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It is a known fact that if you want to commit something to memory, continuous revision is the key. You read something every time you are at your desk and within days it becomes second nature.

To be able to revise quickly and often, it helps if the information is terse and to the point highlighting only the important aspects. Something like an application cheat sheet or a poster that you can print and pin to a board or keep on your desk.

Here are some application cheat sheets for commonly used software that will hopefully make you more productive.

Microsoft Office

Need to get that report typed and formatted quickly? Can’t find your way around the ribbon interface? Check these out:

Explains the ribbon interface, smart shapes, which format to choose and how to do things like adding a digital signature, protecting the document and other little tips. (Download)

Excel 2007 (Download) Word 2007 (Download)
PowerPoint 2007 (Download) Outlook 2007 (Download)

If you are interested in other Office applications or different version of Microsoft Office, Customguide is a great resource.



Browsers are among most commonly used software these days. You may be using Firefox or Chrome or Opera or even Internet Explorer, the bottomline is you need to get online and browsers help you in doing so. It is always nice to know your browser inside out and have some tricks up your sleeves, here are some cheat sheets that should get you started:

Google Chrome

Contains keyboard shortcuts, command line switches and the about:urls (Go there) (PDF)


Contains keyboard shortcuts, highlights important directories related to Firefox, and presents a trick or two. It has not been updated for a long time but the information still stands good for Firefox 3.5 (Go there) ( PDF )


This is a huge 18 x 18 in poster that presents you – “The Anatomy of a Linux System”. It has a plethora of information about Linux, top Linux magazines, top Linux sites. In addition, it lists the popular software on Linux systems along with the sites and useful books (it’s from O’Reilly after all) on each of them. (More) (Download)
Lists commonly used commands, switches and what they do. Good for beginners. (Download)
Looking for something a little more advanced? Linux Administrator’s Quick Reference card has you covered with the important files and commands you need to know for system administration. (Download) Credit: Jialong He


One of my personal favorites, I actually learned Vim way back using this. It is a complete tutorial and apart from the all inclusive version, there are ones for individual chapters. You can download the SVG versions and scale them to make a wallpaper if you like! (Download)


Concisely lists all the common Photoshop shortcuts you should know to make your work easier and faster. (Download for CS4) (Other Photoshop Versions)


Twitter finds its way into everything these days, how could we not have a reference sheet for Twitter?

Packed with all kinds of information about Twitter including important pages, desktop clients, widgets and apps, a definition of various Twitter buzzwords and ethics! (Download)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

It has tons of information on what to include in tags, redirects, sitemap syntax, robots.txt syntax and much more. Presents lots of useful information in a tiny little booklet. A must for anyone working with SEO. (Download)

Looking for more?

I bet you are. Didn’t find the one you were looking for? Well there were too many of them to fit in one post. If you are looking for a specific application cheat sheet fire up the request in the comments section, someone might drop you a link. There are two great resources for posters and cheat sheets here and here. If you ever created one for yourself we would love to see them too!

Plus, don’t forget that MakeUseOf have our very own cheat sheets. Click here 10 Essential Cheat Sheets To Download 10 Essential Cheat Sheets To Download Read More to check them out and if you like them, download them for free!

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  1. Kabudu
    December 7, 2009 at 10:19 am

    i love this cheat, i will alway keep it on my desk for daily uses.

  2. isaacson
    September 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    you guys are the best. this is the best site in the entire world, bar none.

  3. Ranjith
    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    very useful cheats...thx

  4. jg
    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

    This is fantastic! Thanks.

  5. Judy
    September 16, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I would like a chart of shortcut keys useful for Word 2007 and Excel 2007, running under vista

  6. Cheri
    September 16, 2009 at 4:58 am

    THANK YOU! Great/useful/pretty

  7. ken
    September 15, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Look at 2 or 3 of these and they're all for Windows. Yuck.

  8. venkat
    September 15, 2009 at 6:57 am

    very useful stuff.

  9. Micha
    September 15, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Hi guys! Nice sheets, thank you! Do you know of any project that converts/translates those sheets into different languages? I was searching for german one especially but couldn't find any so far.
    If you come along some of those, post it here as well, will ya? :) Thanks!

  10. sefcug
    September 14, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Great post!

    Have retweeted, and posted about it.

    MUO is one of the first feeds I check out each day, as well as following on Twitter.

    • Admiral
      September 15, 2009 at 1:08 am

      Thanks for the kind words guys!

  11. Tyson
    September 14, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Fantastic post. Thanks!