We spend many hours doing work on the computer, and probably do a lot of clicking on your mouse to open, close, copy, paste and so on. But there is a better way to work!
Keyboard shortcuts, with almost no need to take your hands off the keyboard to move to the mouse. Keyboard shortcuts aren’t just ctrl + C, ctrl + V for copy and paste, here are our 17 shortcuts you should know.
- Change Language: Shift + Alt
Do you switch between Hebrew and English? Simply press Shift + Alt and it will change over.
- Rename a Folder: F2
Click on a folder and press F2, and rename! No more climbing and by mistake opening the folder.
- Clipboard manager: Windows Key + V
Sometimes you want to copy text from a web page and then paste inside a document, so instead of going back and forth between the two, copy the text as you go along by pressing ctrl +C, and when you’re ready to put in your document, simply press windows key + V to pull up all that you copied.
- Emoji Pull up: Windows Key + .
Want to add an emoji to your email? Click windows key + . (period) and voila! You have a new emoji keyboard.
- Zoom in and out: Windows Key + plus or minus sign
Need to zoom in to see something, or zoom out? Press windows key + – or +. Moving too fast? Try Ctrl + – or +/.
- Switch between open windows: Alt + Tab
You have many tabs open and want to quickly open a different one? Press and hold Alt + Tab, and click on the desired tab.
- Search a word in a page or document: Control + F
No more quick scanning long paragraphs for the word you need, just press Ctrl + F and type in the word you need.
- Highlight text: Shift + Arrow (right or left)
Need to copy specific words and not the whole line? Press Shift + Arrow (right or left) and highlight the text you need.
- Back in browse: Alt + Left Arrow
Want to go back a page? Don’t move your mouse for that. Press Alt + Left Arrow (or Right Arrow to go forward).
- Minimize all open screens: Windows Key + M
Working for a while and suddenly finding way to many tabs and programs open? Press windows key + M to minimize all open screens.
- File explorer: Windows Key + E
Need to find a file or folder? Press windows key + E to pull up File Explorer.
- Open programs that are pinned on the taskbar: Windows Key + 1 / 2 / 3
Your program pinned to the taskbar is meant for quick access, with this command it will be even quicker! Press windows key + 1 or 2 or 3 etc, and it will pull up the pinned program in order of numbers. The first app is 1 and so on.
- Paste only plain text: Ctrl + Shift + V
Do you often copy text from online and find that when pasted into an email or document, it brings along all weird shapes, sizes, and lines or pictures from the page? Next time paste by pressing Ctrl + Shift + V and only text will be pasted.
- Ctrl + Shift + T: Restore Closed Browser Tab
Did you just close an open tab that was really important? It’s not lost, press Ctrl + Shift + T and it will reopen that tab.
- Lock your computer: Windows Key + L
Time to go? Press windows key + L and the computer will lock.
That’s it for the keyboard, but the mouse is still useful, so these two tricks are a game changer:
- Open link in new tab: Click the scroll wheel of your mouse.
Trying to open many tabs can get annoying, you need to left click and press ‘open in new tab’. Forget about that. Using your mouse, click on a link with the scroll wheel of your mouse. You can also do this by holding the Control button on pressing on the link – useful if you’re using a mouse cursor.
- Close multiple tabs: Click the scroll wheel of your mouse.
Need to close many tabs, and can’t seem to hit the x on the first try? Click on the scroll wheel of your mouse on that tab, and it will close it.