Word Processing & Shortcuts
Many students who are blind or visually impaired will need instruction in strategies or the use of software to access a computer and navigate the computer without a mouse. Additionally, some students will need instruction in assistive technology devices that are specific to individuals who are blind or visually impaired including video magnifie and braille notetakers.
By: Carmen Willings
Updated June 9, 2019
Word processing skills follow a natural extension and application of keyboarding skills. The student should learn to independently use a word processor to create, proofread, edit and print a document. Becoming familiar with the shortcuts will help the students complete assignments faster and minimize the need to locate the pointer or cursor, thus reducing visual fatigue or possible neck strain. This is particularly important for students to learn when accessibility features cannot be accessed or screen magnification is not accessible.
The following is a list of Window's built-in shortcut keys. These shortcuts are for computers with a Win Logo Key on the keyboard. Some of these may not be available or may have different actions depending on your software. To find shortcuts specific to your computer (if these do not work), use a search engine and search "keyboard commands without a mouse". I developed the following forms for quick reference when I am instructing students on keyboarding skills. You can click on the bottom corner to enlarge the form or download and print it for your reference.
Word Processing Instruction
Students can be instructed in using Windows Keystrokes for needed applications and use Word Processing Software to complete written assignments with few errors per assignment. Students will also need to be instructed in how to use the internet including how to open the browser, read a web page, activate a link, utilize the search command, type in an internet address and locate a page.
The student will also need to be instructed on how to:
Download and/or Print the Shortcut Keys on the Printables page
A list of windows keyboard shortcuts can be found on Microsoft's support page.
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