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Kill Your Mouse: Keyboard Shortcuts

Now that everyone is excited about the concept of improving your productivity by using your mouse less, here is your first set of concrete tips to help you begin killing your mouse. Take a few minutes to read this quick post, study its contents, and implement it. I guarantee that your career will thank you.

Keyboard Power

The first step to killing your mouse is to begin realizing the potential of your keyboard. While you may know of several of these tips, perhaps a few of them will be new to you. Virtually every program has keyboard shortcuts that you can utilize to increase your productivity. The only thing you have to do is to learn them. Fortunately, there are many shortcuts that are common across different programs, so the learning curve is considerably decreased.

Here are just a few examples.

Microsoft Word:

Ctrl + n – New
Ctrl + o – Open
Ctrl + p – Print
Ctrl + s – Save


Ctrl + d – Bookmark
Ctrl + h – History
Ctrl + j – Downloads
Ctrl + p – Print
Alt + Left – Back
Alt + Right – Forward

My Gift to You

To help you learn some of these basic keyboard shortcuts even quicker, I have put together a simple list. You can download the PDF, print it out, cut out the list, and tape it to the side of your monitor. This way you can have a quick reference available whenever you are at your computer.


Personal Challenge

Between now and my next post in the "Kill Your Mouse" series, I am challenging you to learn & use as many of these shortcuts as you can. If you want to go the extra step, you can even explore your current programs and figure out other keyboard shortcuts.

Finally, if you want to go the extra extra step you can start learning how to customize your keyboard shortcuts. For example, in Microsoft Word, you can go to Tools, Customize, and then click the Keyboard button at the bottom of the window. You can then custom map your keyboard shortcuts through a window like this:

Customize Keyboard

That's it for now. Good luck with your keyboard shortcuts. Learn these and you'll be one step closer to killing your mouse.

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2 Responses to “Kill Your Mouse: Keyboard Shortcuts”

  1. [...] By now everyone should have a firm grasp of keyboard shorcuts that save clicking with the mouse. Also, hopefully you have taken the few minutes necessary to get a grasp of our new best friend, AutoHotkey, which can launch programs as easy as pressing a key on the keyboard. The final step in killing your mouse is to take AutoHotkey to the next level. Hold onto your chairs, since you will be amazed at what this little program can do. [...]

  2. Byronious
    November 15th, 2006

    I have a bad case of tendinitis and carpal tunnel and very thankful at the chance to kill my mouse.

    Great work and many thanks,


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