Quick Windows shortcuts for keyboard warriors

Keyboard - Windows keyboard short-cuts

I don’t know about you, but I’m quite a fan of keyboard short-cuts Ctrl-c, Ctrl-v and Ctrl-x are probably the most well known and most used making it easy to Copy, Paste and Cut text without lifting your fingers from the keyboard and there’s the reason why some people are fans, speed.

Keyboard shortcuts mean that your fingers never leave the keyboard saving that transition to the mouse for the essential Copy & Paste commands. Of course, there are many more, just Google “keyboard shortcut” for complete lists of them.

However, I stumbled across the following 10 very recently and have found many of them immediately useful. Of course, an ageing memory doesn’t really help, I still have to look at my cheat-sheet to remember some of them but I’m sure that they’ll be embedded in my memory soon.

  1. Command: Win key + Shift + Right/Left Arrow Key
    What it does:
    Moves active window to a second monitor, but keeps the window at the same size i.e. if you have your web browser maximised on one screen, and want to move it to be maximised on the other, this’ll do it. For multiple monitor users it will be a boon.
  2. Command: Alt + Up arrow
    What it does:
    Moves up one folder level in Explorer.
  3. Command: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
    What it does:
    Jumps straight to the Task Manager without having to go through the Ctrl + Alt + Delete screen.
  4. Command: Win key + L
    What it does:
    Locks your computer. Very useful if you work in an office full of pranksters looking to mess with your PC when you sneak off for a coffee.
  5. Command: Win key + T
    What it does:
    Cycles through programs on the taskbar, just like hovering your mouse over them. Enter or space will launch a new program.
  6. Command: Alt + Print Screen
    What it does:
    Print-screens only the selected window. Hugely helpful if you’re running a multiple-monitor setup.
  7. Command: Hold down Shift when inserting a USB drive/SD card/CD
    What it does: Stops AutoRun.
  8. Command: Alt + D
    What it does:
    Selects the address bar, either in your browser of choice, or even Windows Explorer.
  9. Command: Win key + F
    What it does:
    Opens the Windows Search box when you are looking for that file you created but can’t remembered where you saved it.
  10. Command: Ctrl + Tab
    What it does:
    Changes between multiple windows in the same program, Switch between browser tabs, or multiple Word documents etc.