Useful Windows Shortcuts – Tips

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Understanding your computer's operating system is essential to improving productivity in the fast-paced digital era. Windows, one of the most popular operating systems in the world, offers a vast number of features that enhance the user experience. Among these features, keyboard shortcuts are particularly useful tools that can greatly increase your productivity. In this article, we will explore the most important Windows shortcuts that will help you navigate around your computer quickly and easily. Let us see them one by one.

Windows key Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows keyOpens or closes the Start menu.
Windows key + Comma (,)Provides a peek at the desktop while holding the shortcut. Releases when the key is released.
Windows key + DShows and hides the desktop. You can restore the previous view by pressing the shortcut again.
Windows key + IOpens the settings.
Windows key + LLocks the screen.
Windows key + TabOpens Task View.
Windows key + Arrow Left or Arrow RightMoves the current window to the left or right side of the screen.
Windows key + Shift + SOpens the Snip & Sketch tool for taking screenshots.
Windows key + GOpens the Xbox Game Bar for screen recording.
Windows key + EOpens File Explorer.
Windows key + Ctrl + DCreates a new virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + Arrow Left or Arrow RightSwitches between virtual desktops.
Windows key + Period (.)Opens the Emoji picker, allowing you to add emojis or GIFs to your text.
Windows key + VOpens the clipboard history, allowing access to previously copied items. Supports pinning frequently used items.
Windows key + Ctrl + MOpens Magnifier settings.
Windows key + Plus (+)Turns Magnifier on.
Windows key + EscTurns Magnifier off.
Windows key + MMinimizes all opened windows.
Windows key + Shift + MRestores all minimized windows.
Windows key + Ctrl + OTurns on the On-Screen keyboard.
Windows key + Print Screen (Prt Sc)Takes a screenshot of the screen.
Windows key Keyboard Shortcuts

Other Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + KOpens the search box in the web browser without using the mouse.
Ctrl + Alt + mouse scroll wheelZooms in and out using the mouse scroll wheel.
Alt + TabToggles between opened applications.
Ctrl + Shift + TReopens closed tabs in web browsers in the order they were closed.
Alt + F4Closes or exits the active window or application.
Alt + EnterOpen the properties dialog box of the selected item.
Ctrl + TOpen a new tab and switch to it. 
Ctrl + WCloses the active tab.
Ctrl + TabMoves forward through tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + TabMoves to the previous tab. 
Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpens an app or quickly opens another instance of an app.
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator.
Other Keyboard Shortcuts

I hope you all get to know the most important Windows shortcut keys. I shall meet you all soon with more exciting content.

Kathurshana Sivalingam

Author of Get Basic Idea / Undergraduate at University of Moratuwa.

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