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Adrian’s top keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10

Adrian’s top keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10


Did you know that using a mouse slows you down? Moving your hand away from the keyboard, to the mouse, locating the pointer, moving it to correct spot, clicking (or double, right-clicking, whatever) and moving your hand back to the keyboard is time inefficient.Therefore, using only the keyboard can be much quicker; and better for your health as there is less potential for RSI. On this basis, I have put together a few keyboard shortcuts we should all consider using instead of our mice.

Try them and delight. Choose your favourites, repeat as necessary to make them stick and become habitual – then save time; and if in business, money!

For Dummies

This title is slightly insulting; I guess it should be novices? The usual suspects here that I would expect most users to be familiar with but often not:

Ctrl+C Copy the selected item
Ctrl+X Cut the selected item
Ctrl+V Paste the selected item
Ctrl+Z Undo an action
Alt+Tab Switch between open apps
Alt+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active app
Windows logo key
+L
Lock your PC or switch accounts
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+D
Display and hide the desktop
Intermediate and getting interesting
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+ A
Open Action centre
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+S
Open search
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+C
Open Cortana in listening mode
Virtual Desktop shortcuts – Fancy as you like and massively productive. A little more advanced but everyone should know and use these.
Windows logo key
+Tab
Open Task view
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+Ctrl+D
Add a virtual desktop
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+Ctrl+Right arrow
Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
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+Ctrl+Left arrow
Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
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+Ctrl+F4
Close the virtual desktop you’re using

I should say that from my perspective one of the best sets of shortcuts for Windows 10 are these last ones. If you have a large monitor these are a must to learn. When we tend to work with multiple windows open (Outlook, Word, Sage, etc.) the time taken, switching between or minimising and maximising Windows, is inefficient. With Virtual desktops you can quickly jump between pairs of open Windows so quickly it is delightful. Again, try, test and learn.

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