COMPUTER 101–Ready For Some Computer Keyboard Tricks?

The Mouse Trap
by Janis Weber

Ready For Some Computer Keyboard Tricks?
There are many common tricks for using the computer and the internet. Here are the most important tricks. Learn something new every day and try some of these for fun.

Re-open Closed Tab:
Sometimes while using the internet, it happens that the tab got closed accidentally. Bring back the closed tab by using the Ctrl+Shift+T and do the work where you were left off.
Undo Anywhere: 
Sometimes if you have deleted an important file or have deleted a few words in the doc file, you can use Ctrl+Z to recover the file and words. This short cut key works almost everywhere.
Closing Current Window or Program: 
When you want to close an open window or program you can do so by using Alt+F4.
Closing Single Tab:
While using Chrome and Firefox internet browsers if you want to close the current tab you can use Ctrl+W on a PC to do so.
Task Manager:
To launch the task manager directly you can use Ctrl+Shift+Esc which will open the task manager.
Switch Windows: 
While working you might need to jump from one window to another window and you can use Alt+Tab to navigate through the window and stay where you want to work.
Minimize All Windows: 
Suppose you are working on a PC and multiple windows are open and you want to minimize them all at once. You can use windows key+D to minimize all windows in one short click and vice-versa.
Jump to Address Bar:
Sometimes you want to jump to the address bar of the browser directly. You can use Alt+D and Ctrl+L also F6 to do so. All these keys do the same work while browsing the internet.
Switch between the Tabs:
If you want to navigate from one tab to another using a keyboard shortcut key you can use Ctrl+Tab and move forward from one tab to another. Similarly, if you want to navigate from one tab to another backboard you can use Ctrl+Shift+Tab.
Open New Tab:
While browsing the internet you may need to open new tabs often and doing it by using a mouse can be irritating so you can use Ctrl+T to open a new tab and in the same way if you want to open a new window you can use Ctrl+N.
Open Private Window:
Sometimes you need to use a private window to browse the internet because in the private windows history is not being saved. You can use Ctrl+Shift+T to open a new private window.
Increase & Decrease the Text Size:
Sometimes while browsing the internet you need to increase and decrease the text size in the browser. You can change your font size bigger and smaller by using Ctrl+ or + and Ctrl+ or-, and Ctrl+0 will reset the text size in the current window.
Refresh the Current Page:
While browsing the internet you need to refresh the current page to see the changes made by you and to load the page completely. You can use Ctrl+R and F5 button to refresh the current page.
Show & Hide the Bookmark Bar:
Sometimes you have bookmarked an important site and you are not able to see the bookmark bar. To show and hide the bookmark bar you can use Ctrl+Shif+B, it works vice-versa.

Next Sylvania Senior Center Classes
New classes with be held throughout 2020 as soon as the center reopens. Check the SSC newsletter and website for the most current information. Included will be Windows 10 Computers Basics, Facebook, Microsoft Word, Google Docs and iPhone/iPad. If you have a topic and know some folks who are interested, please call the Senior Center and ask for
Susan Jenelle (419-885-3913).
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