Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Use the keyboard shortcuts, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- [Voiceover] As you continue using lynda.com to reach your learning goal, one best practice is to learn and use the lynda.com keyboard shortcuts. These will allow you to save time by quickly navigating the lynda.com website without having to use your mouse, by just simply touching a single key or two on the keyboard. In order to access a list of all the keyboard shortcuts available to us, let's go and click on the three dots or the More menu in the upper right hand corner, and let's go ahead and select Keyboard Shortcuts. Here in the pop-up window, we can see all of the keyboard shortcuts that we can use when watching a lynda.com course.
There's a couple I'd like to point out and they're really relevant to the things we've already talked about inside of this course. Earlier, we talked about increasing and decreasing the speed of a course as we're watching it. In fact, I even mentioned that I like to increase the speed when someone's describing things to me and then slow down the speed when they're giving specific step by step instructions. That can be kind of tedious to click on the gear icon and then select the right speed multiple times in a single video. Well, all I have to do is simply hold down the Shift key and then use the arrow left to decrease speed or the right arrow key to increase speed.
If I don't hold down the Shift key and I just hit the arrow key left or the arrow key right, I can also quickly jump back 10 seconds or forward 10 seconds. If I'm familiar with the content and the author's already described something, this is a great way to quickly skip through it, listening in every 10 seconds, until you get to new material that you're not familiar with. I also use the spacebar quite often to pause the video, especially when I'm taking notes. One thing I'd like to point out is the ability to go into Theater Mode by using the T key. Let's go ahead and close out of these keyboard shortcuts and take a look at how a few of these work.
The Theater Mode allows me to remove all distractions and focus exactly on what the author's telling me. For example, here in the Up and Running with Java Applications, perhaps I'd like to focus on the code that's on the screen. All I have to do is hit the T key and I've automatically taken the player window and made it the full width of my particular screen. If I'd like to jump ahead in this content, I can simply use the arrow key to jump 10 seconds in or maybe even 20 or 30 seconds in to this particular content. I'm going to go and hit the spacebar key to go ahead and pause this particular video. If I'd like to take a note, I can simply hit the T key again to exit out of the Theater Mode.
I can hit the N key and you'll notice the Notebook automatically opened up for me. Now, it could be daunting to try to learn all of these keyboard shortcuts the first time you're using lynda.com. What I recommend is selecting one or two keyboard shortcuts and to utilize those as you move through your next course. Then, each additional course, maybe add in an additional keyboard shortcut until you have a large repertoire of keyboard shortcuts to help save you time as you move through lynda.com material and ultimately, towards your learning goal.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 12/08/2015. What changed?
A: We updated all of the movies to match the new Lynda.com site design. We also added new movies on using keyboard shortcuts and optimizing your viewing experience.
Q: This course was updated on 04/06/2016. What changed?
A: We updated 8 videos to reflect changes to the Lynda.com interface, including keyboard shortcuts and the layout of notes.