Basic Windows keyboard shortcuts that will make your life a little easier

The Microsoft Office 365 suite is providing businesses with innovative ways to collaborate and streamline their work. In an era where everything needs to happen almost instantaneously, productivity can be boosted even more when we know a few shortcuts.

In this regard, here are some Windows keyboard shortcuts that you can add to your arsenal to work more efficiently.

1. Use File Explorer to find exactly what you’re looking for

You might know this one already. To open File Explorer and navigate to specific files on your computer from there, simply press the Windows logo key (located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left side of the keyboard) + E.

2. Screenshots in an instant

Most of us know how to capture an image of our screens on our cellphones, but when we want to take a screenshot on our computers, copious amounts of Googling is required. It’s much simpler to just press the Windows logo key + Shift + S, and then drag the cursor over the area on the screen that you’d like to capture. The captured image will be saved to the clipboard, from where it can be saved elsewhere, or sent along.

3. Copy and paste text mouse-free

Are you still right-clicking when you want to copy and paste text or files? Save a few steps by selecting the text or the file that you’d like to copy by clicking on it with the mouse, then pressing Ctrl + C on the keyboard, and then pasting it where you want by pressing Ctrl + V. To cut and paste quickly, select the file in question and press Ctrl + X on the keyboard, then press Ctrl + V to paste it somewhere else.

4. Switch between windows with ease

It can be arduous to look for a specific open window by using the computer mouse. A quicker and easier way to do this is to hold down the Alt key and to then press the Tab key repeatedly, until you’ve found the window you were looking for. Now release the Alt key.

5. Navigate to the desktop

Feeling overwhelmed by too many open tabs? Restore the calm and navigate directly to the desktop without painstakingly minimising hundreds of open windows. Do this by pressing the Windows logo key + D.

You might not think these keyboard shortcuts make that much of a difference, but one day of using them will save you a lot of time. When time is of the essence and every second counts, you’ll be grateful you did.

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