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Basic computer tricks to make life easier.

CTRL + BKSP Holding down the backspace button to delete multiple letters at once is such a waste of time. If you need to delete one whole word, hold down CTRL and Backspace simultaneously. To delete multiple words, hold down the CTRL button and continue to tap on the Backspace button until you’ve deleted everything that needs to go away.

ALT + TAB If you use a laptop, this tip can be rather handy. When you need to switch to another open window (say you have Word, the internet, and Excel open at the same time), then hold down ALT and TAB. This will allow you to quickly cycle through to the next open program without having to look to that dreaded touchpad for assistance.

CTRL + W When you have multiple sites open at once, you can close one at a time by holding down CTRL and W. This action will cause the tab you are currently on to close and will send you back to the next open tab – no magnifying glass and little ‘X’ button required.

CTRL + L Again, if you’re not willing to reach for your mouse, this trick is incredibly useful. Hold down CTRL and L to highlight the address bar. You can immediately begin typing to go to a new website.

Windows + D If you need all programs minimized – including the program you’re currently on – then hit Windows and D. This will bring you back to the desktop.

CTRL + T When you’re on the internet and you need to open up a new tab, hold down CTRL and T. This trick will get you there quicker.

Windows + L This is a great tip for anyone, anywhere to use. Whenever you leave your computer, hit CTRL and L to lock it. Hopefully, you have some sort of passcode protecting your device… if not, shame on you.

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