Today we’re going to learn how to tell the computer we want to do something with all of the text and/or images on a webpage, or in a document, or in a little field.
We’re going to use what’s known as a ‘keyboard shortcut’ to select everything on a page, or in a text box, or – well you get the picture.. .
- Control A
- Hold down the CTRL key and tap the A key
Have you ever typed a letter, and you’ve decided you want to change the colour of all the text? Or maybe you’ve found a great recipe and want to copy it all and paste it into a document in your computer, so you’ve got it any time you need it?
Control A is the shortcut for the command which tells the computer – “Select everything on this page, or on this webpage, or in this text box, because I’m going to do something with it”.
Until you know this shortcut, you would probably find the first part of what you want, then left-click and hold it down, then scroll all the way to the end – which could be a 70 page document, or a really long webpage – then you let go of the mouse, and you see everything is highlighted, so you can do what you had planned to do – copy, move, make bigger…
Instead of that – simply:
Hold down the CTRL key and tap A
Control A - everything is selected.
You might not use this often, but it can come in real handy at times – I hope it saves you some time and hassle.