Like every operating system has its own shortcut keys, the Windows is not any exception. It has its own bunch of shortcut keys to make your movements into the Windows more easier. The keyboard shortcuts for Windows abolish the need of dull mouse activities. If you’re well known about the keyboard shortcuts, you can actually lift your productivity to a new height. The most of the Windows users do not dare to know about them or ignore them for their little usability or awkward position in the keyboard. Here are some keyboard shortcuts for Windows worth remembering.
List of Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows
1. Win + E
Windows Explorer is the most used Windows application in any Windows computer. It is needed whenever you want to locate any file or folder from your hard disk. The Windows Explorer can be accessed from the start menu, taskbar or desktop. If you double-click on any folder, it opens with the Windows Explorer.
The common way to open Windows Explorer is double-clicking the “My Computer” icon from the desktop. But the easiest way to open Windows Explorer is using the keyboard shortcut. Simply, press
Win + E from your keyboard and the Windows Explorer opens.
2. Ctrl + Y
One of the most used Keyboard shortcut in Windows is
Ctrl + Z. Almost every user knows about this shortcut as it is used to undo any changes made when editing any document, text or image etc. But how much people do know about the shortcut
Ctrl + Y? Probably not more! This keyboard shortcut is used to redo the task that is just undone. Some time, the consecutive application of this shortcut key reverts you back to the undone steps serially. This shortcut key may appear as life saver at various times – so it worth remembering.
3. Shift + Ctrl + N
Most of the users create new folder in Windows Explorer from the right-click context menu (
Right-Click menu > New > Folder). A few number of users uses the “New Folder” item from the Windows explorer menu bar. But very few number of users in Windows does know about the shortcut way to create new folders in any location of Windows Explorer. It is
Shift + Ctrl + N. Press this keyboard shortcut and a new folder will be created, waiting for renaming it.
4. Win + Pause/Break
There are various ways to learn about system details of a Windows computer. You can easily open it from the control panel or you can know about system information from command prompt. To know the command prompt tricks refer to this post. If you’re in Windows 8, opening the system details window is even easier. Just pres
Win + X and select “System”.
But what I found as the easiest way to open the system details box in Windows is the keyboard shortcut
Win + Pause/Break. Just use this and the system details window will popup immediately.
5. Alt + Tab
Alt + Tab shortcut key quickly helps you switch between the running programs in Windows. Pressing the key combination from your keyboard simultaneously takes you into the programs one-by-one. Just release the key when you want to enter into your preferred program.
6. Win + Tab
Win + Tab shortcut key works as same as the
Alt + Tab shortcut key but it adds more flavor to it. It switches between the running program with an amazing animation.
Win + Tab – Animated Switch Between Running Programs
7. Win + Arrow Keys
There are many times when you need to switch back and forth between many applications. Why not you snap your running programs side-by-side into your desktop(large desktops are good for this)? Even you some time need to minimize some of the running programs. It is very painful job to move your hand towards mouse and keyboard too frequently. The
Win + Arrow shortcut key can do it all easier for you and you don’t need to touch your mouse.
Win + Left Arrow: This keyboard shortcut moves and then places the active program window to the left-half of the desktop screen.
Win + Right Arrow: This keyboard shortcut moves and then places the active program window to the right-half of the desktop screen.
Win + Up Arrow: This shortcut maximizes any snapped window.
Win + Down Arrow: This restores down any maximized window.
8. Alt + Print Screen
You might be aware of
Print Screen button. It silently takes the snapshot of the entire desktop and copies the snapshot at the clipboard. You can then paste it into Paint and save the snapshot as image. The same thing is done by
Alt + Print Screen but more specifically. It only takes the snapshot of the the active window.
There are many other keyboard shortcuts for Windows which we often ignore or forget (learn more about Windows shortcuts). But the above 10 combinations worth remembering for better productivity.
Not only the Windows but also the Gmail as its own keyboard shortcuts. If you want to be productive with your emails, learn about the keyboard shortcuts for Gmail.
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