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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<h2>3. Work Faster and More Efficiently Without a Mouse</h2><br><br>Streamline your computer work by teaching yourself keyboard shortcuts for your common actions, such as <b>Ctrl-S</b> to save, <b>Ctrl-T</b> to open a new tab in Firefox, and <b>Ctrl-C</b> and <b>Ctrl-V</b> 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. <br><br>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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