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Q4 Shortcuts Completing This Quest

1. Basics

Completing this Quest

In this Quest, you shared learned about shortcuts and shared them with others.  You have completed this Quest when you:

  • Taught at least three shortcuts to two other individuals (a relative, classmate, friend, etc.).
  • Wrote up a short tip report. (Rubric for the tip report)
  • Included the names of the individuals you taught them to and which shortcuts you taught them,
  • Explained any observations you made of your teaching session. 
  • Worked on your keyboarding skills and set a personal goal for improvement. 
  • Checked with your teacher for further directions about saving and sharing your work.

Screenshot of portfolio imageIf you are using the Student Portfolio, list 3 shortcuts you like to use and set a goal to be able to type a certain amount of words per minute.

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Additional learning resources available

Chromebook Shortcuts


1. Start with understanding the basic gestures and try them out:
18 iPad Tricks You Didn't know Existed - iPadOS 14! YouTube (10:08)

  • tap
  • touch and hold
  • swipe and swipe right and swipe left
  • scroll
  • zoom
  • pinch
  • multitasking
  • notifications
  • spotlight

2. Then explore more tips in a few minutes of time and practice them:


iPad gestures every teacher and students should know

Direct link to this video

3. Select two things you want to learn from the lists of tips in the articles below, AND Share it with a friend if you find it helpful.

10 Great Shortcuts from LifeWire

  • Put an Extra App on the dock
  • Using Spotlight Search
  • Hidden control center
  • Virtual Touchpad
  • Create your own shortcuts
  • Shake to Undo
  • Split the keyboard
  • Tap a word to get a definition
  • Download previously purchased apps
  • Take Quick Screenshots

 8 Hidden iPad Secrets that will Turn you into a Pro 

  • Tap the title bar to get back to the top
  • Skip the Apostrophe (auto-correct will take care of it)
  • Virtual Touchpad
  • Spotlight search to find music and open apps
  • Garage Band, iMovie, iWork (all included)
  • Download Free Books
  • Move an app to the dock
  • Have your iPad Read text out loud for you (text-to-speech)


1. Open a word processing document (Word or Google Doc).

2. Watch the video below and pause it while you try at least five of the shortcuts using the document. 

Direct link

3. If you have a Chromebook, use the Chromebooks using Google Docs

4. For more Windows and Mac shortcuts check out:

5. Try this Basics: PC-Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Quiz or Basics: Macintosh Keyboard shortcuts Quiz to test your knowledge. 

5. Watch the How to Use Split View on your Mac-Apple YouTube.

  • Hover your pointer over the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. Or click and hold the button.
  • Choose ”Tile Window to Left of Screen” or ”Tile Window to Right of Screen” from the menu. ...
  • Click a window on the other side of the screen to begin using both windows side by side.

Windows 10 Shortcuts

1. Step 1: Drag and drop your first window into the corner you want to snap it to. Alternatively, press the Windows key and left or right arrow, followed by the up or down arrow. Step 2: Do the same with a second window on the same side and you will have two snapped into place.

2. Review this list of Windows 10 Shortcuts and try five of them.

3. Complete the Quest using the directions at the bottom.

4. How to's for splitting the screen:



MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies