Do you use hot keys on the computer? You know, the combinations of keys you can press to make things happen, on your computer. There are a ton of hot keys out there and you can even write macros to make your own, if you really want.
Mostly, they are a time-saver. Awhile back, I read an article about the amount of time a company estimated their traders lost in a day by clicking with a mouse instead of using the relevant hot keys. It was an hour a day. (Unfortunately, I can’t find the article again.)
An Entire Hour
What does that tell us?
Not only can hot keys save you frustration but they can make you more efficient. If you’re, say, side hustling in the evenings, the faster you can do things, the better. If you can’t get enough done in a day at work, same thing. Let’s say that you could use hot keys enough to save yourself fifteen minutes a week on blogging. Every month, you’ve got an extra hour. That extra hour could be another post, it could mean your rate-per-hour has gone up, or it could mean that you can go do something else.
Here are the blogging hot keys that I use on a regular basis. I work in Excel a decent amount at work and you all know that I spend way too much time on blogging related things!
*These are all for PCs, sometimes there is a Mac equivalent, other times you’re scuppered.
Ctrl + K
This is the blogger must-know hot key. I myself only learned of this fabulous thing recently. Now I use it basically every day! Ctrl + K inserts links. It works in Microsoft Office products, like Word. It works in WordPress! It works in Google Docs. Isn’t that handy, and universal? In Google Docs, it will also bring up an option to search for things related to whatever text you have highlighted. Hat tip to Sarah at LifeCommaEtc for clueing me in to that one!
Pressing Ctrl + K when you are in the middle of a link will also open up the dialogue box to show you what it links to. This is very handy for finding out where your freelance or staff writers have linked, from within the WordPress dashboard.
Shift + Arrows
This is how to select text, a letter at a time. Once you’ve selected it, you can hit Ctrl + K to add in your link, then Ctrl + V to paste in your link. Fancy, but still slow.
Ctrl + Shift + Arrows
Now we’re cooking with rocket fuel! This way selects whole words at a time. Click back four times and you will select the four words you just wrote, then pop in your link.
After you’ve selected, Ctrl + K’d and popped in your link, punch your end key to go back to the end of your current line. This sequence should help out a lot when it comes to writing and linking blog posts quickly!
Shift + Enter
This hot key is kind of going the way of the do-do bird, but there are times where it might still be useful. Once you have typed in a site name in your browser, hit those two and it will add the www and the .com for you. Most sites now just skip the whole www thing, but sometimes you need it. At the very least, you’ll save typing four letters for dot com!
Ctrl + Shift + Enter
This one is really more for academics, but it works just like the last one in your browser and adds .edu. Isn’t that neato?
Alt + Tab, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + X, Ctrl + V
Everything else above is also assuming that you know how to utilize these basic hot keys already. If you don’t, alt + tab switches between windows, Ctrl + C copies things, Ctrl + X cuts things and Ctrl + V pastes things.
Ctrl + Z
This is UNDO. Very important.
Ctrl + Y
This is REDO. It can be VERY important. Remember that time? Ya.
There’s a lot more hot keys for bloggers out there, this is just a little sampling that will help make you a faster blogger!