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Five Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

ShortcutTrying to learn keyboard shortcuts can be intimidating; there are just so many. Like most problems, however, you can overcome the problem by breaking it down to bite-sized chunks. So if you haven’t been using keyboard shortcuts, start by learning and using just these five. Chances once you have used them only a few times, they will become second nature. Remember that some keyboard shortcuts require a combination of keys. That means you press and hold the first (second, and third, in some cases) and tap the last. As you will see, frequently the key to use makes logical sense but sometimes it doesn’t.

<ctrl>A Select the entire document
<ctrl>X Cut the selected content or object(s)
<ctrl>C Copy the selected content or object(s)
<ctrl>V Paste what you have cut or copied
<ctrl>Z Undo the last action you did

These particular keyboard shortcuts (and many more, actually) have a consistent Beachmeaning throughout the Windows world. Whether you are working with a Word Document, an Excel Workbook, a PowerPoint Presentation, any other Office document, or Windows (File) Explorer, you use the same keyboard shortcuts.

Why bother learning these or other keyboard shortcuts? It’s all about time. To be sure, the time you save by using a keyboard shortcut once is insignificantly brief. But these shortcuts do things that you do frequently and repeatedly whenever you are working on your computer. Think of those tiny slivers of time as grains of sand on a beach. Save enough of them any you will have time for a beach vacation.

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Announcing the Biggest VM Sizes Available in the Cloud: New Azure GS-VM Series

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/announcing-the-biggest-vm-sizes-available-in-the-cloud-new-azure-gs-vm-series?WT.mc_id=dx_MVP4000580

Important announcement in Azure space

 

Announcing VP9 support coming to Microsoft Edge

http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/09/08/announcing-vp9-support-coming-to-microsoft-edge/?WT.mc_id=dx_MVP4000580

New feature for Microsoft Edge

 
 

Unity 5.2 and Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.1

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/09/08/unity-5-2-and-visual-studio-tools-for-unity-2-1.aspx?WT.mc_id=dx_MVP4000580

Visual Studio is the new default Unity scripting editor on Windows

 

Announcing the Microsoft Azure Tour

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-microsoft-azure-tour/?WT.mc_id=dx_MVP4000580

The Microsoft Azure Tour is a free one day technical training event for developers and IT professionals to help you achieve more success with Azure.

 

Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Online

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cdndevs/archive/2015/09/02/visual-studio-code-and-visual-studio-online.aspx?WT.mc_id=dx_MVP4000580

Blog on the integration with Git

 

Office 2016 Public Preview

Yesterday Microsoft announced Office 2016 availability for public preview. Details and a link to the Office 2016 Preview site are in this blog article.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. We’ve expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. We’ve upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web. We’ve even added new apps to the Office family with Sway and Office Lens. All designed to keep your work moving, everywhere. But that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten where we came from. While you’ve seen us focus on tuning Office for different platforms over the last year, make no mistake, Office on Windows desktop is central to our strategy.

Office Blogs

This version introduces some exciting new Office features:

  • Anywhere Document authoring
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Smart Applications
  • Faster and easier data analysis

All in all this looks like an exciting advance in Office technology.