In Windows there are a lot of built-in shortcuts to work faster and get everything done. Most of these shortcuts are right under your fingertips, and using them you can be more productive. But like many things in Windows, these shortcuts are either ignored or never used because most users don’t even know that they exist. Here are some of the best keyboard shortcuts that use both the mouse and the keyboard to work faster in Windows.
Many users try to rename a file or files by right clicking and then choosing the option “Rename”. But do you really know that there is a simple way to do this? To rename a file, just select it, press F2 and rename it whatever you want.
2. CTRL + Drag files and folders
If you want to quickly copy files from one folder to another, then simply hold down the CTRL key and drag the file from source to destination. This action will copy files and folders from one place to another.
3. Shift + Drag files and folders
To move files and folders from one place to another, you don’t really have to use two separate keyboard shortcuts. All you have to do is hold the “Shift” button and drag the files or folders from source to destination. This action moves the file from one place to another.
4. ALT + Drag files and folders
Most people use the right-click context menu to create a shortcut to a file or folder. However, another quick way to create a shortcut is to drag and drop a file or folder while holding down the ALT key on your keyboard.
5. ALT + Space
Although not everyone uses the System Menu anymore, it’s a handy menu to quickly minimize, maximize, and restore a window in Windows. To quickly access the System Menu, just press the shortcut “ALT + Spacebar”.
6. Shift + Click on an application on the Taskbar
Have you ever wondered how to open multiple instances of the same application? It is very simple; All you have to do is hold down the Shift key and then click the application icon on the taskbar. This action opens another example of the application. Mind you, this only works with applications that support multiple instances.
7. CTRL + Click on the application on the Taskbar
If you have multiple windows open for the same app, it can be quite frustrating to move back and forth between them. Luckily, you can cycle through multiple windows of the same application by holding down the CTRL button and clicking the application icon on the taskbar.
8. Shift + Right click
Unlike the usual right-click context menu in Windows Explorer, you can open the expanded context menu for some hidden options. To do that just hold down the “Shift” key and right click.
9. CTRL + Shift + Right click the Taskbar
If Explorer is acting weird and hanging, then restarting Explorer is the best thing to do. To do that, “CTRL + Shift + Right Click” on the taskbar and then choose the option “Exit Explorer.” Of course, if you are using Windows 8 or 10, you can restart Explorer from task manager.
10. CTRL + F5
If you want to completely refresh the web page while invalidating the local cache then use “CTRL + F5”. When you use this shortcut, the browser will clear the website cache and will request a fresh copy from the server.
11. ALT + Double click or ALT + Enter
When you “ALT + Double Click” on any file or folder, it will quickly open the properties window. This is a useful shortcut for accessing file and folder properties like size, permissions, etc.
12. CTRL + Double click or CTRL + Enter
If you want to open a folder in a new window in Windows Explorer then simply use the keyboard shortcut “CTRL + Double Click” or select the file and press the keyboard shortcut “CTRL + Enter”.
13. Shift + Click the Close button
If you have opened a bunch of folders using the above shortcut “CTRL + Double Click”, then closing all windows manually is ineffective. In those situations, hold down the Shift key and click the Close button. This action will close the target window along with its main windows.
14. Win + T
Using “Win + T” you can quickly scroll through all the icons on your taskbar. It’s a really useful shortcut if you hate using the mouse just to open an app from the taskbar.
15. Win + Home
If your desktop is cluttered with too many windows, then hit the shortcut “Win + Home” to minimize all apps except the one that’s the focus.
16. CTRL + Shift + Arrow key
While editing a document or writing something, sometimes you need to quickly select a bunch of text for whatever reason. Usually, most of us use “Shift + Arrow Keys” to do this. But to do it faster use the shortcut “CTRL + Shift + Arrow Keys” as it will select words and paragraphs rather than individual characters.
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