A little while back I wrote about the benefits of making the investment to learn touch typing. A benefit of touch typing that I didn’t mention in that post is that it gives you quick and easy access to keyboard shortcuts. But even if you’re a hunt-and-peck style typist, learning and using keyboard shortcuts has its own advantages.
Keyboard shortcuts allow you to get things done while leaving your hands over the keyboard, rather than constantly reaching for the mouse. While this may seem trivial, over a day you will find that using shortcuts is not only a lot more efficient than using the mouse, but it is also creates less stress in your hand and arm. Mouse usage is often associated with repetitive strain-type pains in the wrist, forearm and shoulder.
Even if you are already a ‘Control+C/V’ user, chances are there are many more keyboard shortcuts available to you that you are either unaware of or don’t use.