15 Amazing Shortcuts You Aren’t Using

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If you wanna be a power user, you shouldn’t deny the usefulness of hotkeys. They improve your everyday work and give an absolute boost in your productivity. These hotkey combinations will certainly come in handy for every Windows and OS X user!

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Create a virtual desktop 0:46

Press the Windows key + Ctrl + D or Control + Up if you use a Mac. It’ll switch to a new fresh desktop.

Switch between virtual desktops 1:24

Push the Windows key + Ctrl or the Control key on a Mac. Now you can switch between all the virtual desktops you’ve made by using the left and right arrow keys.

Return to the desktop from apps 2:15

If you have too many apps open and you need to use another one hidden behind all those windows on your desktop, you can minimize all of them at once by pushing the Windows key + M.

Open an app from the taskbar 3:04

If you want much faster access to your most used apps, consider keeping them on your taskbar. It’ll speed up your workflow even more if you use the following combination: the Windows key + a number key from 1 to 9.

Split-screen between two apps 3:50

Open one app that you need for your work and press the Windows key + left arrow. Then, open another app and click the Windows key + right arrow. Now, two windows are sharing your screen!

Switch apps 4:24

Pressing Ctrl + Alt + Tab will show you all the apps currently running on your PC.

Program management and troubleshooting 5:27

To avoid restarting your device and losing all your progress, try using the following combo: Ctrl + Shift + Esc or Command + Option + Escape if you’re working on a Mac.

Open File Explorer 6:17

Pressing the Windows key + E opens the file manager window on your PC. For Mac users, this is your Finder app.

Use the Magnifier 6:48

The Windows key combined with the + or – key will open the magnifier app, which allows you to zoom in and out wherever you point your cursor.

Take screenshots 7:41

Use the Windows key + Print Screen to take a screenshot and immediately save it in the Image folder on your hard drive.

Use Action Center 8:24

To open Bluetooth, simultaneously press the Windows key + A. For Mac users, your Notification Center is always a click away in the top right-hand corner.

Access the Settings 9:02

If you need more tweaking or access to more advanced parameters of your PC, you can have it all! Use the Windows key + I to do just that.

Talk to Cortana or Siri 9:22

To open Cortana on Windows in listening mode, press the Windows key + C. And to summon Siri on Mac OS, hold Command and Space together. “Hey, Siri!”

Use the Windows Game Bar 10:02

By pressing the Windows key + G you are able to access the Windows game bar feature which will allow you to capture the game moments instantly.  

Lock down your PC 11:20

If you suddenly need to step away from the computer but you don’t want anyone meddling in your stuff, you can quickly lock your user profile. Simply push the Windows key + L or Shift + Command + Q on a Mac.

 

 

 

 

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