I know it's a hard habit to break, but most people do not realize how much time they waste by using their computer mouse. Several actions can be done on your computer without ever taking your hands off the keyboard, which in turn saves you much time and effort.
In the computer lab, I like to start the younger kids (Pre-K & K) out doing everything with the mouse at first. It is a good fine motor skill, and it's also good practice for them to master the art of double-clicking! But as they get older, I begin to steer them away from the mouse as I show them some keyboard shortcuts.
Over the next few weeks I will share some "anti-mouse" keyboard shortcuts on this blog! It takes some self discipline at first, but maybe you can break that hard mouse habit too. In the long run you will be glad you did!
Shortcut #1 (*Select), Copy, Paste & Cut - We'll start out easy with one most people know and already use - Copy & Paste. After you have selected (*see below for selecting text without your mouse) the text you want to copy, simply press CTRL>C on your keyboard to "copy" your text. Then, if you want to paste it somewhere else do that by pressing CTRL>V. And finally, make your life easier with CTRL>X for cutting....less used but just as efficient!
*When selecting your text, get your cursor where you want it by using your keyboard arrows instead of clicking! Then hold down SHIFT and move your arrows to select the text you want! It's that easy!
Remember when you are copying and pasting information to give credit to those you got it from! As always, have fun and stay safe online!