A couple weeks ago, we wrote about taking your hands off the mouse. Learning the shortcuts is the first step. That alone helps you to work more efficiently. The next step is putting them into action. Not only using them, but using them in combination with other shortcuts.
Let’s use the paragraph below as an example. If you want to move from the bolded word (this) to the underlined word (disease). How would you do it?
This is a 59-year-old male with history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension, who presents with complaint of abdominal distention, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting. The patient apparently had a bowel movement yesterday.
Would you click CTRL+Right Arrow to move from word to word? The most efficient way to do it would be to click END. If you press END, you will automatically move to the end of the line. Follow that with CTRL+Left Arrow and you will be on the underlined word. By using a combination of two shortcuts, you will navigate to the word in two steps rather than the 19 it would take if you only use CTRL+Right Arrow. Adding maneuvers such as this will make you a much more efficient and speedy editor at the end of the day.
Learning to use combination shortcuts will take some practice and time. To get you started, try the exercises on the Editing Fun page. After you have completed them, tell us what you think.