Have you ever paused even for a brief moment to just closely examine your computer’s keyboard? Chances are, you haven’t–there is far more important work to be accomplished then spending five extra minutes of just staring at your keyboard and assessing all its keys and their corresponding functions. However, if you happen to use a computer on a daily basis, you should know that there are some keyboard keys that you haven’t barely touched in months, or years even, making you doubt its existence and why it should be there in the first place.
Interestingly enough, most of these unfamiliar keys on your keyboard allow you to create keyboard shortcuts that will definitely make your life easier. Imagine the time you save just by pressing two to three keys–this is truly beneficial if you happen to work in a fast-paced environment wherein every second counts.
Now is the time for you to get acquainted with these unfamiliar keys so you’ll get to know their basic functions and shortcuts, as well as some other keyboard tricks you can use.
- The SysReq key
- The Pause/Break key
- The ScrLk(Scroll Lock) key
- Create your own keyboard shortcut in Windows
- The space bar
First things first: for a Linux user, the SysReq key is also known as “the magic key”. Yes, that’s how big it is in the Linux arena, because you can use this key to fix your Linux operating system in the event that it crashes(not quite often, but it still does.) Here are some important shortcuts you can use in order if ever your Linux crashes, freezes, or fails to respond:
Alt + SysReq + R = Enables you to use other “Fn” shortcut keys to switch to another console
Alt + SysReq + I = Kills all running processes and ends them in an instant.
Alt + SysReq + B = Restarts your computer.
I’m personally guilty of ignoring this key, but now, I have found uses for it. Here are some shortcuts you can try if you are a Windows user:
Windows Key + Pause/Break = Opens up the system properties window.
Ctrl + Alt + Pause/Break = Toggles between full screen and windowed remote desktop.
The most common use of the ScrLk key would be to temporarily prevent your text from scrolling. If you happen to use Microsoft Excel, you can toggle the ScrLk key on and press the left, right, up, and down arrows to enable you to scroll without changing the direction of a selected cell.
If you happen to access some folders on a daily basis, why not create your own keyboard shortcut? To do this, the folder must have an actual shortcut on your desktop. Right click the shortcut and select “Properties”, enter your desired keyboard shortcut(ex: Ctrl + Alt + K) in the “Shortcut Key” field, and presto–your folder now has a personalized keyboard shortcut which is pretty useful if your work demands a lot of windows open.
Yes, a space bar’s main task is to create spaces between text, but if in any case you didn’t know, you can use the space bar to scroll down a website. You’re welcome.
Now that you know all these shortcuts and other nifty tricks you can do with your computer keyboard, it’s time to try it on your own and see the increase in your productivity.