There is a key on my keyboard nestled between the Ctrl and Alt that I never use and have no idea of its purpose. I wouldn’t have even noticed it if Geoff wasn’t mucking, I mean messing around with my system set up. “I wasn’t mucking, I was improving.” Geoff poked me in the arm as he read over my shoulder. I told him changing equals mucking in my books. Back to the key. I had a number of programs open and Geoff wanted to look at my desktop so he clicked once and there it was. Normally I would have minimized each window one at a time so I was impressed he could do this so quickly. “How’d you do that?” I asked. It was Geoff’s turn to look puzzled. I pointed to all the minimized windows that were now listed along the bottom of the screen. “I just used the Microsoft Shortcut Key. You can do a number of really handy things with a single key stroke using this feature.” Geoff said. He gave me the following link to see a long list of shortcuts: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/keyboard-shortcuts#keyboard-shortcuts=windows-8 but said the half a dozen listed below will get me started. Hold both keys down at the same time to get the desired results.
- Windows Logo + D = Display the desktop
- Windows Logo + M = Minimize all the Windows
- Windows Logo + SHIFT + M = Restore all the minimized Windows
- Windows Logo + F = Search for a file or folder
- CTRL + Mouse Scroll Wheel = enlarge or reduce the size of the image on your screen
- CTRL + Z = Undo (handy for when the all important undo arrow icon isn’t available)
I have to say that I actually enjoyed scanning through the list of shortcuts. There were a number of them that I didn’t understand which in my world means don’t touch, but after finding six to share with you, I still wanted to add a few more so here they are:
- ALT + O = Display the Favourites Menu
- CTRL + A = Select All (handy for deleting the SPAM folder in my Inbox
- SHIFT + DELETE = Deletes item permanently without placing item in Recycle bin (why delete SPAM twice when you don’t have to?)
Lastly, to create a shortcut on your desktop to a file or program, RIGHT click the object, then click Create Shortcut and drag the new shortcut to an open area on the desktop. I don’t always have the best filing system in place so I use this option to keep templates like my business letterhead and fax coversheet right where I can see them.
I think this is the most pleasant thing I’ve learned about my computer in a while. I hope this helps you too.