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Power users do as much of their work as they can with their hands on their keyboards instead of continually reaching for a mouse. For frequently used commands using KeyTips will really make those precious seconds add up. Let's say I want to add a new table in my existing database. To do this using KeyTips, press the Alt key on the left-side of your keyboard. Little letters will appear over each of the ribbons, and a 1, 2, 3 will show up on the Quick Access toolbar. Some of the letters are the first letters of the ribbon name.
Context-sensitive ribbons like the Table tools will always show up with a J as the first letter of those tabs. So to create a new table I've to go to the Create Ribbon. So I'll press C on my keyboard, the Create ribbon appears and there is a T+N under the Table button that I want. So I'll type TN, a new table appears. If I want to add a number field to my table, I'll press Alt on my keyboard again J+B to move to the Table tools fields ribbon, and then D+N to choose a number field.
I'll enter a field name, Quantity. To save my table I'll hold down Alt and press 1. Since this is a new table Access's ask me to name it, I'll call it Inventory. And because the OK button is blue all I have to do is hit Enter on my keyboard, I don't even have to click on it. In this way I can get a lot of developmental work done in just a few keystrokes, without even taking my fingers of the keyboard. Do you know, that KeyTips and keyboard commands are not exactly the same thing.
We'll cover keyboard shortcuts in a future lesson.
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