It is very useful for computer users to know about the shortcut keys provided by Windows. It can bring smartness to your digital behavior and also increase efficiency by saving time. Here’s a look at some of the 20 most important shortcut keys that make a mouse almost useless.
Ctrl + Z: Undo – This takes you back to the previous task on your computer. When you overwrite a single paragraph while writing in Microsoft Word or accidentally delete the contents of a file, it becomes the lifeblood of the shortcut.
Ctrl + W: Close – This shortcut key closes the windows you are looking at on your computer. Whether it’s File Explorer Windows or the browser tab and closing the image file, you don’t have to go to the close button after using this shortcut key.
Ctrl + A: Select all – This shortcut key helps to highlight all the text of a document or to encrypt all the files in a folder. Instead of selecting a text or file by clicking and dragging the mouse, this shortcut key does the job all at once.
Alt + Tab: Switch apps – This is a classic Windows shortcut and is very useful if you are running multiple applications simultaneously on Windows. All you have to do is press Alt + Tab and all the windows that you have opened on your computer will appear and you can easily move from one to the other.
Alt + F4: Close apps – This is an old Windows shortcut key that is very useful and makes your job much easier. It closes all active apps on the computer. Due to which you do not have to search for the onscreen menu of those apps one by one. Also, when closing a file from this command, should the related file be saved or not? You don’t even have to worry about closing the file without being saved.
Win + D: Show or hide the desktop – It shows the home screen by minimizing all the windows opened on the computer. If you have multiple files and shortcut files on your desktop, this shortcut key helps you find them instantly.
Win + left arrow or Win + right arrow: Snap windows – This makes it easier to work on a computer by comparing any two windows to the right or left of the screen. So this shortcut key seems to be very useful for those who study and research on computer or even for comparative study of files.
Win + Tab: Open the Task view – It also helps to switch apps like Alt + Tab and in doing so also opens the updated Windows Application Switcher. In the latest version, thumbnails of all programs opened on the computer appear on the screen.
Tab and Shift + Tab: Move backward and forward through options – These shortcut keys help you move forward or backward in the available options when you open the dialog box. If you have a dialog box with many tabs, use Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Shift + Tab to navigate through it.
Ctrl + Esc: Open the Start menu – If you are using a keyboard without Windows key, this shortcut key will help you to open the Start menu. If there is a Windows key on the keyboard, then press on it.
F2: Rename – Select the file and press F2 and you can rename the file. This command also helps you edit text in other files. Like opening a Microsoft Excel file and pressing F2, then you can edit the contents of any section there.
F5: Refresh – This key helps to refresh the page. Refresh keys are very useful when you are using File Explorer or Web Browser.
Win + L: Lock your computer – If you have to leave your desktop computer open and go somewhere for a while, it is very useful to protect your computer from any wrong eye. This key locks the computer and shows the login screen. To open the computer, you have to enter the password of the user account again.
Win + I: Open Settings – Open the Settings dialog if you want to configure your Windows you can use this shortcut key directly for
Win + S: Search Windows – You can use this shortcut key to find what you want by going directly to the Windows search box.
Win + PrtScn: Save a screenshot – When you press a shortcut to take a screenshot of your computer, the screen image is saved as a PNG file in the screenshot folder inside the computer’s Picture Folder. Windows also copies the image to the clipboard.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open the Task Manager – Task Manager is a window that manages everything from open programs on the Windows system to background processes. This shortcut key opens the task manager and from there you can go to the application you want.
Win + C: Start talking to Cortana- This modern shortcut key puts Cortana in listening mode. To do this, you must first open Cortana from the taskbar’s search box and click on the ion icon to open the keyboard shortcut option. After doing so, you can talk to Digital Assistant Cortana by pressing the keyboard shortcut above.
Win + Ctrl + D: Add a new virtual desktop – Virtual desktop is the second screen on the computer, where you can take some of your applications and Windows and do more work. This shortcut key helps to open the virtual desktop. When you open a new virtual desktop, you can move from one desktop to a new desktop by clicking the Task View button in the search box of the taskbar. You can also access the virtual desktop using the Win + Ctrl + arrow shortcut key.
Win + X: Open the hidden menu – Windows has a hidden Start menu called the Quick Link menu. From this you can go directly to Device Manager and manage any hardware connected to the computer like printer, keyboard.