You know we all have that one friend or co-worker whose computer skills make us feel like a Neanderthal. They barely touch the mouse their screen lights up with all kinds of tasks and boxes and their fingers go lightning fast on that keyboard. They even have time to casually chat with SIRI or Cortana and stream games afterward but this is no sorcery your friend is simply a whiz when it comes to HOTKEYS and you can be too.
Let’s start with a skill every computer maestro needs to know.
- Create A Virtual Desktop
Imagine you’re in the middle of some work project or research you’ve been doing all day when you need a deal to deal with another task immediately, opening new tabs in the window will just slow you down and mess up your workflow. So, you need a new clean desktop well just press the Windows key + Control + D OR Control+ UP (MAC). It will switch to a new fresh desktop and you are ready to go.
- Switch between Virtual Desktop
Okay, but where is all that precious work you were doing here before? Is it gone forever? Ahh, DON’T PANIC it’s just hiding. To get it back push the windows key + CTRL or Control KEY (MAC). Now you can switch between all the virtual desktops you’ve made by using the left and right arrow keys. When you are done with the second task ensure you’re done with the second task and you no longer need the desktop. You can close it by pressing the windows key+CTRL+F4.On a MAC hold down the Option Key and click on the X sign that appears over any open desktop spaces to close them.
- Return to the Desktop from APPS
If you have multiple apps open and need to use one hidden behind all those windows on your desktop. You don’t need to minimize them one by one, you can minimize them all at once by pressing the Windows Key+ M. You can also take a peek at your desktop with the window key+ comma OR Command+F3 (MAC). This is a handy little trick if you work with information from desktop widgets or if you really need to take a break for a second and look at the fluffy kittens or fields of calming green grass you use as your desktop wallpaper.
- Open an app from the taskbar
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. Each number represents an APP in your taskbar from the left to right and in this combo will bring up the necessary one. Unfortunately, there is no similar HOTKEY for MAC but I am pretty sure MAC users are quite content with the mac’s awesome app.
- Split-screen between two apps
Want to see a magic trick? Try this! 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! Checking facts in your academic work while directly at your resources, No problem! Photoshopping while watching bright side videos.
- Switch apps
There are several ways to effectively shift from one APP to another and to manage them on your desktop using HOTKEYS, Pressing Ctrl + Alt + Tab will show you all the apps currently running on your PC. Again Mac is known for rocking the app navigation game so it’s a bit easier on MAC Control+TAB (MAC).
- Program management and troubleshooting
Let’s go shoot us some trouble. Now note carefully, because you’ll want to remember this one. Everyone’s been there one program is stuck and won’t process anything even if you cry beg or try to bribe it to do so. 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. It’ll open the task manager which will help you force quit any malfunctioning app or stop that isn’t responding. Losing some data from one faulty program is not the same as all your data from all of them!
- Open File Explorer
Not all your APPs need to be on hand all the time for you to work faster. Some of them are standard programs built into your computer and there’s a quick and convenient way to access them. Pressing the Windows key + E opens the file manager window on your PC. For Mac users, this is your Finder app.
- Use The Magnifier
Ever dreamed of becoming one of those TV detectors that can find anything on any picture, No matter how tiny the image is. To enhance the image I need 10x zoom. Yeah, you can totally do that on your computer. 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. The same goes for MAC.
- Lock Down your PC
If you suddenly need to step away from the computer but 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.
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 to your productivity. These hotkey combinations will certainly come in handy for every Windows and OS X user! I hope World Report Box helped you in learn these amazing Shortcuts while using your Keyboard. Tell me in the Comment section what you want to learn. I am always to help through my BLOGS.