#397 The 20 Windows Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

Here are 20 great shortcuts for Windows PCs that everyone should know. How many do you already use?

The Basics:

These you can use everyday and work just about everywhere

  • Copy a selected item: Ctrl+C
  • Cut a selected item: Ctrl+X
  • Paste a selected item: Ctrl+V
  • Undo an action: Ctrl+Z
  • Redo that thing I just undid: Ctrl+Y
  • Select everything: Ctrl+A
  • Print: Ctrl+P

Managing Windows

Switch between open windows  – Alt+Tab

If you have multiple windows/applications open and want to jump from one to another, press Alt+Tab, to see a thumbnail view of all open windows. Then, while holding down the Alt key, press the Tab key multiple times until you get to the window you want.

Clear away everything and show the desktop – Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+D

This is one of my favorites. Use this when you want to minimize everything and quickly see only your desktop.

Minimize the window – Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Down Arrow

If the window is maximized already it’ll go to “normal” size. And if it’s normal size, it’ll minimize entirely.

Maximize the window – Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Up Arrow

Maximizing windows works the same way.

Compare and contrast in a snap – Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Left Arrow or Right Arrow

Snap is the easiest way arrange two windows side by side on your screen. This is a HUGE favorite of mine that I use all the time. While pressing the Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key, click the Right Arrow key or the Left Arrow key and your browser will slide over to one side. Select another window and use the shortcut only with the opposite arrow.

Multitask with multiple monitors – Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Shift+Right Arrow or Left Arrow

This one lets you shift a window to your other monitor in less than a second.

Manage tasks

You might already know about —Ctrl+Alt+Delete—to open the Task Manager or to lock your computer. But there are shortcuts for this shortcut.

Open Task Manager  – Ctrl+Shift+Esc

This takes you straight to Task Manager—without any intermediary steps.

Lock your PC or switch users – Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+L

This one locks your PC.

Display Settings

Choose a presentation display mode – Windows logo key  Picture of the Windows logo key+P

Whether you’re giving a presentation or are using multiple monitors, it’s simple to switch settings.

Zoom in, zoom out – Windows logo key  Picture of the Windows logo key+Plus Sign or Minus Sign

The Plus Sign key (+) zooms you in, the Minus Sign key (-) zooms you out.

Miscellaneous

Search for files and folders  – Windows logo key  Picture of the Windows logo key+F

With this tip search can be really quick and easy. Use this shortcut to get a search window, type in a few keywords, and bingo, you’re off.

Open a new instance of a program – Windows logo key Picture of the Windows logo key+Shift+Click a taskbar icon

I like browser tabs—but sometimes I want a whole new browser window. One way to do that is to click the Google Chrome (or Firefox or whatever browser you use) icon while holding down Shift.

Get help – Windows logo key  Picture of the Windows logo key+F1

 

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