10 Win­dows short­cuts

Ian Paul’s Win­dows key­board short­cuts will take you be­yond the ba­sics and speed up your work­flow

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We’re big fans of key­board short­cuts. Me­moris­ing key com­bi­na­tions takes some work, but once you have, short­cuts make us­ing an op­er­at­ing sys­tem so much more ef­fi­cient.

Many peo­ple know the everyday key­board short­cuts, such as how to copy, cut and paste text with the key­board, how to close a win­dow and how to lock a com­puter.

That’s a solid start, but there are even more pow­er­ful short­cuts lurk­ing be­yond the ba­sics. Here are some of our favourite less com­monly used short­cuts. We’ve grouped th­ese by op­er­at­ing sys­tem to make it eas­ier for users of Win­dows 7, 8.1 and 10 to see what’s avail­able for their sys­tem.

Win­dows 7 and up

F2: Pre­pare se­lected file for re­nam­ing – no more care­ful click­ing.

Alt + En­ter: Se­lect a file and then use this short­cut to dis­play its prop­er­ties.

Win­dows Key + M: Min­imise all win­dows to the taskbar (Win­dows Key + Shift + M re­stores them).

Win­dows Key + Home: Min­imise ev­ery­thing but the ac­tive win­dow.

Win­dows Key + Pause: Dis­play the sys­tem prop­er­ties di­a­log box. Win­dows key + Shift + right or left ar­row: Move the ac­tive win­dow to the next mon­i­tor in the di­rec­tion in­di­cated.

Ctrl + Y:

Redo an ac­tion.

Win­dows 8.1 and up

Win­dows Key + comma key: Peek at the desk­top.

Win­dows 10 only

Win­dows key + Alt + D: Dis­play the time and calendar panel (equiv­a­lent of click­ing the time on the taskbar).

Win­dows key + Tab: Open Task View. Re­mem­ber this? It’s how you cre­ate vir­tual desk­tops in Win­dows 10. A handy fea­ture for peo­ple who like to mul­ti­task.

Many peo­ple know the everyday key­board short­cuts, such as how to copy, cut and paste text with the key­board… but there are even more pow­er­ful short­cuts lurk­ing be­yond the ba­sics

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