I donâ€™t know about you, but Iâ€™m quite a fan of keyboard short-cuts â€“ Ctrl-c, Ctrl-v and Ctrl-x are probably the most well known and most used â€“ making it easy to Copy, Paste and Cut text without lifting your fingers from the keyboard and thereâ€™s the reason why some people are fans â€“ speed.
Keyboard shortcuts mean that your fingers never leave the keyboard â€“ saving that transition to the mouse for the essential Copy & Paste commands. Of course, there are many more â€“ just Google â€œkeyboard shortcutsâ€ for complete lists of them.
However, I stumbled across the following 10 very recently and have found many of them immediately useful. Of course, an aging memory doesnâ€™t really help â€“ I still have to look at my cheat-sheet to remember some of them but Iâ€™m sure that theyâ€™ll be embedded in my memory soon.
- Command: Win key + Shift + Right/Left Arrow Key
What it does:Â Moves active window to a second monitor, but keeps the window at the same size â€” i.e. if you have your web browser maximised on one screen, and want to move it to be maximised on the other, thisâ€™ll do it. For multiple monitor users it will be a boon.
- Command: Alt + Up arrow
What it does:Â Moves up one folder level in Explorer.
- Command: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
What it does:Â Jumps straight to the Task Manager without having to go through the Ctrl + Alt + Delete screen.
- Command: Win key + L
What it does:Â Locks your computer. Very useful if you work in an office full of pranksters looking to mess with your PC when you sneak off for a coffee.
- Command: Win key + T
What it does:Â Cycles through programs on the taskbar, just like hovering your mouse over them. Enter or space will launch a new program.
- Command: Alt + Print Screen
What it does:Â Print-screens only the selected window. Hugely helpful if youâ€™re running a multiple-monitor setup.
- Command: Hold down Shift when inserting a USB drive/SD card/CD
What it does:Â Stops AutoRun.
- Command: Alt + D
What it does:Â Selects the address bar, either in your browser of choice, or even Windows Explorer.
- Command: Win key + F
What it does:Â Opens the Windows Search box when you are looking for that file you created but canâ€™t remembered where you saved it.
- Command: Ctrl + Tab
What it does:Changes between multiple windows in the same program â€“ Switch Â between browser tabs, or multiple Word documents etc.
And if you would like a copy to pin on your office wall â€“ just downloadÂ Keyboard ShortcutsÂ here