How to spot an 'old' Windows user: Copy and Paste keys

There are sort of two kinds of Microsoft Windows users: the old original users that go back to Windows 286 (yep, that is what Windows 1.0 was actually called—because it ran on the Intel 80286 processor) in the mid-80s, and then there are those that came into Windows around the era of Windows 95 (circa 1995).

As one of the former I can generally pick a Windows user that discovered the Windows operating system very early on.

One of the give-away tells is the key combinations people use to work the Windows Cut, Copy and Paste functions.

Us original Windows users use the original, and the then only, key combinations that existed for performing these functions. These were Ctrl+Insert to copy, Shift+Insert to past, and cut-copy was Shift+Del.

These key combinations for cut, copy, and paste were in use long before Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V came into existence for Cut, Copy, and Paste.

In my next post on "How to spot and 'old' Windows user" I will tell you why Microsoft used the above key combinations for Cut, Copy, and Paste. There was a very good reason for this.