11 Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save You Time & Frustration
With our often crazy to-do lists and limited time in a day to get things done, we can all benefit from shortcuts making tasks more manageable on our computers. Thankfully, PCs have built-in shortcuts just waiting to be discovered and utilized.
In an effort to help simplify your life, we’ve compiled some simple Windows keyboard shortcuts that can make your life in front of your keyboard efficient and enjoyable. Some you may recognize and use already, but hopefully we’re introducing you to others that can end up saving you pain and time. We hope you’ll give them a try if you haven’t already.
#1 – Ctrl+W: Close
Ctrl+W closes down whatever you’re viewing. This can include your browser, an open image, a game, a browser tab, and more.
#2 – Alt+F4: Close apps
This shuts down active apps, so you can skip dealing with their on-screen menus.
#3 – Win+D: Show or hide your desktop
This minimizes your open windows and brings your home screen into view.
#4 – Win+Tab: Open the Task view
Like Alt+Tab, it lets you switch apps, but it does so by opening an updated Windows application switcher.
#5 – Tab and Shift+Tab: Move backward and forward through options
When you open a dialog box, these commands move you forward (Tab) or backward (Shift+Tab) through the available options, saving you a click. If you’re working with a dialog box that has multiple tabs, hit Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+Shift+Tab to navigate through them.
#6 – Ctrl+Z: Undo
No matter what program you’re running, Ctrl+Z will take you back to your last action. Whether you’ve just overwritten an entire paragraph in Microsoft Word or deleted a file you didn’t mean to, this can be so important when you least expect it!
#7 – Ctrl+A: Select all
This shortcut lets you highlight all text in a document or select all files in a folder. Hitting Ctrl+A can save you from having to click and drag your mouse.
#8 – F2: Rename
Simply, highlight a file and hit F2 to give it a brand new name. This command also lets you edit text when using another program—tap F2 in Microsoft Excel, for example, and you’ll be able to edit the contents in any of the cells you work in.
#9 – F5: Refresh
The function key row has some important shortcuts and refreshing your browser is one of them. When you press F5 the page you are on will refresh. Following the refresh, you’ll see the latest version of the page you’re viewing.
#10 – Win+I: Open Settings
When you want to configure the way Windows works, this keyboard shortcut will bring up the Settings dialog.
#11 – Win+PrtScn: Take a Screenshot
Win+PrtScn takes a PNG screen grab of the screen you’re on. In the process, it automatically saves it as a PNG file in your screenshots folder.
If you want to only take a snapshot of a part of your screen, you can also use the Alt+PrtScn combo to take a screenshot of just the active window. This action will only copy this image to the clipboard, and you won’t automatically get a saved file.
As you’re working to simplify your life, we hope you’ll find these tips helpful. At Solve iQ, we’re all about efficiency. The more you can streamline your processes and make sure your PC is humming along, the better.