Cool Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Have Known (For Windows Users Only, Sorry Mac Users!)

We use the keyboard on a laptop a lot. But what if I told you that more than half of the things you do can be minimized with the tap of a few keys? Yes, that’s right–there are many shortcuts, and you may have heard of a few that I’m about to list.

So the first ‘type’ of shortcuts is used for closing/locking anything on your laptop. Let’s say you’re on your web browser (e.g., Google, Firefox) and you want to close the current tab you’re on. Well, most people would drag their cursor up and click the ‘X’ on the top-right corner of the tab. But there is a smarter way–you can use a clever combination of ‘Ctrl’ and ‘W.’ And what if you want to close your entire window (basically closing your whole web browser)? There are two ways: the ‘Alt+f4’ (most commonly used) and ‘Ctrl+Shift+W’ combos. (The latter is more convenient, however, because ‘Ctrl,’ ‘Shift,’ and the ‘W’ keys are all right next to each other.)

Now, let’s say you want to turn off your laptop and go to the home screen. Normally, I suppose, you would have to close it manually and then re-open it. But don’t do this! Take the faster, smarter route–the ‘Windows Key + L’ combo. This ‘locks’ your laptop, which logs you out. Likewise, you can use the ‘Windows Key + D’ combo to minimize your screens, which will take you back to your desktop–once again, faster and smarter by far.

Now to address the opening aspect of keyboard shortcuts. Did you know, for instance, that you can use three fingers on your mousepad and swipe upwards (on the mousepad) to open up multi-tasking view. Swipe down with three fingers to return. And if you use those three fingers to tap the mousepad, it should open up your Windows panel. To open up your File Explorer without using your cursor, you can use the ‘Ctrl+S’ combo. This allows you to save the page that you’re on. Likewise, to search something up cursor-free, use ‘Ctrl+E,’ which will open up your search bar and you can begin typing right away.

There are other types of shortcuts. To zoom in, you use ‘Ctrl’ and ‘+’; to zoom out, ‘Ctrl’ and ‘-.’ To take a screenshot on Windows 10, use ‘Windows Key+Shift+S.’ To take a screenshot of your full page and have it saved automatically, use ‘Windows key + PrtScr.’ That should be right above your ‘Backspace’ key.

Those are all the shortcuts that I know! If you know of any that I failed to mention, be sure to let me know in the comments section below. Thank you for reading, and have a great rest of your day!

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