Windows Shortcuts, the key to productivity.
Knowing just a few shortcut keys alone can make you seem like an advanced computer user. I guess in theory you will be more advanced than others, save yourself a lot of time and get in the mindset of learning Windows and how to navigate around it without a mouse.
Minimize All Windows
Windows + D will automatically show your desktop. So it minimizes all open windows. To bring them all back just use the shortcut again. This is a constant one for me, but not as much as the next. Oh I should note that Windows Key + M does the same thing, minimize all windows. I prefer D for desktop though. Is there a difference? Comment below.
Open Explorer Shortcut
Windows + E will pop up an instance of Windows Explorer. From there all of your Favorites shortcuts should be on the left.
Find That Pesky Word
Ctrl + F for Find. Where would we be without Find? Lost! Seriously, have you ever Googled somehting, ended up on the page only to not be able to find the text that showed up in the search results?
Try it, Ctrl + F R 2 D 2(no spaces)
Windows + R will pop up the run box. Which I use for everything. Run Winword is a lot easier than navigating the Start Menu and Programs for Microsoft Word if you ask me. I’ll race ya! With newer versions of Windows out there you no longer even need to “Run” a program. Just hit the Windows Key alone, type CMD, Winword, Calc, etc. No run box needed. Windows Key, Calc, Enter, Alt + F4, hello again!
Kill That Application
Alt + F4 as you learned with our buddy Calc up there, this keyboard combination is the good ole fashion app killer. You can exit out of pretty much any program this way.
Lock Your Computer
Windows + L will Lock your screen instantly. Always lock your computer before walking away.
Alt + F Pretty much all Windows programs have Alt menus, alternatives. Say here in your browser, up top you see the File menu has an underlined F. So Alt + F will trigger that menu, from there the underlined letters such as E in Email will trigger that command. Try Alt + F followed by the letter E and share this knowledge. Thanks 🙂
Switch Between Programs
Alt + Tab will cycle between open Windows applications. It’s really handy and you can cycle backwards by pressing Alt + Shit + Tab
Task Manager Shortcut
Ctrl + Shift + ESC Of course everyone knows Ctrl ALT Delete and they use it to get to the task manager, but very few know the keyboard shortcut Ctrl Shift Esc, a newer direct route short cut saving you time!
Move That Window Aside
Windows + Arrow I’ll admit, this one is still new to me and I am trying to get used to it. You can use the Window Key + any directional Arrow key to do something or other. Windows + Left Arrow will stick this window to the left, Right to the right, down minimized, up maximized, etc.
Easily Switch Browser Tabs
Ctrl + Page Up/Page Down will hop to and from browser tabs. Never use the mouse again to navigate the iner depths of FireFox or Chrome(go vote).