Hi. Those of you who know me know that I’m a big fan of keyboard shortcuts. For me, if I’m typing, I don’t want to have to grab the mouse to execute a command; I’d rather keep my hands on the keyboard. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that work in Windows.
These shortcuts use the ‘windows’ key; that’s the key between the alt and ctrl keys to the left of the spacebar (some keyboards have a ‘windows’ key to the right too). Press the ‘windows’ key and then the key described below…here’s what happens:
windows alone is like clicking the start button.
windows + l locks the computer.
windows + r opens the ‘run’ dialog box. type ‘cmd’ for a dos window; type %temp% for a list of temp files you can safely delete.
windows + e opens ‘my computer’ (think of e for explore)
windows + d brings you to the desktop, minimizing all open windows to the taskbar. Press windows + d again to toggle the windows up and down.
windows + m minimizes all windows.
windows + tab cycles through the open programs on the taskbar
windows + f opens the windows search/find feature
windows + pause/break key opens the system properties window
windows + u opens the utility manager
windows + F1 opens the windows help & support center
Give them a try. After a while, some of them will become second nature to you.