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Top Windows Shortcuts that You Must Know

Updated on January 11, 2021 | by admin

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Many people do not try and memorize the keyboard shortcuts because they depend a lot on their mouse. However, there are certain keyboard shortcuts, which can help you save some time and effort. These shortcuts come in handy, especially when you have to do some repetitive tasks.

Here, in this article, we will discuss some keyboard shortcuts that can help you stay productive. 

For navigating Windows

There are too many tasks, which require you to move your mouse around. A lot of these tasks can be carried out by the use of the hotkeys.

Here, we will help you save some time and mouse clicks by employing the tricks discussed below. 

For accessing the desktop ( D+ ⊞ )

If you want to access the desktop, you do not have to minimize all your opened windows. You can do it simply by pressing the D key on your keyboard together with the Windows key (⊞). Once you are redirected to the desktop, you can return to the applications you were using by reversing your action and pressing these keys together. 

To peek at the desktop ( , + ⊞ )

If you want to access your desktop quickly, you can press onto the Windows and comma key together. As you release the keys, it will redirect your applications and windows to where they were before pressing on this combination.

To open file explorer ( ⊞ + E )

This keyboard shortcut can be incredibly helpful for people who do not have the File Explorer pinned at the taskbar. “Using the File Explorer keyboard shortcut has helped me save a lot of time,” comments Nathan, an educator who offers online assignment help services. 

To minimize your current window ( ↓ + ⊞ )

If you have to minimize the current window you are using, you will have to press on the combination of ⊞ and ↓ together. It will help you hide the current application or your window screen in the taskbar. If you want to bring the same back, you will have to hit the ⊞ and ↑ arrow keys together.  

To minimize all your open windows ( ⊞ + M )

If you are tired of seeing all your open applications and windows, you can simply press on the ⊞ + M keys, and it will minimize all your open applications immediately. After using the shortcut, you will have to click on the windows and applications manually to bring them up one by one.

To lock your computer ( ⊞ + L )

Using this combination will take you back to the sign-in screen. Anytime I leave my desk in the office, I lock my computer with the windows and L shortcut for safety reasons, shares Joanna, who works with TopAssignmentExperts. Yes, this does help keep your files secure, as for anyone to reassess your computer, they will have to know your password. Once the password is entered, it will direct you to where you left before locking your computer.

For opening search bar ( ⊞ + S ) 

To open your search bar, you can press the above combination together, and then you can type in what you need to search, be it your email, settings, apps, documents, or anything else. 

To scroll through the taskbar ( ⊞ + T )

If you want to see all the opened windows and applications together, you can press the ⊞ + T combination together. Once you can see all your open applications, you can press on the arrow keys and navigate or open the program that you want to use from there. As soon as the white box comes around the program or application you want to use, hit enter.

To open an application on the taskbar ( ⊞ + number )

When you have multiple applications or documents opened in the taskbar, and you want to open a particular one, you need to use this combination. For instance, if you have Opera as the second item on the taskbar, you can press the ⊞ + 2 key to access it. 

To switch between different applications ( Alt + Tab )

When I have more than a few programs running simultaneously and have to switch between them, I use the Alt and Tab combination, as it is super convenient, comments Daniel, an associate offering java homework help for students. Pressing this combination will open your Task Switcher window.

In the Task Switcher window, you can navigate between the different applications by using the tab button. If you want to close any app, you can press on the red X visible on the upper-right of every application. 

To open the contextual menu ( Shift + F10)

It is a combination that will open the contextual menu and can be used as a replacement to the right-click on your mouse. Pressing this will give you a bunch of options depending on the open program. Some of the options you will see are Size, Move, Restore, Minimize, Close, and Maximize a window. Some options will be grayed, depending on the program you are using. 

To force quit a program ( Alt + F4)

If any application is not responding, you can press this combination to quit it immediately. 

To close the window without exiting the running application ( Ctrl + F4 )

When you do not want to quit an application but close a window, you can use this combination. Alternatively, Control + W will also perform the same task, but it can be used only in Chrome.

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