Tips & Tricks: Top Five Windows Shortcuts
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We’ve got mixed feelings about this blog. Unfortunately, this is the last in the series for our ‘Top Five Shortcuts.’ Fortunately, we get to enhance our knowledge of the best Windows Shortcuts!
Top Five Windows Shortcuts? It doesn’t get more efficient than these. If you work in an office like we do or even use a PC at home, we know exactly how you feel. You can get caught up in about 20 different windows and then in an effort to close everything down or reach the right window, you accidentally lose work. And even if you don’t lose your work, going through the process of finding and saving the right document when you have so many open is simply just a laborious task.
So here you have it, the last installment in our series – The Top Five Windows Shortcuts.
(NOTE: Please be aware that these shortcuts may slightly vary on different versions of Windows)
Top Five Windows Shortcuts
1) Windows + D – Shows Desktop
This minimizes everything and brings you to your desktop. If you’ve got as many windows open as us all at once, actually getting to your desktop can take time. Windows/D means that you spend a considerably smaller amount of time minimising all of your windows to get to the desktop. Using this combination of buttons for a second time also takes you back to the original window that you were on before your desktop.
2) Windows + L – Lock Screen
Maybe you lock your computer at the end of the day, or during your lunch break. We certainly do. You can do this without the need to go to the start menu, it’s literally instantaneous. Saves a little bit of time, meaning you can keep working hard just a little bit longer before you wander off to lunch.
3) Alt + Tab – Switch Window (With a dialogue box)
Brings up a dialogue box with all your windows. This is the easiest way to switch between windows, because you can choose the one you want straight away, without minimizing about 5 different windows first. To switch between these windows backwards you can use Alt+Shift+Tab. This would be better suited if you have a larger amount of windows open and it would be easier to start scrolling through them from the other end.
4) Windows + Scroll Wheel – Zoom in/out
This tool is good for just about every major programme that uses a zoom function, bar the Adobe Suite (Ctrl + Plus or Ctrl + Minus). When information just isn’t clear enough, zoom can never let you down.
5) Windows + Tab – Shows Open Windows
Picture it; it’s a busy day at work, you were kept up all night by planes, fireworks, or something even more annoying. You fall asleep momentarily, realise where you are and get back to work. But you have no idea what you were doing and whether the document or webpage you need is open. This shortcut shows everything that’s open in a nice cascading line, without minimizing everything else. Unfortunately, for some bizarre reason this shortcut hasn’t been enabled for Windows 8 or later.