Let me start this article by saying I am a bit of a keyboard shortcut nut. I hardly ever take my hands off the keyboard unless it can't be avoided. On too many occasions I have watched my fellow administrators take a minute to do a simple copy and paste because they are moving the cursor excruciatingly slow on a laptop touch pad. I find myself chanting Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Alt+Tab, Ctrl+V. Those of you who understand the usefulness of keyboard shortcuts realize that the previous series of Ctrl keys can copy and paste text in about two seconds without ever touching a mouse. This may seem a bit trivial to those of you who are addicted to the mouse, but with a little practice, you can save a lot of time using the shortcuts outlined below.
Some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts will work in any version of Windows and in almost all applications.