Tip of the week # 635
1 January 2021

Six productive things to do with CTRL + N(ew) *

Hello and welcome to the first tip of 2021. Happy new year! Speaking of new ... do you use the File tab when you want to create a new document in Office? (That's four clicks - not that I'm counting.) Or perhaps you click on the New button on the Quick Access Toolbar? (That is, if you stuck it on there.) Or perhaps you love keyboard shortcuts and use CTRL + N?

But did you know you can use this intuitive keyboard shortcut (the letter N for new) for so much more?

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Word, Excel and PowerPoint : open a new document
  2. Outlook : create a new email message or a meeting, contact or task - depending on what part of Outlook you're in
  3. Teams: start a new chat
  4. Chrome and Edge : open a new browser window with cursor in address bar
  5. Internet Explorer : open a copy of your current web page in a new window
  6. Windows: open a copy of your current folder in a new window

By the way, on 1 January 2001 I turned my idea into reality and started my own business. So ... happy 20th birthday to us. I would like to thank my clients for the opportunity to work on some amazing projects. And to my all-important course participants for choosing me to help tackle their time-consuming and frustrating day-to-day tasks. I wouldn't be having a birthday if it wasn't for you!

Related tips

  1. Schedule your e-mail message to be sent at your preferred date and time (Microsoft Outlook) : tip_503.php
  2. Find the best time to schedule a meeting (Microsoft Outlook) : tip_512.php
  3. Open several workbooks with a single click (Microsoft Excel) : tip_619.php


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.