One way to improve your computer skills is by learning keyboard shortcuts and tricks. These can help you navigate your computer more quickly and easily, and can make you a more efficient user. In this blog, we will discuss some useful Computer tricks with keyboard.
Table of Contents
- 1. Copy and paste :
- 2. Cut and paste :
- 3. Undo and redo :
- 4. Search :
- 5. Task manager :
- 6. Screenshots :
- 7. Switching between open windows :
- 8. Zoom in and out :
- 9. Lock your computer :
- 10. Open programs from the taskbar :
- 11. Cycle through tabs :
- 12. Use the Start menu :
- 13. Open File Explorer:
- 14. Minimize and Maximize Windows:
- 15. Switch Language/Input Method:
- 16. Taskbar Shortcuts:
- 17. Scroll Through Pages:
- 18. Create New Folder:
- 19. Highlight Address Bar:
- 20. Close Current Tab:
1. Copy and paste :
Copy and paste is a very useful feature that allows you to duplicate text or images quickly. To copy, select the text or image you want to duplicate, and press Ctrl + C. To paste, place your cursor where you want the text or image to go and press Ctrl + V.
2. Cut and paste :
Cut and paste is another useful feature that allows you to move text or images from one place to another. To cut, select the text or image you want to move, and press Ctrl + X. To paste, place your cursor where you want the text or image to go and press Ctrl + V.
3. Undo and redo :
Undo and redo are essential features that allow you to reverse or repeat an action. To undo an action, press Ctrl + Z. To redo an action, press Ctrl + Y.
4. Search :
The search function allows you to find specific files or folders on your computer quickly. To open the search function, press the Windows key + F. This will bring up a search box where you can type in keywords or phrases to find what you’re looking for.
5. Task manager :
The task manager is a powerful tool that allows you to monitor and control the processes running on your computer. To open the task manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc. From here, you can see which programs are running, how much memory they’re using, and end any processes that are causing problems.
6. Screenshots :
Screenshots are a useful way to capture what’s on your screen. To take a screenshot, press the Print Screen key (PrtScn). This will capture the entire screen. To capture only the active window, press Alt + Print Screen.
7. Switching between open windows :
If you have multiple windows open, it can be tedious to click on each one to switch between them. Instead, you can use the Alt + Tab shortcut. Pressing these keys will bring up a list of all the open windows, allowing you to switch between them quickly.
8. Zoom in and out :
If you’re struggling to read small text or see small images, you can use the zoom function to make them larger. To zoom in, press Ctrl + +. To zoom out, press Ctrl + -.
9. Lock your computer :
If you need to step away from your computer for a moment, it’s a good idea to lock it to keep your data secure. To lock your computer quickly, press the Windows key + L.
10. Open programs from the taskbar :
If you have programs pinned to your taskbar, you can open them quickly by using the Windows key + the number key corresponding to the position of the program on the taskbar. For example, if you have Google Chrome pinned to the first position on your taskbar, you can open it quickly by pressing Windows key + 1.
11. Cycle through tabs :
If you’re using a web browser or another program that has tabs, you can cycle through them quickly using the Ctrl + Tab shortcut. This will move you to the next tab. To move to the previous tab, use Ctrl + Shift + Tab.
12. Use the Start menu :
The Start menu is the gateway to all the programs and features on your computer. To open the Start menu, press the Windows key. From here, you can search for programs, access settings, and more.
13. Open File Explorer:
Pressing the Windows key + E will quickly open File Explorer, allowing you to navigate and manage your files and folders efficiently.
14. Minimize and Maximize Windows:
To quickly minimize the active window, press Windows key + Down Arrow. To maximize or restore the active window, press Windows key + Up Arrow.
15. Switch Language/Input Method:
For users who need to switch between different languages or input methods, pressing Alt + Shift can help toggle between them.
16. Taskbar Shortcuts:
Utilize taskbar shortcuts by pressing Windows key + [number] to open the program pinned to the taskbar in the corresponding position.
17. Scroll Through Pages:
Instead of using your mouse to scroll, press the Spacebar to scroll down one page and Shift + Spacebar to scroll up one page.
18. Create New Folder:
While in File Explorer, pressing Ctrl + Shift + N will instantly create a new folder.
19. Highlight Address Bar:
When using a web browser or File Explorer, press Ctrl + L to instantly highlight the address bar, allowing you to quickly type a new URL or path.
20. Close Current Tab:
If you’re using a web browser, press Ctrl + W to close the currently active tab.
21. Refresh Page:
Pressing F5 is a universal shortcut to refresh the page you’re currently viewing in a web browser or other applications.
22. Open Task View:
Pressing Windows key + Tab opens Task View, allowing you to see all open windows in a thumbnail view for easy navigation.
23. Open Action Center:
Pressing Windows key + A opens the Action Center, where you can access notifications and quick settings.
24. Zoom In/Out in Web Browsers:
In web browsers, press Ctrl + scroll up (mouse wheel) to zoom in and Ctrl + scroll down to zoom out.
25. Open Emoji Panel:
For expressing emotions or adding symbols, press Windows key + Period (.) or Windows key + Semicolon (;) to open the Emoji panel.
26. Open System Properties:
Pressing Windows key + Pause/Break opens the System Properties window, where you can access system information and settings.
27. Quick Access to Desktop:
Minimize all open windows and show the desktop by pressing Windows key + D. Press it again to restore the windows.
28. Lock Screen Orientation:
For devices with touch screens, you can quickly lock the screen orientation by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Arrow key (Up, Down, Left, or Right).
29. Paste Without Formatting:
To paste text without carrying over formatting from the source, use Ctrl + Shift + V.
30. Close Current Application:
In many applications, pressing Alt + F4 will close the current application or window.