Keyboard shortcuts usually are not as intuitive as point-and-click mouse actions; however, they can be utilized by the novice users in frequently used programs to get to locations much faster than using the mouse.
How to use a keyboard shortcut
A keyboard shortcut is activated with a key combination — pressing two, or more, keys at once on the keyboard. On Computer Hope and other pages we will list the two keys with a plus symbol between them indicating that both keys need to be pressed at the same time. For example, the keyboard shortcut to select all the text on a page or document is Ctrl+A, which means press and hold down the Ctrl key and then press the "A" key.
Tip: Keyboard shortcuts are not universal. A keyboard shortcut that works in Microsoft Windows will not always work on the Apple macOS and keyboard shortcut that works in Microsoft Word may not work in Open Office.
Note: Although we follow the above method of showing a keyboard shortcut some documentation may list a shortcut key as ^A instead of Ctrl+A. The caret (^) in front of a letter, number or series of letters and numbers also indicates the Ctrl key.