Thursday, 17 December 2015

Tech Tips: Windows 10 Keyboard & Touchpad Shortcuts

The new Windows 10 has a ton of new shortcuts to give you easier access to the new Action Center, Cortana, Task View, virtual desktops, etc.

If you are new to shortcuts, this list can be overwhelming. To help you streamline it a bit, here’s a list of must-know shortcuts for Windows 10.

This isn’t just a list for Windows 10, many of these shortcuts work with older versions of Windows, but new to shortcuts this list will also help you take control of your Windows machine and make you more efficient by lessening your dependence on the mouse.

Windows 10’s newest features
  • Windows key + A: Open the Action Center
  • Windows key + C: Launch Cortana in listening mode (for voice commands)
  • Windows key + I: Open the Settings app
  • Windows key + S: Launch Cortana
  • Windows key + Tab: Open Task View
  • Windows key + Ctrl + D: Create a new virtual desktop
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4: Close the current desktop
  • Windows key + Ctrl + left or right arrow: switch between virtual desktops

Standard Windows shortcuts
  • Windows key (Windows 7 and up): Open/close the Start menu
  • Windows key + X (Windows 8.1 and 10): Open/close the Start button’s right-click context menu
  • Windows key + left or right arrow (Windows 7 and up): snap current window to right or left of screen
  • Windows key + E (Windows 7 and up): Launch File Explorer
  • Windows key + L (Windows 7 and up): Lock the desktop
  • Alt + PrtScn (Windows 7 and up): Take a screenshot of current window and copy it to your clipboard
  • Windows key + PrtScn (Windows 8.1 and 10): Take a screenshot of entire display and save to Computer > Pictures > Screenshots

Browser shortcuts (works in Edge and most other browsers)
  • Ctrl + T: Open new tab
  • Ctrl + D: Bookmark page
  • Ctrl + L: Highlight current URL (good for typing a new address or copying the current one)
  • Ctrl + Tab: Cycle through your open tabs
  • Ctrl + Enter: add “.com” to the end of a web address (e.g. type ‘google’ then Ctrl + Enter to get google.com)

Touchpad shortcuts
  • Select an item: Tap on the touchpad.
  • Scroll: Place two fingers on the touchpad and slide horizontally or vertically.
  • Zoom in or out: Place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in or stretch out.
  • Show more commands (similar to right-clicking): Tap the touchpad with two fingers, or press in the lower-right corner.
  • See all open windows: Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them away from you.
  • Show the desktop: Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them towards yourself.
  • Switch between open windows: Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe right or left.
Note: Some of these gestures will only work with precision touchpads, so don't fret if a move won't work for you.



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