Keyboard Shortcuts and Efficiency

By Tinuiti Team

Before delving into the shortcuts themselves, take a look at the keyboard you are using. Having a well laid-out keyboard with all the necessary keys goes a long way to increasing work efficiency. Laptop keyboards and Mac keyboards in particular are notorious for omitting some surprisingly important keys. I would suggest a simple, cheap solution as a baseline: the humble default Dell keyboard.Standard keyboard layout

The blocks of keys marked off in red are keys that are oftentimes difficult to use (function keys in particular requiring the additional press of the “fn” button) or completely absent on laptop keyboards/Mac keyboards. All of them serve important functions so having ready access to them is vital, especially once you start developing the muscle memory to really take advantage of these shortcuts.

The second note before I dive into the shortcuts is that much of the efficiency gains I see (particularly when working in Excel spreadsheets) is eliminating as much mouse usage as possible. Keeping both hands on the keyboard (instead of having to constantly go back and forth between keyboard and mouse) saves a surprising amount of time over the course of the weeks and weeks we spend buried in spreadsheets. The button between the Windows and Ctrl keys on the right (box in green in picture) simulates a right click, which is invaluable in making the mouse redundant.

Now, for the shortcuts (I’ve only listed ones I use regularly and think are most useful):

General Windows Shortcuts

Browser Shortcuts



That was a lot of shortcuts and it definitely can be overwhelming if you aren’t using many of them initially, but start to introduce a few at a time until they become muscle memory and you’ll find that these can shave a little bit of time from a lot of different tasks; all that time builds up. Eventually you’ll be able to navigate a spreadsheet without needing to use your mouse at all in a fraction of the time!

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