The Need For Speed
Computing today is all about one thing—speed! It’s not just
enough to be able to use computers, because, let’s face it,
everyone and their monkey can use a computer these
days. What’s more important, and what will set you apart from
the crowd, is how fast you can use the computer to do your
bidding. The difference between an average computer user, and
an advanced user often comes down to how many shortcuts you
know. Many of you reading this book are already adept at some
basic shortcuts—[Ctrl] + [C] to copy, and [Ctrl] + [V] to
paste. Some of you may have graduated to more advanced
shortcuts, such as [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [C] to copy
formatting in a document, or maybe you just go to Start >
Run, and type nusrmgr.cpl when you want to open Windows’
User Account Management tool. Whatever the case, there’s no
way you’re going to remember all the shortcuts you need to...
OK, so we lied! Apparently, there is a way for you to
remember all that you need to know. You’re way ahead of us
too—you’ve already bought, and are reading this book! No matter
how much of a computer whiz you imagine yourself to be,
there’s bound to be something you will learn from this book.
For beginners, we have almost every keyboard shortcut for
Windows, so you won’t need to hunt through menus and click
away like mad to get to what you’re looking for.
For working professionals, most of whom use Microsoft
Office at work and home, our MS Office shortcuts are
guaranteed to give you an edge over your colleagues.
You’re going to surf faster, and get more done online thanks
to our Internet tools shortcuts. Those just starting off with
Adobe Photoshop need to just memorize our imaging chapter.
Audio and video editing enthusiasts are a patient lot, waiting
for hours for stuff to render or changes to occur, and hopefully
they’ll save hours with the shortcuts provided. Lastly, all movie
and music buffs will not waste any time on their media players
thanks to the last chapter. We hope you enjoy this Fast Track.