To help you get the most out of Windows, we created this list to help you remember it’s wide array of shortcuts for desktop to increase productivity.
You know we all have that one friend or co-worker whose computer skills make us feel like a Neanderthal. They barely touch the mouse and their screen lights up with all kinds of tasks.
Their fingers go lightning-fast on that keyboard.
They even have time to chat casually with Siri or stream games afterwards.
However, this is no sorcery, your friend is simply a whiz when it comes to windows hotkeys and you can be too.
Let us start with a skill every computer maestro needs to know.
#1: Shortcuts for Desktop to Create a Virtual Desktop
Imagine you are in the middle of some work project or research you have been doing all day, and when you need to deal with another task.
Immediately opening new tabs and windows will just slow you down and mess up your workflow.
Therefore, you need a new clean desktop!
Windows key + CTRL + D
CTRL + UP (for Mac)
It will switch to a new fresh desktop and you are ready to go.
However, where all that precious work you were doing before is is it gone forever. Do not panic!
#2: Switching between Virtual Desktops
It is just hiding there. To get it back push:
Windows key + CTRL
CTRL Key on a Mac
Now you can switch between all the virtual desktops you have made by using the left and right arrow keys. When you are done with the second task.
When you no longer need that virtual desktop, you can close it by pressing the
Windows keys + CTRL + F4
For Mac hold down the Option key and click on the X signs that appear over any open desktop spaces.
#3: Return to desktop when many screens are opened
If you have too many apps open and you need to use another one hidden behind all those windows on your desktop.
You do not need to minimize them all one by one. You can minimize all of them at once.
Windows key + M
You can also peek at your desktop with the Windows key + Comma or Command + F3 (for Mac)
This is a handy little trick if you work with information from desktop widgets or if you really need to take a break for a second and look at the fluffy kittens or fields of calming green grass you use at your desktop wallpaper.
#4: Open an app from the Taskbar
If you want much faster access to your most used apps consider keeping them on your taskbar.
It will speed up your workflow even more.
Windows key + a Number Key
Each number represents an app in your taskbar from the left to right and this combination will bring up the necessary one.
Unfortunately, there is no similar hotkeys for Mac but I am sure Mac users are quite content with Mac’s awesome app navigations.
#5: Split-screen between two apps
Want to see a magic trick try this –
Open one app that you need for your work and press the Windows key + Left Arrow.
Open another app and click the Windows key + Right Arrow
Now two windows are sharing your screen.
This is helpful while reviewing something from the original source or checking facts in your academic work while looking directly at your sources.
#6: Shortcuts for Desktop to Switch between Windows
There are several ways for effectively shift from one app to another and to manage them on your desktop using hotkeys pressing CTRL + ALT + TAB and it will show you all the apps currently running on your PC.
Another way to open the task view press the
Windows key + TAB
This is the PC equivalent to the Mac’s Mission Control, it provides a broader view of open windows and available desktops and it is much more convenient to use.
Finally, there is the hotkey ALT + TAB or Command + TAB on a Mac that will allow you to swap programs without previously displaying them like a deck of cards.
If you work with just a couple of windows at once this one’s for you.
#7: Program Management and Troubleshooting
Let us shoot some trouble!
Now listen carefully because you will want to remember this one.
Everyone has been there when program is stuck and will not process anything even if you cry big or try to bribe it so to avoid restarting your device and losing all your progress.
CTRL + SHIFT + ESCAPE
Command + Option + ESCAPE (on Mac)
It will open the Task Manager which will help you force quit any malfunctioning program or stop the ones that are not responding.
Losing some data from one faulty program is not the same as losing all your data from all of them.
#8: Opening File Explorer
Not all your apps need to be on hand all the time for you to work faster.
Some of them are standard programs built into your computer and there is a quick shortcuts for Desktop to access them.
Windows key + E
Finder app (for Mac)
The key combination opens the File Manager window on your PC.
#9: Using the Magnifier
Ever dreamed of becoming one of those TV detectives that can find anything on any picture no matter how tiny the image is.
Enhance the image to 10x zoom?
Yeah you can totally do that on your computer the Windows Key combined with a Plus or minus key will open the magnifier app, which allows you to zoom in and out wherever you point your cursor.
For Mac use Command and ++ keys to zoom
#10 Taking Screenshots
Oh, you found that tiny evidence, well you had better collect it.
Windows key + Print Screen
Mac also lets you take screenshots by pressing
Command + SHIFT + 3 (for Mac)
However, it gets even cooler if you push four instead of three.
You will be able to choose what part of your desktop you want to snap a picture of or even take a screenshot of only one exact window. It takes a screenshot and immediately save it in the image folder on your hard drive.
Thank You !