…For your Windows PC
With modern user interfaces and operating systems making it easier and easier to do things faster some might say that keyboard shortcuts will soon become a thing of the past; but until I can have a full blown conversation with my computer and have it correctly auto-detect what I want it to do by analysing the sentence coming out of my mouth, I think I’ll stick with these useful key combos.
The classic: CTRL + ALT + DELETE
This is a shortcut to a Windows feature that will in 99% of computer crash out cases force itself to the front and allow you to do a couple of things, you can lock your machine, switch users or sign out, change your password, open the ease of access centre, shutdown, reboot or hibernate your PC, but most importantly I feel is you can open task manager. This allows you to manage and dispel troublesome programs or just to see what’s clogging up your PC.
Abolish the right click: CTRL + C, CTRL + V and CTRL + X
This is a quick and easy one. Select some text or an image CTRL + C will copy this to your invisible PC clipboard then click CTRL + V in a word doc or similar to paste the image. Once you’re a little way down your imaginary word document and you feel like moving something from one place to another, select the content, CTRL + X will cut the text, removing it but copying it too, then click CTRL + V in your new location and bam! It’s moved without ever having to search that right click menu for a paste option.
Windows Key Wonderfulness:
Windows Key + Left / Right Arrow, this snaps whichever window you have open to either side of the screen!
Windows Key + Up / Down Arrow, Up maximises the window, down minimises it.
Windows Key + L, Locks your PC and requires a password (if you’ve got one set up) to get back in
Windows Key + M, Minimise ALL windows!
Now here’s a few long standing and critically acclaimed shortcuts:
CTRL + A, This will select EVERYTHING on a page (use with caution on the web before you CTRL + V)
ALT + F4, This is another classic that will force close any open desktop programs.
SHIFT + DELETE, Permanently deletes an item and skips the recycling bin entirely (caution!)
And for the world’s most popular browser, Chrome:
CTRL + D, Bookmark a webpage
CTRL + N, Opens a new window
CTRL + T, Opens a new Tab
CTRL + SHIFT + T (a personal favourite) Reopens the last tab that you closed, keep clicking it to open them all! Amazeballs!
CTRL + H, Opens the history page
CTRL + D, Opens the downloads page
CTRL + ESC, Opens Chromes personal task manager
CTRL + Q, Quits!
I hope the above will give you just a few different ways to speed up your work or personal day in whatever way suits you best!
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