Whenever you find yourself using a menu item more than a few times a day, look for a keyboard shortcut on its right. These are the four symbols you might see next to a letter, number, or punctuation mark in a menu:
So look for these shortcut symbols in menus, and memorize the ones you use most. Trust me, keyboard shortcuts are faster every time; you’ll save many minutes every day not reaching for mouse or moving it up to a menu item, which slows you down more than you think.
I created two printable .JPG files you can use to memorize some of the more useful shortcuts. Download them below, tape them to your monitor, and then don’t remove it until your fingers automatically perform these shortcuts every time and you don’t even think about reaching for the mouse.
I know it might seem weird that I’m telling you to print these documents, but that way you won’t need a mouse to find them. Plus, if you only store it as a file on your hard drive you’ll surely forget about it.
*To download the Keyboard Shortcut files, right-click (or control-click) the images below, and then choose Save Image As…
Another quality freebie from your friends at Working Smarter for Mac Users.