20 tech habits to improve your life

A few new habits can make the difference between staying on task, finding what you need, and getting things done--or having a tech meltdown.

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3. Work Faster and More Efficiently Without a Mouse

Streamline your computer work by teaching yourself keyboard shortcuts for your common actions, such as Ctrl-S to save, Ctrl-T to open a new tab in Firefox, and Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V to copy and paste ([[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/116190/mobile_computing_essential_keyboard_shortcuts.html|see our list of additional shortcuts|Mobile Computing: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts]]). Then, become a keyboard master with the help of a keyboard launcher such as the free [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64515-page,1-c,desktop/description.html|Launchy|Launchy]] (Windows) or [[xref:http://docs.blacktree.com/quicksilver/what_is_quicksilver|Quicksilver|Quicksilver]] (Mac). You can start programs, open documents, and even do advanced actions such as resizing images and moving files without moving your hands from the keyboard.

You can also assign key combinations that automatically type out common phrases--such as user names, passwords, addresses, and e-mail signatures--with utilities like [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,6987-order,6-page,1/description.html|TypeItIn|TypeItIn]] (Windows) or [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/147496/speed_up_email_replies.html|TypeIt4Me|TypeIt4Me]] (Mac OS X).

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