I was one of those guys who used to resist technology. I liked things the way they were, and that meant NO COMPUTERS. Or at least, very limited use of computers. But it’s 2016 now, and I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that computers aren’t going anywhere, so I better just figure out how to use the darn things. I had to make the changeover a while back!
And if I do say so myself, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I’m no tech guru or anything, but I get by.
In my quest to better understand computers and associated technology, I’ve learned a few things that I thought might be helpful to my fellow voice actors.
1. Keyboard shortcuts. This one’s pretty basic, but still extremely useful. Ctrl + x for cut, Ctrl + c for copy, and Ctrl + v for paste. Ctrl + s will save what you’re working on, while Ctrl + f will open a search tool that allows you search for whatever you type in the box. Oh, and Ctrl + Shift + T will restore a closed tab on your internet browser. Boom. I just saved you a lot of unnecessary mouse clicking.
2. Repeat your last command in Excel. Hit F4 to do that thing you just did in your spreadsheet.
3. Clear your cache. Ctrl + Shift + R will quickly clear your cache and speed up your computer and conserve bandwidth.
4. Move open windows wherever you want. If you've got multiple windows open, like email, a spreadsheet, internet, and editing software, you can move them around your screen or even onto another monitor simply by holding the Windows key and using the arrows (up, down, left, right).
Even though these aren’t specifically geared to VO, they’re still helpful tools to have in your arsenal. Anything that will save you time or make your relationship with your computer just a little bit better, is worth knowing, in my opinion.