The New Year is a great time to get organized! Learn how to use some simple keyboard shortcuts to boost your productivity. Keyboard "shortcuts" are a combination of keys that give quick access to a particular computer function. Shortcuts rely on the special keys: Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Tab, Windows Logo Key (the key with the Microsoft four squares on the lower left of the computer).
A few favorite keyboard shortcuts are summarized below:
- Windows Logo Key + L: Lock your PC. Great security habit to get into when you step away from your desk.
- Windows Logo Key + D: Display your Desktop. If you have way too many windows open, this is a quick way to get to the bottom of it all.
- Alt + Tab: Switch back and forth between windows like the "last" button on your TV channel remote.
- Ctrl + X: Cut the selected item (Get fluent in these five - great for editing!)
- Ctrl + C: Copy the selected item
- Ctrl + V: Paste the selected item
- Ctrl + Y: Redo and action
- Ctrl + Z: Undo an action
- Windows Logo Key + Shift + S: Take a screen shot of part of your screen
- Windows Logo Key + V: Open your clipboard - great for when you want to "paste" something you copied a few items ago.
- Ctrl + Shift + T: Re-Open closed tab - Great for when you accidently close a window.
Here's the Windows Logo Key in case you didn't find it:
Taking a few minutes to learn a few shortcuts can save you a lot of time in 2021!