Digital Literacy For Dummies
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To be fully functional in today's society, you have to possess digital literacy — the knowledge of using computers in the many ways they enhance our work, home, school, and entertainment. Being digitally literate means you know the handiest tricks for surfing the web, keyboard shortcuts to get stuff done fast in Windows 8, and more keyboard shortcuts to help you work efficiently in Word and Excel.

6 Web Search Tricks to Know

Knowing some basic web search words and symbols (or syntax) will speed up an Internet search, whether you’re using Google, Bing, or other search engines. If you use the following five tips with your search words or phrases, you’ll quickly find the precise results you’re seeking — and improve your digital literacy!

Use This Symbol/Word What It Does Example
Quotation marks Searches for the phrase between the quotation marks, exactly as
“Imagine all the people”
– (minus sign)

Note: Make sure there’s a space before the
minus sign, and no space after it!
Removes a word from your search results “states that make cheese
* Represents an unknown value “A * saved is a * earned”
OR Searches for either of two words Olympics 2014 OR 2016
.. (two periods without spaces) Searches within a given range cars $10,000..$15,000

Boost Your Digital Literacy with Formatting Shortcuts in Word

In Microsoft Word, you can use a variety of keyboard shortcuts to apply formatting (including italics, bold, and underline); change the font or size of your text; or adjust the spacing and alignment of paragraphs.

Attribute Keyboard Shortcut
All caps Ctrl+Shift+A
Bold Ctrl+B
Decrease font size Ctrl+Shift+<
Double underline text Ctrl+Shift+D
Format Painter – copy Ctrl+Shift+C
Format Painter – paste Ctrl+Shift+V
Increase font size Ctrl+Shift+>
Italic Ctrl+I
Font dialog box Ctrl+D
Small caps Ctrl+Shift+K
Subscript Ctrl+=
Superscript Ctrl+Shift+ + (plus sign)
Underline Ctrl+U
Underline words but not spaces Ctrl+Shift+W
Change case Shift+F3
Remove all manual character formatting Ctrl+spacebar
Single-space lines Ctrl+1
Double-space lines Ctrl+2
Add or remove space before the paragraph Ctrl+0 (zero)
Switch between Centered and Left-Aligned Ctrl+E
Switch between Justified and Left-Aligned Ctrl+J
Switch between Right-Aligned and Left-Aligned Ctrl+R
Left Align Ctrl+L
Left Indent Ctrl+M
Remove Left Indent Ctrl+Shift+M
Hanging Indent Ctrl+T
Remove Paragraph Formatting Ctrl+Q
Open the Styles task pane Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S
Apply Normal style Ctrl+Shift+N
Apply Heading 1 style Alt+Ctrl+1
Apply Heading 2 style Alt+Ctrl+2

14 Keyboard Shortcuts for Moving the Cell Cursor in Excel

Anyone who works with Excel spreadsheets knows that they can become extremely long and complex. Here are some keyboard tricks for getting around in a spreadsheet quickly and easily.

Press This To Move . . .
Arrow keys One cell in the direction of the arrow
Tab One cell to the right
Shift+Tab One cell to the left
Ctrl+arrow key To the edge of the current data region (the first or last cell that isn’t empty) in the direction of the arrow
End To the cell in the lower-right corner of the window*
Ctrl+End To the last cell in the worksheet, in the lowest used row of the rightmost used column
Home To the beginning of the row containing the active cell
Ctrl+Home To the beginning of the worksheet (cell A1)
Page Down One screen down
Alt+Page Down One screen to the right
Ctrl+Page Down To the next sheet in the workbook
Page Up One screen up
Alt+Page Up One screen to the left
Ctrl+Page Up To the previous sheet in the workbook

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Faithe Wempen is an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is the author of over 150 books on computer hardware and software, and an online technology courseware developer whose courses have educated over a quarter of a million people.

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