7 keyboard shortcuts for Windows users that can make your life easier

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Knowing keyboard combinations will go a long way in increasing your productivity. Brainscape, a web and mobile education platform that allows students to study adaptive flashcards calculated that a person spending 8 hours in front of a computer daily can lose 64 hours every year by using a mouse instead of the keyboard for most tasks.

I’m quite sure you know few keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl + C for copy and Ctrl + V for paste, we seldom try to find or use other shortcuts. I’ve made a list of 5 keyboard shortcuts that will turn you into a typing pro.

1. Ctrl + Z

Ctrl + Z is used to undo an action but little did you know that there is a keyboard combination that does just the opposite. Pressing Ctrl + Y will redo the action that you undid.

2. Alt + Print Screen

The Print Screen (PrtSc) key on your keyboard is used to take snapshots of the entire screen. But if you want to quickly take a screenshot of just the active window, press Alt + Print Screen. This will eliminate the need to edit the screenshot to cut out just the active screen.

3. Ctrl + Shift + N

The most common way people create a new folder is by right-clicking the mouse or the trackpad, and then selecting the option New > Folder. Atleast, that was what most of us were taught in school. However, an easier way is to click the 3 keys Ctrl, Shift, and N together.

4. Windows logo key + Period

Pressing the Windows key and the Period (full stop) key will display the Emoji keyboard. This won’t work on previous versions of Windows.

5. Windows logo key + M

What if you need to minimize all open windows immediately without having to use a mouse? Just pressing the Windows logo key + M will do the magicf for you without any stress.

6. Windows logo key + L

If minimizing is not enough, you can lock Windows by clicking the Windows logo key and the letter L. To resume, you will have to enter your Windows password.

7. Ctrl + Shift + T

If you so happen to close a tab by mistake, you can reopen it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + T. Pressing these keys each time will open the previously-closed window. Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.


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