The “Windows” operating system of the American “Microsoft” company provides a set of useful shortcuts necessary to complete work in the fastest time.
There are more than 20 shortcuts on the keyboard, provided by the “Windows” operating system for the speedy completion of work, instead of using the “mouse”.
Main Windows shortcuts:
1- Undo (Ctrl + Z): Regardless of the program that you are running, Ctrl + Z will undo the last action that you performed, especially in Microsoft Word files, and it can be executed on a file you accidentally deleted.
2- Close (Ctrl + W): another shortcut that works almost everywhere. Ctrl + W will close everything you see. It can close the “browser” window or browser tab, or close an image file or word file without bothering to search for Close button.
3- Select all (Ctrl + A): This command allows you to highlight all text in a document or select all files in a folder, and pressing Ctrl + A can save you time to click and drag the mouse on files or lines.
4- Switching between applications (Alt + Tab): It is one of the classic shortcuts in the Windows operating system, and it can be very useful when running multiple applications.
Just press Alt + Tab, and you will be able to quickly navigate through all of your open windows.
5- Close apps (Alt + F4): Another old school shortcut, Alt + F4 closes the active apps so you can skip the search for on-screen menus.
And don’t worry about losing unsaved work with this command, it will prompt you to save your documents before closing them.
6- Show and Hide Desktop (Win + D): This keyboard combination minimizes all open windows, exposing your home screen to display.
And if you store rows and rows of files and shortcuts on your desktop, Win + D will give you access to them in moments.
7- Capture windows (Win + left arrow) or (Win + right arrow): Capture a window that simply opens to one side of the screen (left or right, depending on the arrow you press).
This allows you to compare two windows side by side, and keeps your workspace organized.
8- Open displayed tasks (Win + Tab): Like Alt + Tab, this shortcut allows you to switch between applications, but it does so by opening the updated Windows Application Switcher. The latest version shows thumbnails of all open programs on the screen.
9- Move back and forth through the options (Tab and Shift + Tab): When you open a dialog box, these commands move you forward (Tab) or backward (Shift + Tab) through the available options, which saves you a click. And if you are dealing with a dialog with multiple tabs, or a very busy browsing session, press Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Shift + Tab to cycle through it.
10- Open the Start menu (Ctrl + Esc): If you are using a keyboard that does not contain the “Windows” key, this shortcut will open the Start menu.
Otherwise, a quick click on the Windows key will do the same. From there, you can stay on the keyboard and navigate the Start menu with the Cursor, Tab, and Shift + Tab keys.
Advanced Windows Shortcuts
11- Rename (F2): Simply select a file and press F2 to give it a new name, and this command also allows you to modify the text in other programs – click F2 in Microsoft Excel, for example, and you will be able to modify the contents of the cell you are in .
12- Update (F5): While exploring the Function key row, take a look at F5.
This key will refresh the page – a good trick when using File Explorer or a web browser. After updating, you will see the most recent version of the page you are viewing.
13- Computer Shutdown (Win + L): Keep your computer safe from any prying eyes with this keyboard combination right before moving away.
And Win + L locks the device and returns you to the login screen, so any intrusions will need your user account password to regain access.
14- Open Settings (Win + I): Anytime you want to configure how Windows works, press this keyboard shortcut to bring up the settings dialog.
Instead, use Win + A to open the “Operations Center” panel, which displays notifications and provides quick access to specific settings.
15- Windows Search (Win + S): The Windows taskbar contains an easy-to-use search box that allows you to test “Cortana” or check in applications and saved files.
Jump directly to it with this keyboard shortcut, and then type in your search terms.
16- Screenshots (Win + PrtScn): No need to open a dedicated screenshot tool: Just hold Win + PrtScn the entire screen and save it as a PNG file in the Screenshots folder inside the Pictures folder.
At the same time, “Windows” will also copy the image to the clipboard. If you don’t want to capture the entire screen, Alt + PrtScn will only capture a screenshot of the active window, but it will only copy that image to the clipboard, so you won’t get a saved file.
17- Open the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc): The Task Manager is your window to everything running on your Windows system, from open programs to background processes. This shortcut will invoke the task manager, regardless of the application you are using.
18- Talking to Cortana (Win + C): This shortcut puts Cortana in listening mode, but you have to activate it before you can give it a role.
To do this, open Cortana from the taskbar search box, click the gear icon, and launch the keyboard shortcut.
Once the shortcut is enabled, press Win + C whenever you want to speak to the digital assistant. You can do this instead of, or in addition to, saying “Hey Cortana”.
19- Virtual Desktop (Win + Ctrl + D): Virtual desktops create secondary screens, where you can store some open applications and windows, giving you an additional workspace.
This shortcut lets you create one. Once done, click the “Task View” button to the right of the taskbar search box to switch from one desktop to another. Or stick to the shortcuts: Win + Ctrl + arrow will move through the open desktops, Win + Ctrl + F4 will close either of them you are currently viewing and turn your open windows and apps into the next available virtual desktop.
20- Open the hidden menu (Win + X): Windows has a hidden Start menu, called the Quick Link menu, which allows you to access all major areas of the system.
From here, you can go directly to the Device Manager to review and configure any device, such as printers or keyboards, that are currently connected to the system. Or, you can quickly display a PowerShell command prompt window to access advanced Windows commands.