11 keyboard shortcuts essential for Windows

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Certainly not, what you want in the heat of the moment is to fumble around for a mouse button or have to take multiple procedure for complete a task that could be finished with a quick keyboard shortcut. Naturally, learning and remembering such {cutting corners|techniques} can be hard work, and you will probably need to take some time to find the appropriate shortcuts for you.

We're here to assist. This {set of} valuable Windows keyboard shortcuts will help you work cleverer and faster.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Windows surfer

The subsequent  shortcuts let you toggle between application windows and quickly resize them without having to take a mouse or align your apps.

Windows keyboard shortcuts for locking up and shutting down

This guide wouldn't be complete without some shortcuts that help you shut down your PC and then lock things up.

  • Winkey + L. Immediately lock your PC.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Open the Task Manager to monitor app or forcibly shut down frozen programs.
  • Alt + F4. Close an active app. Using this shortcut key when your desktop is at the forefront invokes the "Shut Down Windows" prompt.

Windows keyboard shortcuts for the browser ninja

You've probably used a web browser for as long as you've had a computer, but do you take full advantage of keyboard shortcuts for browser navigation? These browser shortcuts all work the in latest versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

  • Alt + D. Put the cursor into the browser's address bar.
  • Ctrl + W, or Ctrl + T. Close or open a new browser tab.
  • Ctrl + Shift + T. Reopen the last browser tab you closed. (This comes in handy when if you hit Ctrl + W too quickly.)
  • Ctrl + Plus sign, or Ctrl + Minus sign. Zoom in and out on a webpage. Reset the zoom level with Ctrl + 0.
  • Ctrl + Tab, or Ctrl + Shift + Tab. Toggle to the next browser tab from left to right, or from right to left.
  • Alt + Right Arrow, or Alt + Left Arrow. Browse forward or backward through recently visited websites. These shortcuts perform the same function as a browser's Forward and Back buttons.

Windows keyboard shortcuts for the Kung Fu typer

These useful shortcuts help zoom the cursor around your page much quicker than if you use a mouse or trackpad.

  • Ctrl + Right Arrow, or Ctrl + Left Arrow. Move the cursor one word to the right or left.



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