Simple Keyboard Shortcuts Everyone Using a Computer Should Know

I thought I should write about keyboard shortcuts. I’m surprised people don’t know them. Even simple things like using your keyboard for cut and paste functions.

Your computer mouse will work for most things you can do with the keyboard. Maybe the keyboard shortcuts will never be anything but extra knowledge or a backup plan for you… but, maybe knowing a simple keyboard shortcut will turn out to be a great thing.

Browser shortcuts save you time while you are looking at websites. Using the shortcuts on your keyboard can be simpler than right clicking the mouse, you don’t need to be as precise. Also, on sites which disable right clicks you can still use the keyboard shortcut to open new links or copy text.

These are the shortcuts I use most often. (Don’t type in the first ‘+’ it just means ‘and’ in this case).


Browser Shortcuts: Resources

From Twitter – #FactsWithoutWikipedia

This was a pretty funny hashtag on Twitter yesterday. I posted a few myself.

It’s not easy being funny. If you have time to warm up you can get better, your jokes become smarter and you come up with them faster.

Try write several ideas for the hashtag #FactsWithoutWikipedia. Write at least 3 and see how you improve as you warm to the subject matter.

Writing is like that. You don’t sit down and light the keyboard on fire with your great ideas. Start, then warm up and then you will find yourself in gear, roaring into the first lap of your writing race.

A Little Typo Goes a Long Way

What if Deja Vu meant that you lost a life and are starting back up from your last checkpoint? What if you could hit “backspace” and relive a month of your life, or a whole year if you click it 12 times in a row. What if you could change your life by using cut and paste?

Would you make drastic changes to your life or your future/ past if you could do it as easily as typing on a keyboard?

Give Yourself Permission to Fail

ladaisi: Meagan of The Illustrator’s Wife : Give Yourself Permission to Fail

I happen to believe there’s a little bit of an artist in all of us. And artists are not of the stock who shrink back. So be bold. Be courageous. Take every major disaster and every tiny error, every wrong turn, every fragment of discarded clay, all the blood, sweat, and tears – and let it have meaning. Reuse, reshape, learn, grow. Recast all that goes wrong so that in the end none of your failings are wasted and nothing is without significance and everything, everything is precious to you. 

Failing is not so easy. Think about all those who never get the courage to even try. To get to the point where you have failed is a good thing when you think about it. So many others have not had the courage to test themselves, to let themselves be tested and take the chance that they could fail. Keep your failures as badges of having tried. Keep track of them as lessons learned and try a new way, a new method, on your next try.

The problem with failing a few times is letting yourself feel discouraged. It’s so easy to listen to the voices of others, the own pessimistic voice in your head and look around and compare yourself to others who seem to be doing better and finding success so much easier than you have, so far.

I remember leaving in the middle of my typing exam in my first year of high school. The sound of all those typewriters was huge and fast. My own pecking at the keyboard seemed pathetic in comparison. I left in the middle of the exam and cried in the women’s washroom. I didn’t go back, didn’t try again. I did fail my first year of Typing. It was later, years later, that I finally learned to touch type, on my own, when I had reason to stick with it and just the sound of my own fingers typing. I now know none of those other young women in my class were especially fast. It was just the sound of 30 at once which convinced me I was failing.

This photo is by Madelyn Mulvaney. I couldn’t resist it from the original blog post.

Other posts buzzed from the original, linked through Seeded Buzz.

Write a Guest Post for Seven Sentences

Seven Sentences – How much can you say in just seven sentences? Pick a topic and go for it.

While my butt is glued to this chair I’m still not writing one word. My fingers are on the keyboard, replying to an email. My eyes flick up to the computer screen, someone replied to me on Twitter. I’ve got coffee, mostly still lukewarm. My trusty hair clip is holding back the straggling tendrils that might brush my face and distract me from writing. I even cleared most, some, well a little, of the clutter from my desk. Everything is in place, even me, but I’m not writing one word, still.

Rapping, Rhyming Writer Nerds

Can you write Nerd rapping rhymes? I wouldn’t have combined those ideas myself, I read about it on Byte Revel. Give it your best shot. Think geek, think nerd and set it to rap.

