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Improve Efficiency With Keyboard Shortcuts

Community Member, Austen Brown, shows you a quick trick to save you time in Raiser's Edge. Give this blog a "LIKE" to vote for it to win the bbcon blog contest!
Have you ever looked for ways you can be more efficient throughout your day? By using keyboard shortcuts instead of your mouse, you can save a few seconds.  Now, you might be thinking to yourself, how can a few seconds help me? Let’s do some math.

Say you save 3 seconds using a keyboard shortcut instead of your mouse and, on average, you use 20 keyboard shortcuts a day. You would save 1 minute per day, 5 minutes per week, 20 minutes per month, and 4 hours a year! Imagine what you could do with all that extra time!

Here are a few of my favorite keyboard short cuts:

Alt [Underlined Letter on Tab Name] = Switches between tabs on a Record
Ctrl L = Save and Close a Record
Shift F2 = Load Default Values
F5 = Reruns Results in Query
F7 = Lookups in Table Fields / Launches Search Windows from Link Fields / Imports Credit Card information from Constituent Record into Batch
F8 = Launches AddressAccelerator in Address Fields / Toggles between Constituent Window and Data Entry Grid in Batch

Feel free to share your favorite keyboard shortcuts in the comments below.  I have also attached two documents you can use for reference of more keyboard shortcuts.
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Posted by Crystal Bruce on Sep 3, 2018 8:36 PM America/New_York

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Good luck Austen Brown‍ !
  • Posted Tue 04 Sep 2018 09:30 AM EDT
I did not know about some of these - THANK YOU!
  • Posted Tue 04 Sep 2018 10:16 AM EDT
Thank you for the helpful info!
  • Posted Tue 04 Sep 2018 02:43 PM EDT
I like these tips, thanks for sharing
  • Posted Tue 04 Sep 2018 04:03 PM EDT
Printing this out and pasting it to my computer as we speak. Great tips!
  • Posted Wed 05 Sep 2018 08:40 AM EDT
Good Luck Austen!
  • Posted Thu 06 Sep 2018 11:41 AM EDT
Best of luck Austen
  • Posted Fri 07 Sep 2018 01:35 PM EDT
Helpful information! I was not aware of some of the shortcuts you listed - I will have to implement them soon:)
  • Posted Fri 07 Sep 2018 01:41 PM EDT
Pick one at a time until they become second nature, then go pick another.  Easier than trying to learn them all at once.

Be aware that NXT does not allow keyboard shortcuts.  Not even the easy RE7 date entry (i.e. type "12" and get "9/12/2018"; RE fills in the current month and year for you) and does, unfortunately, require typing "/" in dates (i.e. you must type "9/7/2018" instead of "090718").
  • Posted Fri 07 Sep 2018 02:17 PM EDT
Austen Brown is truly AWESOME!  She ROCKS at Victory Junction!
  • Posted Fri 07 Sep 2018 05:31 PM EDT
F3 is one of my favorite shortcuts.  It fills in the current date.  Some of the ones you've listed are new to me.  Nice work.
  • Posted Wed 26 Sep 2018 09:46 AM EDT
I have been using ctrl L for a while,  I have not used F5 to refresh querries, but I will make that habit.  Thank you so much. :D
  • Posted Mon 15 Oct 2018 12:51 PM EDT
Such great pointers! (no pun intended)
  • Posted Wed 17 Oct 2018 06:56 AM EDT
So helpful!  Mahalo!
  • Posted Thu 15 Nov 2018 02:23 PM EST
I did not know these one.  TY
  • Posted Mon 17 Dec 2018 03:28 PM EST
These are great tips!  Thanks for putting this together!
  • Posted Mon 25 Mar 2019 03:56 PM EDT
In database RE F5 was timestamp. Now F5 in NXT is a refresh. Is there still a timestamp shortcut? I've tried holding down shift and control and alt with F5 and it still just refreshes. 
  • Posted Thu 04 Apr 2019 02:34 PM EDT