Lawyers who have made the jump to a paperless practice think of PDFs as “digital paper.” The key to being super-efficient with PDFs is to learn some basic keyboard shortcuts for the common things you do with them.
I’ve created a one page cheat-sheet of the most common things I tend to do with PDFs when I’m working with them from day-to-day. Odds are most lawyers would benefit from memorizing these commands as well.
Here’s what I recomend you do:
- Right-click and download this 1 page cheat-sheet of Shortcuts
- Print it out and keep it on your desk so you can refer to it quickly, and often.
By referring to the cheat-sheet from time to time you’ll remind yourself of the key skills you’re trying to master. Most of these shortcuts work in Adobe Reader too.
There aren’t many times you’ll hear me recommend that you print something out, but this is a rare case where doing so will help you learn to use less paper. So, go ahead and print just this one piece of paper. You’ll be glad you did!
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