by Pat Brown
Did you know there are many keyboard shortcuts to make you life easier when working on your computer? If you don’t, you are about to. These shortcuts can make your computer experience much more efficient with less frustration.
Select, Cut, Copy, And Paste Text
You can select text with Shift and the arrow keys. Also you can use Shift and Page up/down to select a whole page of text at a time. Or if you want to select everything just hit Ctrl+A.
Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V are used for cut, copy and paste. All you have to do is select the text you want to work with and copy or cut it with Ctrl+C or Ctrl+X. Then go to the new location and paste it with Ctrl+P.
Lock your computer.
Win+L is a quick way to lock your computer.
Switch between open programs.
Alt+Tab is a quick way to switch between open programs. Just hold the Alt key and hit Tab until you get to the program you want, then let off the Alt key and it will put that program in front.
Win+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab pull up a list of open programs. Then just arrow to the program you want and hit enter.
Open multiple programs on one monitor.
Win+Arrow keys will snap a program to the left or right side of your screen. Use this to view two programs at once. You can also use the up and down arrows to maximize or minimize the program. Hitting Win+Arrow keys twice will lock the program to that side of the screen so the up and down arrows will move it to the top or bottom of the screen.
Take a screenshoot.
Win+Prt sc will take a screenshot of your current screen and copy it to your clipboard. Then just paste it into any program that can display a picture.
Magnify your screen.
Win+(+) Will magnify your screen. Use Win+(-) to reduce the size. Ctrl+0 will bring it back to normal.
Other shortcuts you can use.
Win+Crtl+D opens a new virtual desktop.
Win+Crtl+ switch between virtual desktops.
Win+M will minumize all open programs and take you back to the desktop.
Win+, quick view of desktop. Your programs will reappear when you release the keys.
Win+R will bring up the run prompt. Just type in the program you want to run and hit enter.
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Opens task manager.
Win+E Opens file explorer.
Win+A Brings up the notifications menu.
Hopefully these shortcuts will make your computing experience more productive. If I missed your favorite shortcut, please let me know.