Supercharge your day with these Windows Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Most people use the mouse to navigate around their computers, but sometimes keyboard shortcuts can be quicker.  Here are a few of the most usfeul shortcuts:

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

This is a picture of a standard keyboard, outlining where some of these keys are.  Ctrl is usually on the bottom row on the far left, the second key is usually the windows key and the third, or the one nearest the spacebar is alt.  On some laptops there is also a function key, this is used with other keys to do key functions with them.

On the far left, above Ctrl is Shift, then above that is Caps Lock and above that is Tab.

These may be slightly different depending on the keyboard you have.

Keyboard Shortcuts

There are two easy ways to switch between windows on a Windows machine. 

The first way is using Alt + Tab.  Hitting these keys once will switch from the current program to the previous program.

To switch between all programmes, hold down the Alt key and hit Tab to move between programmes. 

Using the Windows key + Tab shows all open windows.

Ctrl + Shift + Escape will bring up the task manager.  This lets you kill crashed programmes.  You can see all running programs and processors and also see CPU and memory usage. 

 If you want to close a programme, hit Alt + F4.

To select text, hold Shift and hit an arrow key.  Alt + Shift + Left Hour will select the character directly behind your cursor.

Windows Explorer lets you brows files in your computer.  To open it, hit Windows key + E

Set up your own Windows Shortcut Keys

You can make some custom keyboard shortcut.  Go to your desktop, right click an icon and click properties.  Type a key in the Shortcut field and that will be the shortcut.

For example, if you wanted to set up that Alt+Ctrl+O opens Outlook, just type O in the shortcut field.  Some of these may need permissions to set up, so contact Bytek for details.