How To Save A Lot Of Time Using Cool Windows Key Combinations

We all have some bad habits when it comes to using a computer. Bad habits that end up costing us a lot of time throughout the day. Some bad habits include things like having a massive number of programs open at the same time, an even larger number of web browser tabs or even web browsers open. Going from one to the other and even trying to get back to the Windows Desktop can become a time consuming chore.

Whether you are using your computer for fun, work, or learning time is important. Luckily this is something that Microsoft saw as important and put some cool time saving tricks into Windows to help called Windows Key Combinations. Windows key combinations start by using the Windows Key located at the bottom of the keyboard usually between the CTRL and ALT key. Your keyboard may have it located in a different spot or it may have a different symbol representing Windows but it shouldn’t be to difficult to locate now that you know what you’re looking for.

Windows Key
Usual Windows Key Location

How To Go Directly To The Windows Desktop

There have probably been times that you have wanted to get to the Windows Desktop and had to minimize a number of programs before you could finally get there. The entire time you spend minimizing programs you were wishing you had a quick way to do it that was still easy to get to. Fortunately there is. If you press and hold down the Windows key and press down the “D” key at the same time you will be taken straight to your desktop. No programs will be closed or altered everything is just instantly minimized and you have your desktop in front of you. Go ahead and give it a try. Press and hold down the Windows key and then press the D key while you are holding the Windows key down. It’s safe I promise.

How To Select A Program From A View Of All Open Programs

Having a number of different programs open at the same time is a usual practice for almost all of us. Some people have a lot more open than others which makes this next Windows Key combination even more handy. Having all of your programs tiled over one another so you can select the one you want to got o can save a lot of time over the regular practice of going from one to the other.

Choose and Click Your Program
Clickable Program Window Tiles

Press and hold down the Window Key and then press on and hold down the “Tab” key. This will cause all of your program windows to appear in a stacked and selectable view as shown here. Clicking on one of the tiles will take you directly to the chosen program window.

What Are Your Computer’s Properties?

Windows System Properties
Windows System Properties

Sometimes you are asked questions like what version of Windows are you running. Is your computer 32bit or 64bit and other information about your computer. If you don’t already know how to get to your computer’s system properties then there is another step to learn. Even if you do already know there are a few more keystrokes that are going to add to the time it takes to get to that information. Bet you would be glad to find out there is a two key combination that will get you right to it. This also gives you one click access to other areas like the Device Manager. This is even more convenient in Windows 8 or 10. Clicking and holding down the Windows key and then pressing the “Break” key instantly brings you to System Properties.

Break Key Location
Usual Break Key Location

These Are Some Of The Most Common and Convenient Key Combinations

These are just a few of the possible combinations. They tend to be the most popular and convenient for people. The last two key strokes that should probably be mentioned is getting to the “Run” box where you can directly type a command like a folder path or run a program with the Windows Key + R. Then there is the Windows Key by itself which will open the Start menu without having to click.

These key combinations may feel awkward at first. You may have a hard time remembering what combination does what. After using them a few times it will become a lot easier and more comfortable. You may not realize it but using them will probably save you several hours of fun time or production time a month.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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Brad is a true PC Helper. Having worked on computers since 1988 he's not only experienced at what he does but puts the computer owner above all else. Owning a computer should be a fun and a safe experience. That is the whole mission of the PC Helper program, taking care of you and your computer.

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