Windows Shortcuts

When you spend your days on the computer, you want to make sure you use your time as wisely as possible. Whether you are using Windows 8 or 10, a few quick windows shortcuts will improve your speed and efficiency on your desktop.

  1. Switch to your last app
  • Keyboard – Windows logo key + Tab
  • Touch – Swipe in from left edge of the screen
  • Mouse – Move mouse to the upper-left corner of screen and click
  1. See a list of recent apps
  • Keyboard – Press and hold the Windows logo key + Tab
  • Touch – Swipe from the left edge, and with your finger still on the screen, move it back toward the left edge
  • Mouse – Move the pointer to the upper left corner, then move it down the edge
  1. Open the charms
  • Keyboard – Windows logo key + C
  • Touch – Swipe from the right edge of the screen
  • Mouse – Move the pointer to the upper-right or lower-left corner. Charms will appear, then move up or down the edge to click the one you want
  1. Show commands for an app
  • Keyboard – Windows key + Z
  • Touch – Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen
  • Mouse – Right-click within the app

Windows also employs a few simple keyboard shortcuts to simplify usage. Here are some that are used often:

  1. Windows key + . (period) – Docks the application to the right or left.
  2. Windows key + E – This opens the file explorer to “My Computer” view and displays all your drives.
  3. Windows key + M – Minimizes all windows and opens desktop mode.
  4. Windows key + H – Inside an application, this allows you to email or share its content
  5. Windows key + L – Locks your screen and requires a password for access
  6. Windows key + P – Connects a second screen

These features are ones you need access to on a regular basis and should take advantage of these easy shortcuts. As you become familiar with these simple commands, you will save yourself valuable time.  For more suggestions on ways to maneuver through Windows 8 and 10 to increase your efficiency at work, please contact us today.