Most people know one or two keyboard shortcuts, such as Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste, but there are lots more that can increase your productivity and reduce your frustration levels...

Memorising all of the combinations is no easy task, but by remembering a handful that you are likely to use often can really save time and make cumbersome tasks simple. Here are a few Windows keyboard shortcuts we use regularly and some you are likely to use in your day to day work.

WIN

The WIN key (the key with a little Windows logo on it) opens up your Start menu where you can access pinned applications, recent programs and recently used ones too. Very handy and can combine with other keys to give other shortcuts. Much like this next one...

WIN + M: Minimize All

This minimises all windows to the task bar. You can bring them all back again by undoing the command with Shift + WIN + M. You can achieve the same effect by using the shortcut to bring up your desktop; that’s WIN + D.

Ctrl + S: Save

If you can get into the habit of using this shortcut every paragraph or few minutes when working on a long or important document, you can quickly save documents with just a moment’s thought. Particularly useful if you’re prone to losing work or closing documents without saving. If you have accidentally deleted your document though, don’t worry, there may still be a way to get it back…

Ctrl + Z: Undo

This undoes the last action you performed, allowing you to quickly restore any deleted text or information or correct mistakes quickly.

Ctrl + Shift + T: Reopen Browser Tab

A simple one, but one that has saved us from frustration countless times. If you accidentally close one of the tabs on your browser, normally you’d have to go into your history, then find it and click it again. This nifty shortcut simply brings back the last tab you closed in your browser though, returning it in under a second.

F2: Rename File

Renaming a file can be quite fiddly. You either have to right click it then find the “rename” option, or click the name of the file twice (but not so fast as it actually opens the file). There have been too many occasions where we have clicked a file to rename it only to have it open, to have us have to close it and try again. This shortcut simply requires you to click the file once then press F2 to enter the renaming function. Quite a specific circumstance this one, but if you’ve ever accidentally double clicked your file open, you’ll know what we mean.

WIN + L: Lock Computer

If you have to nip away from your desk for a few moments, just tap this shortcut to lock your PC. Particularly useful if you work with sensitive information, or if your colleagues like to have fun changing your desktop wallpaper...

WIN + Arrow Key

Pressing the Windows key and combining it with one of the arrow keys has different effects on your current window…

WIN + Left - Shrinks active window and pins it to the left side of the screen

WIN + Right - Shrinks active window and pins it to the right side of the screen

WIN + Up - Enlarges active window to fill the screen

WIN + Down - Reduces size of active window, and if already reduced minimises it to the task bar

A full list of Windows shortcuts can be found on the Microsoft website. There are sure to be some that will come in handy on a daily basis!

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