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HOW A DEEPER KNOWLEDGE OF BASIC TOOLS CAN UP YOUR GAME continued

Figure 3: Navigation Pane
on social media where translators can commiserate about their
difficulties or share ideas and solutions with each other.

THREE PRACTICAL TIPS
There are plenty of features and techniques to help you get the
most out of your software, but here are three useful ways that can
allow you to become more of a power user in any program with
which you're already familiar.
Shortcut Keys: Shortcut keys are just that: quick ways to get
around the often cumbersome process of using dropdown
menus to find the command you're looking for. Shortcut keys
are key combinations that cause a specific command to be
executed. Most programs include them to help increase speed
and productivity.
These shortcuts typically combine the Ctrl, Alt, or Windows
keys (on Windows) or the Command, Option, or Control keys
(on a Mac) plus a letter. Sometimes hovering the mouse pointer
over an icon will reveal the key combination. Also, on Windows,
hitting the Alt key once can reveal the shortcut letter to be used
together with the Alt key to access that function. Try googling
the name of any program along with the words "shortcut keys"
and your operating system (Windows or Mac), and you're
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bound to get a long list of useful shortcut keys to incorporate
into daily usage.
Using shortcut keys particularly for repeated functions like
copy (Ctrl / CMD + c) or paste (Ctrl / CMD + v), or to move
between programs (Ctrl / CMD + tab) not only saves time, but
using them can be a lot easier on your wrist than clicking away
on a mouse, especially when sitting at the computer for hours
on end. In MS Word, try Ctrl/CMD + Shift + c to select the
formatting of any selected text, and then Ctrl/CMD + Shift + v to
apply that same formatting to another selected text. This is great
for copying font sizes or colors, typefaces, or even indenting
over to another part of your document. Then there's the handy
"undo" function (Ctrl / CMD + z), which in many programs
erases the last change made-a life-saving function if that last
change you made was an error. (See Figure 1 on page 35.)
Context Menus and Task Panes: The Context Menu, also
known as the "right-click menu," offers several handy options
that sometimes aren't readily visible on the top or side toolbars on
your screen. These menus are most often accessed by pressing the
right click button on your mouse or by clicking with two fingers
on a trackpad. (See Figure 2 on page 35.)
Virtually all programs, whether they be Microsoft, Adobe, or
CAT tool software, offer several handy functions in the context
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