14 secret hidden keyboard combinations that few people know about
Many people think that the “Win” button is just for opening the “Start” menu. Everyone must know by now that Windows is a family of operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. Launched in 1985, the brand has become the most widely used software worldwide.
Not everyone knows, however, that the “Win” button can be used in combination with other keys to perform certain tasks. The combinations below make it easier to work on a computer and help save us some precious time. See below some 14 combinations that include the Windows button used with some other keys:
1. ALT + Backspace
Who hasn’t deleted a piece of text without meaning to? Well, this combination undoes the text deletion and brings back the word or sentence that was deleted so that you do not need to type everything again.
2. CTRL + ALT + TAB
This combination allows you to see the windows currently open and navigate between them.
3. ALT + F4
This key combination was created to close a window or a program.
F2 allows you to rename files and/or folders.
5. CTRL + SHIFT + T
This one reopens the most recently closed tab.
6. Windows + L
This combination, as shown in the image, logs off.
7. CTRL + SHIFT + N
Would you like to create new folder? There is nothing easier. Just press CTRL + SHIFT + N.
8. CTRL + SHIFT + N
On Google Chrome, it opens a private browser tab.
9. CTRL + T
This combination opens a new tab in any browser.
10. CTRL + ALT + DEL
Opens the task manager or the security center, depending on the Windows version.
11. CTRL + SHIFT + ESC
Opens the task manager.
12. ALT + TAB
Switches between browser windows.
13. CTRL + Esc
These keys lead you to the Direct Start Menu.
14. Windows + TAB
Allows you to see all currently open windows on your computer. Much better than the alt + tab combination seen before Windows 7
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Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert
Both Ctrl + C and Ctrl + Insert will copy the highlighted text or selected item. If you want to cut instead of copy press Ctrl + X.
Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert
Both the Ctrl + V and Shift + Insert will paste the text or object that's in the clipboard.
Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
Undo any change. For example, if you cut text, pressing this will undo it. This can also often be pressed multiple times to undo multiple changes. Pressing Ctrl + Y would redo the undo.
Ctrl + F
Pressing Ctrl + F opens the Find in any program. This includes your Internet browser to find text on the current page.
Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab
Quickly switch between open programs moving forward. Tip: Press Ctrl + Tab to switch between tabs in a program. Tip: Adding the Shift key to Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Tab will move backwards. For example, if you are pressing Alt + Tab and pass the program you want to switch to, press Alt + Shift + Tab to move backwards to that program. Tip: Windows Vista and 7 users can also press the Windows Key + Tab to switch through open programs in a full screenshot of the Window.
Ctrl + Back space and Ctrl + Left or Right arrow
Pressing Ctrl + Backspace will delete a full word at a time instead of a single character. Holding down the Ctrl key while pressing the left or right arrow will move the cursor one word at a time instead of one character at a time. If you wanted to highlight one word at a time, you can hold down Ctrl + Shift and then press the left or right arrow key to move one word at a time in that direction while highlighting each word.
Ctrl + S
While working on a document or other file in almost every program, pressing Ctrl + S saves that file. This shortcut key should be used frequently anytime you're working on anything important.
Ctrl + Home or Ctrl + End
Ctrl + Home will move the cursor to the beginning of the document and Ctrl + End will move the cursor to the end of a document. These shortcuts work with most documents, as well as web pages.
Ctrl + P
Print the current page or document being viewed. For example, press Ctrl + P now to print this page. Page Up, Space bar, and Page Down Pressing either the page up or page down key will move that page one page at a time in that direction. When browsing the Internet, pressing the space bar also moves the page down one page at a time. Tip: If you are using the space bar to go down one page at a time, press the Shift key and space bar to go up one page at a time.
Ctrl + O
Allows you to select and open a file within the current software program. This works in most programs, including Internet browsers.
After highlighting or selecting a file, pressing F2 changes the file name to be editable, allowing you to rename the file.
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