You may not start using them instinctively right away. Don't worry and leave the thought of becoming a Keyboard Ninja (like I almost did). Believe that you are capable, grasshopper. It's fine to take extra time in using these shortcuts. When you become an expert, they will save you more time than you wasted learning and practising them.
Let's begin. I'll point out some basic keys first, which will be used later on in the actual shortcuts. If you use your mouse to do what these keys do, you're wasting a lot of time, and you should begin using them immediately.
- Page Up/Page Down: Scroll up and down a page at once
- Directional keys: Move the cursor in any direction (not the pointer, that you move by the mouse)
- End: Moves to the end of the line
- Home: Moves to beginning of line
Some things to remember:
Adding Ctrl to anything will skip stuff. The stuff here depends on the context. You'll understand this later on. Adding Shift to almost any shortcut will select text.
Let's start with navigation.
- Ctrl+Left/Right: Skip a word to the left or right
- Ctrl+Up/Down: Skip a paragraph up or down (doesn't work everywhere, for example in the blog editor I'm using as I type)
- Ctrl+End: Move to end of document
- Ctrl+Home: Move to beginning of document
- Shift+Left/Right: Select text to the left or right
- Shift+Up/Down: Select a line up or down (after trying it, you'll know that you can press End and then use this combo to select whole single lines)
- Shift+End: Select all text to the end of the line
- Shift+Home: (ah, you guessed it) Select all text to the beginning of line
- Shift+Ctrl+Left/Right: (you guessed it!) Select a word left or right.
- Shift+Ctrl+Up/Down: (you probably did it again!) Select a paragraph up or down.
Also try deleting entire words and sentences at once.
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