Amazing keyboard shortcuts you should be using

Do you sometimes feel that you could perform some basic computer related tasks a little quicker?

Here are so tricks to teach yourself while you have some spare time that will help you navigate the computer landscape a little more efficiently. I have included the short cut keys for both Windows and Mac

Create a virtual desktop

Press the Windows key + Ctrl + D or Control + Up if you use a Mac. It’ll switch to a new fresh desktop

Switch between virtual desktops

Push the Windows key + Ctrl or the Control key on a Mac. Now you can switch between all the virtual desktops you’ve made by using the left and right arrow keys

Return to the desktop from apps

If you have too many apps open and you need to use another one hidden behind all those windows on your desktop, you can minimize all of them at once by pushing the Windows key + M

Open an app from the taskbar

If you want much faster access to your most used apps, consider keeping them on your taskbar. It’ll speed up your workflow even more if you use the following combination: the Windows key + a number key from 1 to 9

Split-screen between two apps

Open one app that you need for your work and press the Windows key + left arrow. Then, open another app and click the Windows key + right arrow. Now, two windows are sharing your screen!

Switch apps

Pressing Ctrl + Alt + Tab will show you all the apps currently running on your PC

Program management and troubleshooting

To avoid restarting your device and losing all your progress, try using the following combo: Ctrl + Shift + Esc or Command + Option + Escape if you’re working on a Mac

Open File Explorer

Pressing the Windows key + E opens the file manager window on your PC. For Mac users, this is your Finder app

Use the Magnifier

The Windows key combined with the + or - key will open the magnifier app, which allows you to zoom in and out wherever you point your cursor

Take screenshots

Use the Windows key + Print Screen to take a screenshot and immediately save it in the Image folder on your hard drive

Use Action Center

To open Bluetooth, simultaneously press the Windows key + A. For Mac users, your Notification Center is always a click away in the top right-hand corner

Access the Settings

If you need more tweaking or access to more advanced parameters of your PC, you can have it all! Use the Windows key + I to do just that

Lock down your PC

If you suddenly need to step away from the computer but you don’t want anyone meddling in your stuff, you can quickly lock your user profile. Simply push the Windows key + L or Shift + Command + Q on a Mac

Author :   Dean Kennedy   (Original publication)
Updated :     (Published :   2020-05-07)