Tip: Save time with keyboard shortcuts

"Work 10 times faster"

We are huge fans of keyboard shortcuts.
It allows us to do our work more efficiently.

Studies calculate that using keyboard shortcuts allows to work 10 times faster than working with the mouse. The time you spend looking for the mouse and then getting the cursor to the position you need is lost time! Reducing the working time by 10 brings you greater efficiency [1].

Because both of your hands can remain on the keyboard, using a shortcut to perform a task is often faster than using a mouse.
While using a shortcut might only save you a second or two at a time, that time adds up. Using a mouse for everything can lead to repetitive strain injury.
For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen, and are an essential alternative to using a mouse.

Start any tool from ASAP Utilities with a shortcut

By default there are 25 pre-defined shortcuts in ASAP Utilities, but you can change this and basically add a shortcut for any tool in ASAP Utilities. (Via this tool you can find out which tools you use the most over time.)
You can view or edit the shortcuts to start the tools from ASAP Utilities via:
ASAP Utilities » Favorites & Shortcuts » Organize your favorite tools...

Work 10 times faster with keyboard shortcuts

Create your own shortcuts to quickly start the tools you use the most

Keyboard shortcuts are useful for people with a wide range of disabilities, as well as anyone who wants to save time by combining key commands with mouse control.

Microsoft differentiates keyboard shortcuts from hotkeys (mnemonics) whereby the former consists of a specific key combination used to trigger an action, and the latter represents a designated letter in a menu command or toolbar button that when pressed together with the Alt key, activates such command.

ASAP Utilities uses both keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys.

Overview of Excel's keyboard shortcuts

References on why keyboard shortcuts are good for you

How much time will it save?

It's guaranteed that you'll save yourself time and effort by using shortcuts. However, the actual time saved depends on how much you use Excel and the shortcuts from either Excel or ASAP Utilities.
Extensive mouse usage is associated with RSI (Repetitive Syndrome Injury) much more often than the keyboard usage. By alternating mouse and keyboard usage you can reduce the risks of RSI.

Download ASAP Utilities

In case you don't have ASAP Utilities yet, you can download the free Home&Student edition (for home projects, schoolwork and use by charitable organizations) or the fully functional 90-day Business trial from:

One comment


Will it be possible for ASAP utilities to add a worksheet navigation function?
Like, for a work book that has many worksheets, add a function to show a navigation pane on the left like an
explorer tree. The pane can be turned on and off.

Don't know how difficult to do this, just asking.