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Windows Hotkeys for Improved Efficiency

by | Feb 14, 2022 | Blog, General IT

Improved Efficiency By Using Windows Hotkeys

It is widely acknowledged in the tech world that using Windows Hotkeys can save you a great deal of time. However, for many, these shortcuts are very alien and the idea of learning them appears a daunting and a time-consuming task.

Here are some factors for you to take into consideration when you next dismiss the thought about learning some new hotkeys.


Try using CTRL+A which selects all text and even images in the corresponding document. This would be a more tedious task if you used a mouse/mousepad compared to simply holding down CTRL and pressing the A key. After a while you will start to realise that using the hotkeys will let you do more with less effort.


Using hotkeys and mouse movement can complement each other greatly. Tasks like surfing the web can be done much easier with the mouse but also using the keyboard to navigate between tabs, within the pages or even copying text for references at the same time. This can create a fluent workflow as well as increase productivity.  

3.Health issues

Excessive usage of a mouse can cause issues such as R.S.I (Repetitive Syndrome Injury) more than keyboard usage. By using both mouse and keyboard you can reduce the risk and reduce fatigue in the wrists and fingers.

Using hotkeys, you can improve efficiency and productivity within few steps. Shortcut keys will lessen your work and decrease the time it takes for you to complete a task. Below we have listed some of the popular shortcut keys in Windows 10 to get you started.

⊞ WinDisplay or hide Start
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen the Task Manager
⊞ Win + MMinimize all windows
⊞ Win + Shift + MRestore all minimized windows
⊞ Win + ROpen the Run dialogue box
⊞ Win + F1 (some keyboards may require Win + Fn + F1)Open Windows Help and Support
⊞ Win + Plus (“+”)Zoom in using Magnifier
⊞ Win + Minus (“-“)Zoom out using Magnifier
⊞ Win + LLock your PC or switch accounts.
Alt + F4Close the active item or exit the active app
Alt + EnterDisplay properties for the selected item
Alt + SpacebarOpen shortcut menu for an active window
Ctrl + XCut the selected item
Ctrl + VPaste the selected item
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
F1 (some keyboards may require Fn + F1)Display help (app-specific)
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5Refresh the active window
F10Activate the menu bar in the active app
⊞ Win+ DDisplay and hide desktop

There are so many shortcuts to explore. Why not make it a daily job that you spend five minutes a day learning a new shortcut? We have included the below link which will take you to the windows support page. Here you will find all the windows shortcuts for each operating system.


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