Need to learn any new software quickly? Think for a moment, Your computer has broken or stopped responding; and you had to complete your works with your friend’s computer or with office computer.
But what happens when software on those computers are not similar with that of your computer? Then you have to spent a lot of time to learn any new software before start your work.
It may take few hours to couple of weeks. However these simple tips will help you shorten the leaning curve and learn any new software quickly.
How to Learn Any New Software Quickly?
01. Similarity of Interface
A set of software which do the same task in the computer comes with a same interface. Therefore you do not need to waste your time to familiar with the interface of new software.
For instance, see the similarity of interface of three web browsers.
Another example, see the similarity of interface of two word processors.
02. Command Organization
Similar types of software organized even its commands in a similar and logical way.
For instance, if you need to save your work, to get a printout, to open a different file, create a new file, you SHOULD go to the File menu.
Another example, you SHOULD open the Edit menu to execute undo, redo, cut, copy and paste commands.
03. Same Keyboard Shortcuts
Some keyboard shortcuts are universal keyboard shortcuts, which means those can use almost any software easily.
Here are some examples,
Ctrl + N– Create a new file/window
Ctrl + O– Open a new file
Ctrl + C– Copy content to the clipboard
Ctrl + X– Move content to the clipboard
Ctrl + V– Paste last copied content
Ctrl + Z– Undo last operation
Ctrl + P– Take a printout of your work
Ctrl + A– Select all items in the document.
04. Use Built in Help
If you stuck somewhere while your work, Just press the
F1 key (this is also a universal keyboard shortcut for ‘help’). The built in help window will open to support on you.
You can browse or search for specific topic to get help in the built in help window.
See below screenshot – This is the built in help window of LibreOffice Writer.
05. Search for Google
If you need to get help or need to ask something on using a software, don’t hesitate to give a search on Google. There are thousands of blogs and forums are ready to help you.
For instance, you can do a simple search like ‘how to mail merge in ms word‘ or ‘how to insert a chart in excel’ or ‘how to get fade effect in photoshop’ or whatever you need to know.
The results are appear within a few seconds.
Conclusion – Learn Any New Software
Finished reading? Then follow these tips, I’m sure you will learn any new software easily and quickly, and will be a master in any new software.
However, you will come across with some question when using new software, never hesitate to ask your question from us. Just put your question in a comment, I’ll be there to help you.
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