#379 Windows Shortcuts EVERYONE Should Know

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of keyboard shortcuts. To me there is no better way to save time working on the computer. There are tons of shortcuts but here are three that everyone should  know. (At least everyone who is working on a Windows computer.)

1. Windows key + typing

Most people open applications by clicking the Start menu, going to “All Programs,” scrolling to a folder, hovering over it, and clicking a shortcut all just to open a program? (Or, if you’re a Windows 8 user, scrolling through your start screen?)  All that makes me tired just thinking about it. A much quicker way is to press the windows key and start typing name of the program you want to launch –  it will popup and you can simply hit the enter key to launch it. And you probably won’t even have to type the whole thing!

If you’re not familiar with it the Windows key looks something like this:

2. CTRL + SHIFT + ESC

Everyone is probably familiar with the famous Ctrl+Alt+Delete shortcut right? That brings up the Task Manager, which you can use to close a program that has locked up or is causing you problems.

While that still works in Windows 7 and 8, Ctrl+Alt+Delete now involves a separate screen with more options, and requires an extra click to get to the Task Manager. Instead, you can skip straight to where you want to go by pressing  Ctrl+Shift+Escape.  It’s faster and easier to reach with one hand.

3. ALT (or F10)

Have you noticed how some programs—like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and others—have done away with the traditional “File, Edit, View, etc.” menus? This is nice until you need an option that only shows up in those more advanced menus, and you don’t know where to look.

Fortunately there is an easy way to access them. If you hit the Alt key (or F10) you’ll temporarily bring back traditional menu bar with File, Edit, and other buttons so you can find what you’re looking for.

For a full list of useful Windows shortcuts, check out Microsoft’s documentation page .

Did you already know these? What are YOUR top three favorite shortcuts?

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