Between the crtl and alt on the lower left of your keyboard, resides the Windows key. Some of you may know that pressing the Windows key opens the start menu but, did you know that there are a variety of other shortcuts that you can use to increase your productivity. Some of our favorites are listed below.
Windows key + L: Lock your device
Windows key + [Left][Right]: Position windows on your screen. For example, if you press Windows key + Left, it will position the current window to the left half of your screen. If you use Windows + Up afterward, the current window will be placed in the upper left quarter of your screen.
Windows key + D: Show the desktop and minimize all programs. If you press it again, it will reopen all your programs.
Windows key + […]: Open the programs that are pinned to the task bar. For example, if Word is the third program on your taskbar and you press the Windows Key + 3, then Word will open.
Windows key + Alt + Number: Open the right-click menu for the app pinned in the number position on the taskbar.
Windows key + A: Open the Windows notification center (only on Windows 10 devices).
Windows key + E: This will open the file explorer. This is how you get to your H: and K: drive.
Windows key + X: Opens a start menu that will quickly take you to task manager, control panel, and other useful settings.
Windows key + [+][-]: Zoom in or out on your current window.
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow: Maximizes the active window vertically while maintaining its width.
Windows key + Up: Maximized the selected window.
Windows key + Down: Minimizes the selected window.
Are there any you like to use? Comment below!
When you receive Windows 10, you may notice a new feature on your toolbar. This is the Task View pane. Task View allows you to see all of the programs that are currently open on your desktop and you will be able to toggle through them. However, this feature also allows you to create additional desktops.
Using multiple desktops can allow you to better organize your programs and job functions. You may want one desktop to keep your email and Skype for Business chat. On the next, you can have Excel, PRISM, and Word open. This can help you to organize your actions and see multiple things without having to minimize what you are working on.
To get the task view:
- There are multiple ways to get the task view open. You can click on the Task View button on the task bar.
- You can also press the Windows Key + Tab
To create a new desktop:
- In the Task View pane, click New Desktop to add another desktop.
- To open a new desktop quickly, you can press the Windows Key + Ctrl + D
To move items to the new desktop:
- To move a window from one desktop to another, open the Task View pane and then right-click the program you want to move. You will then see an option that says Move and select the desktop that you would like to move it to.
To move between desktops:
- When you want to move between each of your desktops, open the Task View pan and click on the desktop you want to move to.
- You can also do this by pressing the keyboard shortcuts Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrow.
To close a desktop:
- Open the Task View pane and hover over the desktop you would like to close. After a few seconds, a small X will appear in the upper right corner. Click the X to close the desktop.
- You can also close the desktop you are currently in by pressing Windows Key + Ctrl + F4. Please make note that this will not close the programs you have open. They will be moved to the first desktop.