The 40 Most Useful Windows Shortcuts!
To this day, Windows remains the most widely used operating system worldwide, even with the growing success of Linux and Mac. Of course, this does not mean that everyone dominates the system perfectly or knows all its details. There are still a lot of people who don't even know Windows shortcuts in depth, something that certainly ends up helping with daily system use. That's exactly why we created a well-crafted list of key shortcuts you should really know about. Check it out below!
1. Windows key
To open the famous Start menu on your Windows, simply press the Windows key on your keyboard. If you do not know, this key is the one that has the known system logo, with the four windows grouped.
2. Windows + D
To get right to your desktop, you can simply press the Windows and D keys at the same time with shortcut.
3. Windows + M
By pressing the Windows and M keys, you can minimize all active windows at once. Very practical to go straight to the desktop.
4. Windows + R
If you press the Windows and R keys at the same time, you will open the "Run" window automatically. With it, you can access different system directories, such as Command Prompt and Windows logs.
5. Windows + E
To open a Windows Explorer folder quickly, simply press the Windows and E keys at the same time.
Windows + Pause Break
Pressing the Windows and Pause Break keys on your computer will open the "System Properties" window automatically.
6. Windows + F
If you need to do some searching between your files and folders on the system, you can use the shortcut of the Windows and F keys to open a search field.
7. Windows + U
You can also use a very simple shortcut to open the "Utility Manager" from your computer. Just press the Windows and U keys at the same time.
8. Windows + L
To block access to your user or even to switch users on the PC, you can press the Windows and L keys at the same time. It turns out to be much faster than going to the Start menu to look for this option whenever you need it.
9. Ctrl + Esc
Another shortcut that also serves to open the Start menu is Ctrl and Esc. It may be useful on keyboards that do not have the Windows key, for example.
10. Ctrl + Alt + Del
This is certainly one of the best known shortcuts in Windows, because it helps in problematic system situations. Pressing Ctrl, Alt, and Del will open Task Manager, which lets you see which programs are open, your PC's memory usage, and the closing of any crashed apps.
11. Ctrl + Shift + Esc
By pressing the Ctrl, Shift and Esc keys at the same time, you can also open Task Manager. The difference is that this shortcut allows you to open the manager directly instead of opening the Windows security screen first.
12. Alt + Tab
The Alt and Tab shortcut allows you to switch between the different windows open on your PC. In this case, the shortcut will always go to the next window.
13. Shift + Alt + Tab
If you press the Shift, Alt, and Tab keys at the same time, you can also switch between open windows. The big difference is that you will open the previous windows, unlike the shortcut above.
14. Alt + Esc
If you use the shortcut Alt and Esc, you will switch directly to the previous window on the taskbar.
15. Ctrl + Tab
The shortcut Ctrl and Tab serves to switch different tabs of the same program, such as a web browser with multiple pages open.
16. Alt + F4
This famous shortcut serves to close the active window on your computer. If you don't have any windows currently open, then this shortcut will open the option to turn off your PC.
Pressing the F10 key will open the menu of the program you are currently using.
18. Shift + F10
If you have a problem with your mouse or trackpad, you can use the Shift and F10 key shortcut to act as the right mouse button.
19. Print Screen
The Print Screen key (also appears as “Prt Sc” on some keyboards) is for capturing the active screen the moment you press it. You can paste the image into any image editing program.
20. Alt + Print Screen
If you press Alt and Print Screen, you can capture only the active window instead of the full screen. It can be very useful when you don't want a print with the taskbar showing up, for example.
You can use the F3 key to perform file searches on an open folder.
The F5 key is for updating the current window, either a folder or an app (like a web page in your browser).
The F6 key shortcut is for selecting text that is in the address bar of Windows Explorer or your web browser.
F11 can be even more useful. This shortcut serves to make the current window full screen, and if you press it again, the window will return to normal.
25. Ctrl + H
If you are using your web browser, you can press the Ctrl and H keys to open your browsing history automatically.
26. Ctrl + I
Another nice shortcut to use in the web browser is Ctrl and I. Pressing these keys at the same time will open a menu with all pages marked as your favorites.
27. Windows + Up Arrow
Pressing the Windows and Up Arrow keys will maximize the window you are currently using. It goes for apps, folders and files.
28. Windows + Down Arrow
Pressing the Windows and Down Arrow keys will minimize the window you are currently using. It also goes for apps, folders and files.
29. Windows + Left Arrow
Now pressing the Windows and Left Arrow keys will bring the window halfway to the left of the screen.
30. Windows + Right Arrow
Pressing the Windows and Right Arrow keys will halfway the window to the right of your computer screen.
31. Windows + P
Using the Windows and P key shortcut, you can open the options menu to mirror your PC screen on another monitor or even on your television.
32. Ctrl + P
The shortcut Ctrl and P is for opening the print setup menu for an open page or file.
33. Ctrl + C
The well-known shortcut Ctrl and C is for copying a previously selected piece of text to your computer, either in a file or in an open window.
34. Ctrl + V
The shortcut Ctrl and V serves to paste a previously copied item, such as the text we mentioned in the previous tip.
35. Ctrl + X
A little different from Ctrl and C, the shortcut Ctrl and X serves to cut out an item or piece of text. This means that you will also remove the item in question from its original location.
36. Ctrl + A
Pressing the Ctrl and A keys at the same time will select all items in the window you are currently using. If you are working on text, it means that you select it entirely at once.
37. Ctrl + Z
The shortcut Ctrl and Z serves to undo the last action performed on the PC, either a word written in a document or a file sent to the trash. Very useful for fixing errors quickly.
38. Windows + Home
Pressing the Windows and Home keys at the same time will minimize all open windows except the one you are currently using.
39. Windows and +
If you need to zoom into the window or app you're using, just press the Windows and + keys at the same time. The more you press them, the greater the zoom applied to the screen.
40. Windows and -
Windows and - keys can be used for the opposite. This shortcut serves exactly to zoom out the window you are currently using.
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