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