I’m not a rap writer but here’s my attempt, short out of necessity. I’d feel silly if I let it keep going any longer.

Words don’t flow, time just blows
The world turns, the worm turns too
My keyboard seems to be stuck with glue!
Wrong to blame the words, I know
It’s me. I don’t stick to it just stop and go.
You can’t write with just your fingers
Confidence, discipline, patience, bigger
Spell, grammar, punctuate on the side
to yourself don’t lie, don’t hide.

How is my mess of writer nerd rap?

Wikipedia: Nerdcore Hip Hop 10 Nerdy Rap Lyrics: Hip-Hop Geeks Out

Guest Post: Best Ways to Ignite Your Imagination for Writing

Best Ways to Ignite Your Imagination for Writing

You’re sitting there staring at the keyboard. Your wheels are turning but you are going nowhere fast. Writer’s block happens to the best in the business. The trick to recovering and igniting that spark of imagination needed to finish or begin a task is elusive at best. What worked for some may not work for others; you may be left trying anything and everything you can to get it going again. This is not the end of the world unless your deadline is just around the corner, then you have to take drastic measures. One thing is for certain the more you try to force it the worse it will become.

You can try everything including throwing in the kitchen sink, as one notable life coach was quoted as saying, and you still find yourself stuck. This is the time that you should back off. Walk away from the computer and just relax. Do something fun or different, just try and make it something that has absolutely nothing to do with the project you are working on. Try being creative in other mediums that you are less familiar with or are mentally taxing and see where it takes you. Heck, bake a cake, sketch, listen to your favorite songs and dance until you drop.

There are those who find that reading something from several different genres can provide that jolt to the imagination that is sorely needed. Meditation does it for others. Sometimes what happens is that your brain simply refuses to go in the direction you choose for a moment. So reset it by letting it wander a bit. That’s right, it may sound a bit far fetched but as a writer this seems to be the only explanation that makes sense. The mind is a remarkable organ that can sometimes gets tired of doing what it is we are overtaxing it with. It just needs a little rest sometimes.

Scenic drives and a visit to an arboretum can be very helpful. Bottom line, do something that is so totally out of character for you so that it becomes a catalyst for inspiration. Focusing on something else has worked time and time again for many professional creatives to be one of the best ways to begin the flow of thought. Let it go and just go about the day as if you do not need to get back to it. Go for a walk and observe the world around you. Watch the natural passage of time and how the people around you interact with their world. If a great idea comes to you run with it!

Rick Valence loves to read and write short stories, books and especially blogs. He has a vast array of writing interests that include fiction, non-fiction and how-to guides. He considers himself a bit of a wine aficionado and enjoys spending his vacations in the beautiful California Wine Country discovering great new wines and food pairings. Rick works Monday through Friday as a digital camera repair specialist at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, Arizona. He is also the webmaster of his company’s camera repair blog.

Have you Ever Found a Word that Said Everything?

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for”. — Georgia O’Keeffe

Quote found on the Daily Art Fixx site.

Do you watch your characters and the scene around them as you write or is it all just coming out as text direct from your brain to your keyboard? Do you see it in colour or black and white? Do you hear their voices as they speak? Can you feel their emotions as they go about their adventures?

Have you ever found a word that said everything you thought you couldn’t say in just one word?

Turn Your Keyboard Back Into a Typewriter

USB Typewriter. Customized from old typewriters.

Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the USB adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use.

Would you go back to using a typewriter now, even as just a keyboard? I know I’d never want to go back to the days before word processing on the computer. That was a lot more work and even Liquid Paper left a clumpy mess if you were allowed to use it for fixing things. (Not every admin. asst. job would accept fixed mistakes, some insisted on having the whole page typed over fresh and perfectly).

I don’t think I would even want to go back to using a typewriter. As glamorous as they make look those old typewriters were hard on fingers. It took quite a whack to press down those keys. Now and then one would come out too light. You could customize a modern typewriter but what would be the point. They don’t look all that different from a standard keyboard anyway.

Still, there is the allure of the old fashioned and the appeal of re-using and recycling something considered retro on a good day and just plain obsolete most days.

Would you go back to your typewriter?