Using an Operating System is much easier once you get used to it entirely. Clicking around multiple times to complete an action and looking for a hidden search panel for minutes is not the most convenient way to use your personal computer. Since Windows 10 was launched, people started using shortcuts more often. Here is a list of the most popular ones for an improved OS experience:
Opening the Start Menu: instead of stopping from what you are doing, simply hit your Windows key, which is located between Ctrl and Alt, on both sides of your keyboard. This shortcut is very convenient when you want to reduce mouse usage to a minimum. You can navigate the Start Menu using your keyboard’s arrows, Enter and Exit keys.
Hiding/Displaying the desktop: instead of minimising all of your opened windows, you can simply press your Windows key, which as described above, and D. Windows key + D will display or hide your desktop rapidly, without closing any of your existent windows.
Opening File Explorer: to reach a certain folder in your computer, you need to access the File Explorer. Instead of opening the Start Menu and clicking on File Explorer, you can simply press Windows key + E. This combination will open the File Explorer directly.
Switching accounts: without any shortcut, switching accounts is done by clicking on the Start Menu and then on the Log Out setting. Instead of doing so, you can press the Windows key + L combination, which will lock your computer.
Opening the Run dialogue: the Run dialogue is used to access Control Panel settings rapidly, by simply typing in certain commands. The Run dialogue can be accessed by pressing Windows key + R. After accessing it, you can type in one of the following commands:
- shutdown (Shuts down the PC)
- logoff (Logs off)
- taskmgr (opens Task Manager)
- osk (opens on-screen keyboard)
- appwiz.cpl (add or remove programs)
- cleanmgr (use the Clean Up Utility)
- %appdata% (access application data) etc.
Opening the Search function: the Search function can be used whenever you need to look for a specific file. To open this function, simply press Windows key + S. As you may notice, the shortcuts are clearly related to the name of the function they open.
Adding a virtual desktop: in Windows 10, you can add a virtual desktop besides your normal one. In order to do it without hassle, press Windows key + Ctrl + D. Once the virtual desktop is created, you can start using it.
Close the virtual desktop: to close the virtual desktop using a shortcut, press Windows key + Ctrl + F4. Also, to switch between the virtual desktops you created, you can press Windows key + Ctrl + Left/Right arrow.
Capture a screenshot: in Windows 10, when you capture a screenshot it is saved in the Screenshots folder on your PC. To take one, simply press Windows key + PrtScn. The PrtScn key is located next to Scroll Lock and Pause/Break, in the upper side of your keyboard.
Of course, there are other shortcuts that you can use to make your actions easier while using Windows 10. The shortcuts differ from one Operating System to another, so do your research beforehand. 0000