10 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts Every Geek Needs To Know
Actually keyboard shortcuts are very useful tools to optimize our tasks but have you ever thought about how much time you’re WASTING by not regularly using them while working on your computer? They are such a simple but a powerful tool to help us save time and effort. Here are some good ones to remember.
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1. Delete files Without Confirmation (SHIFT + DEL) :
Do you also hate this Panel asking you if you really want to delete this file or not. If you want to save your time not reading each time this warning panel, this shortcut is the right for you.
2. Reach your Desktop (Win+D) :
If you have plenty of programs running at the same time and having bad time minimizing all those active windows to reach your desktop, this shortcut can be very interesting for you. With Win+D you can minimize all windows, and you can also bring them back again.
3. Split The Screen (Windows Key + Arrow):
This cool Keyboard shortcut offer you the ability to snap windows next to each other. In other words you can split the screen between two and four Programs. For example hit Windows + Right Arrow to take a window to the right side of the screen or Windows + Left Arrow to snap it to the Left.
4. Open file explorer (Win+E) :
This keyboard shortcut can be considerate as very practical especially if you are often need to access your local folders.
5. Minimize All Windows (Win+M):
Minimize all your active windows : do you have multiple active windows and time for a little break ? Then you need to remember this cool shortcut.
6. Win + (NUMBER 1-9) :
Hit this combination to start the app you need following the order they are pinned to the taskbar with. The number you have to enter is indicated by the App position. For example in this case hitting Win+ 5 will run Paint.
7. Win + UP ARROW / Win + UP DOWN:
I’m sure this shortcut will be the most favorite one for a lot of you. Easy to remember, very useful and saves you a lot of clicks daily. Combining Win+Up Row, the size of the window will be maximized while hitting Win+ Up Down will do the opposite: removing the current app from screen or minimize it.
8. Switch Input Language (Win + SPACE BAR) :
Are you bilingual or multilingual ? This short key will save you surely a lot of effort. Especially when you are switching for example between word where you are writing a French article and Facebook chatting with a German friend. In other words with Win + space bar you can easily change your input language and keyboard layout.
9. Locking your PC (Win + L) :
Locking your PC can be very necessary especially if you are working in public place or with roommates and need to step away from your computer to take a break without giving anyone the chance to gain access to your computer.
10. Change Presentation Mode (Win + P) :
Display Switch feature would be practical if you have multiple screens and you want to change the presentation mode of the main display of your PC to project on either the PC screen only, extend across all displays, second screen only or duplicate on second display.
Saving some extra clicks can seem to be not a big deal for a lot of us but if we assume that we can save between 1 and 3 second per minute then for a person who is working on his computer in average 8 hours a day would save between 36 and 96 hours per year which is equal to 4,5 to 12 Day of 8 hours work.