Quick Windows shortcuts for keyboard warriors

Keyboard - Windows keyboard short-cutsI don’t know about you, but I’m quite a fan of keyboard short-cuts – Ctrl-c, Ctrl-v and Ctrl-x are probably the most well known and most used – making it easy to Copy, Paste and Cut text without lifting your fingers from the keyboard and there’s the reason why some people are fans – speed.

Keyboard shortcuts mean that your fingers never leave the keyboard – saving that transition to the mouse for the essential Copy & Paste commands. Of course, there are many more – just Google “keyboard shortcuts” 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 doesn’t really help – I still have to look at my cheat-sheet to remember some of them but I’m sure that they’ll be embedded in my memory soon.

  1. Command: Win key + Shift + Right/Left Arrow Key
    What it does: Moves active window to a second monitor, but keeps the window at the same size — i.e. if you have your web browser maximised on one screen, and want to move it to be maximised on the other, this’ll do it. For multiple monitor users it will be a boon.
  2. Command: Alt + Up arrow
    What it does: Moves up one folder level in Explorer.
  3. Command: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
    What it does: Jumps straight to the Task Manager without having to go through the Ctrl + Alt + Delete screen.
  1. Command: Win key + L
    What it does: 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.
  2. Command: Win key + T
    What it does: Cycles through programs on the taskbar, just like hovering your mouse over them. Enter or space will launch a new program.
  3. Command: Alt + Print Screen
    What it does: Print-screens only the selected window. Hugely helpful if you’re running a multiple-monitor setup.
  4. Command: Hold down Shift when inserting a USB drive/SD card/CD
    What it does: Stops AutoRun.
  5. Command: Alt + D
    What it does: Selects the address bar, either in your browser of choice, or even Windows Explorer.
  6. Command: Win key + F
    What it does: Opens the Windows Search box when you are looking for that file you created but can’t remembered where you saved it.
  7. Command: Ctrl + Tab
    What it does:Changes between multiple windows in the same program – Switch  between browser tabs, or multiple Word documents etc.

And if you would like a copy to pin on your office wall – just download Keyboard Shortcuts here