Shortcuts save time and improves efficiency!
People around the world work on Desktops, Laptops, Smartphones, Tablets, etc. and use numerous tricks to save time and get over with their work quickly. So when you work on your PC, there are countless and simple tricks that you can use to make work quicker.
Today we will show you the 10 most amazing and useful shortcuts for Windows, that you probably aren’t even aware of.
NOTE: All of these shortcuts are global, so they will work on all the latest versions of Windows including Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 12, 13 and 16.
10 useful Windows shortcuts
Clear desktop screen
There are numerous instances when you are working on your PC or laptop and have got many windows open for working and switching though them. At times you need to remove them all immediately and want a clear desktop screen.
So you can do this in one go, without having to exit every single window one by one.
Just press the “Windows” key + “D” and you’ll have a clear desktop screen in front of you.
Reopen a closed tab
Some times you use the browser and open up 20-30 tabs at once to keep switching and working through various things.
Suddenly you need to look for an important tab you had opened. You start closing every single tab one by one and later realize that you closed the tab you need.
Just press “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “T“. It will start reopening all of your previously closed tabs one by one, so you can find exactly what you need.
This trick works on any browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, iExplorer, Opera, etc.
Side by side windows
At times when you need to keep two windows together for some kind of comparison regarding your work or other stuff, you usually make both the windows shorter and then click on each window alternately to compare and work it out.
This gets irritating and messy at times.
So to simplify this task, there’s a trick where you can have two windows side by side on your PC or laptop screen.
Open up one window and press “Windows” key + “Left arrow” key.
Similarly, open up the second window and press “Windows” key + “Right arrow” key.
Now you will have two snap windows side by side to work on.
Paste plain text
Some times when you are typing an Email and need to copy-paste some data from another source into it, the text gets completely formatted after pasting into the Email. The font, color, text size, etc. is different from the text format of the Email.
So to fix this problem, instead of hitting “Ctrl” + “V” to paste the text, hit “Ctrl” + “Shift” + “V“.
This will add a completely non-formatted text into your Email, having exactly the same text format of the Email.
Taking a screenshot on Windows used to be a big issue. People had to use “Snaptool” or hit “Print Screen” and use it in “Paint” to export it out as an image.
Here’s a simple way to get the job done!
Just open up the window you need to take a screenshot off. Then press “Alt” + “Print screen“.
The system will take the screenshot and it will be automatically saved as an image in the “Images” folder by default.
NOTE: The same thing can be done for the ENTIRE SCREEN. Just press the “Windows” key + “Print screen“.
There are times when you are doing some really important work and someone walks in all of a sudden, but don’t want to shut down the PC.
Now wasting time in cursing your mouse through the “Start” menu to log out is not an option that time.
So for a quick lockdown, just press the “Windows” key + “L“.
Your account gets locked, opening up the lock screen instantly.
Quick file copy
Now, let’s get into some mouse based shortcuts!
If you need to make a copy of some file, then no need to “Right” click and copy-paste it.
Just hold the “Ctrl” key and drag the file anywhere. It will instantly make a duplicate, when you release the mouse button.
Delete words quicker
Whenever there is some typing work to be done, errors are bound to happen. Deleting the mistakes by holding down the “Backspace” key takes some time as it deletes alphabet by alphabet.
So, to make it faster, just press “Ctrl” + “Backspace“. This will delete entire words in one go instead of just deleting alphabets.
For people who have issues with eyesight and have problems reading small sized texts on the screen, here’s an easy way to tack that.
Press the “Windows” key and “+” or “-” to zoom in or zoom out of the screen according to your convenience.
This works on any app running on the desktop.
When you have too many windows open on your desktop screen and need to access “My computer” and other “Drives” but it’s nowhere in sight due to the messed up screen, just press the “Windows” key + “E“.
This will open up “My computer” right then and give you instant access to all the “Drives”.