Instead it’s a much less exciting story: In the late 1800s, designers received input from telegraph operators to determine the layout. Sholes sold his design to Remington, the famed gun manufacturer, who began producing typewriters.
Remington developed training sessions to teach typists to use their machines, so anyone hiring a trained typist bought typewriters with this keyboard layout, typically Remington typewriters of course.
Thus the QWERTY keyboard became the standard and is still used today.
Improve Your Typing Efficiency with Shortcuts
While our keyboards aren’t as inefficient as we thought, keyboard shortcuts can improve typing efficiency
It is much faster to “Ctrl + S” to save a document then it is to stop and navigate to “Save” in the Quick Access Toolbar – these are the icons at the very top of Word – or the menu.
However, not all shortcuts are as intuitive as “Save.”
To truly master shortcuts, you will need to practice them.
Once you add them to your typing arsenal, though, you’re typing speed will be faster than ever.
Shortcuts You Can Use
Here is a list of keyboard shortcuts that are useful in document preparation:
Ctrl + T: Indent paragraph
Ctrl + M: Create hanging indent
Ctrl + G: Go to
Ctrl + 0: Add or remove a space above paragraphs
Ctrl + 1: Single space
Ctrl + 2: Double space
Ctrl + 5: 1.5 space
Ctrl + Enter: Insert page break
Ctrl + [ : Decrease font size
Ctrl + ] : Increase font size
Alt + Ctrl + F: Insert footnote
Alt + Ctrl + D: Insert endnote
Alt + Ctrl + S: Split document window. This is useful if you need to view 2 parts of the same document at once.
Alt + Shift + D: Insert date. You may need to change the formatting to your liking. The advantage to using the date field instead of typing a date is that the field will update automatically to the current date.
Alt + Shift + O: Mark Table of Contents entry
Alt + Shift + I: Mark citation entry
Alt + Shift + X: Mark index entry
Ctrl + Alt + 1: Change paragraph to Heading 1
Ctrl + Alt + 2: Change paragraph to Heading 2
Ctrl + Alt + 3: Change paragraph to Heading 3
Ctrl + Shift + E: Turn tracking on and off
Ctrl + Shift + W: Underline words without underlining spaces
Ctrl + Shift + A: Format text in all capital letters
Ctrl + Shift + 8: View or hide nonprinting characters
Shift + F7: Thesaurus
Alt + F7: Find next spelling or grammar error
About the Author
Samantha Cruff is the Marketing Communications Coordinator at Lawyers Mutual. Contact Samantha for information regarding our available risk management publications at 800.662.8843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.