right-clicking on a program’s icon on your desktop and accessing its properties. Under the Shortcut tab, you can provide your preferred shortcut combo. Once you’ve finished, click Apply.

What are some ways your organization improves productivity? Let us know in the comments.

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.whitemtn.com/

Related Posts

We’ve all been in a place where the storage on our computer fills up a little too quickly for our liking. While you could delete or store unused files in the cloud, there is another method that you can use to quickly free up a little extra space that...
While the right IT solutions can be a major benefit to your business and its processes, this will only be the case if your team members are trained to use them correctly. Let’s go over some of the training that you need to prioritize in order to ensu...
Every business is constantly looking for a way to boost productivity, but it’s not always easy to find strategies that lead to higher yields and more profitability. Even the most sound strategy may take time to get going, and sometimes what seems to ...
Have you ever wondered what would happen if we reduced the number of hours in the work week or shaved off an hour here or there during the workday? The discussion of a reduced or shorter work week is a common topic in productivity circles, but a new ...
Cybersecurity is one of those components to an IT strategy that is absolutely critical; you cannot ignore it in today’s age of ransomware and other high-profile hacks. In order to make sure that you are prepared to handle anything that comes your way...
The office environment has changed a lot over the years with technology being the impetus for such change. In your years doing business, how much has changed? How much of that change was driven by technology? Many of the traditional conventions of co...
While spam filtering can be great for your business’ own defenses, the spam filtering that your contacts have in place could very well keep your messages from reaching them. This simply will not do. Let’s go over a few ways that you can help prevent ...
HIPAA—the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—is a serious concern for all healthcare providers that operate within the United States, and for good reason! Since August 1996, HIPAA has mandated that these healthcare providers comply w...
Few things are scarier for a modern business to consider than the idea that they will be hacked, regardless of that business’ size or industry. After all, hacking can, will, and does cause significant damage across basically all aspects of your organ...
Some people may say that operational efficiency and productivity are only measures of how well managers are able to manage. Make no mistake about it, productivity is important to workers, too. When COVID-19 spurred lawmakers to create stay-at-home or...
Sometime recently, novelty holidays have popped up for almost anything. Many of which just aim to celebrate the things about our lives that make life worth living. Take any random day, like May 12. There are a half-dozen “holidays” that day: National...
With all the threats covered in mass media nowadays, it can be too simple to get the mistaken impression that the biggest threats to your business are all external. We’re telling you right now that plenty of vulnerabilities first come from inside you...

Onsite Service Coverage Area

Although we provide remote services and support to businesses in over 20 states, onsite services are limited to within reasonable driving distance from our office in NH.  We will manage a local vendor for locations outside of our service area to provide onsite assistance when needed.

 

Onsite Computer Support Services are available to businesses within 100 miles of Nashua New Hampshire. We have excellent onsite coverage from Concord NH, south through Manchester NH, and then down into Boston. From Northern and Central Mass, we cover from Worcester, east to the North Shore, including the Salem and Portsmouth NH area.

 

White Mountain IT Services
33 Main Street, Suite 302
Nashua, New Hampshire 03064

 

603-889-0800

map nashua4 1

 

Open Positions