20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows you must know

20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows

20 most important keyboard shortcuts  – Windows is a very interesting operating system where we will find something new every day. And in windows, the  “Shortcut” is a word which helps to make our work easier and take less time as it cuts off the extra work and connects our activity directly to the results/outputs. If you want to perform any activity on your computer, it comprises of many small activities such as cut, copy, paste, print, etc, and at that time we needed a shortcut which directly and at that time, these keyboard shortcuts will help us.

So, let’s start with the 20 most important keyboard shortcuts you must know.

20 most important keyboard shortcuts you must know

So, my friend, let’s take a look at the 20 most important keyboard shortcuts you should use in your daily life on Microsoft Windows computer. keep this thing in mind the some of the shortcuts are exclusively available for that latest version of windows. So, for verifying them, try to use all the shortcuts on your system, if they are not outputting anything, then it might be not for your windows version.


Some basic & most important windows keyboard shortcuts

Ctrl+Z: Undo

If you are doing anything (let’s say writing an article) and mistakenly delete some paragraphs or move them to the wrong place, at that time just press ctrl+z and all the activity will be rolled back. This one is an absolute lifesaver.

Ctrl+W: Close

This shortcut will close down the window which was opened previously, saving your time to get up to the mouse, hover the close button and then close it. This shortcut is universal and you can use it everywhere on the Windows operating system. So use clrl+W to close anything instead of a mouse.

Ctrl+A: Select all

Ctrl+A - 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows
Ctrl+A – 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows

This command helps you to select all files, texts, videos, audio anything which is opened in the current window of yours. Suppose you open a folder and want to move all files to another folder, so in this case, you have to only press Ctrl+A and all files will be selected automatically.

Alt+Tab: Switch apps

Suppose You recently opened chrome, and then opened a folder and then opened a word document, in this case, you will use your mouse to jump to each other applications. But this shortcut Alt+tab will help you to make your work easier. just use Alt+tab and you can easily flick through all the windows opened currently on your desktop

Alt+F4: Close apps

If you want to close any software or application, then just use the Alt+F4 shortcut and it will close that application immediately. Don’t worry about losing unsaved work with this command- it will prompt you to save your documents before closing them.

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For Better Windows navigation

Win+D: Show or hide the desktop

If you directly want to see the desktop or browse any file from desktop, you can use this shortcut. Win+D will automatically minimise all the windows and you can see your desktop by using only 2 keys. No matter how many windows are opened, it will minimise all of them.6

Win+left arrow or Win+right arrow: Snap windows

Win+RIGHT ARROW - 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows
Win+RIGHT ARROW – 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows

If you want that the window which is currently opened should display on left side of the screen, the simply tap win+left arrow and that’s done. Same will be applied from the right side, just us a win+right arrow shortcut.

Win+Tab: Open the Task view

From this shortcut, you can simply toggle between all the tabs and programs by first seeing the thumbnail of all the running apps and tabs. Ths is basically an advanced version of application switcher, it will show you preview and thumbnails for better info.

Tab and Shift+Tab: Move backward and forward through options

Suppose f you’re filing a form consisting many dialog boxes, then in this case, after filling up one box, you will hover the mouse and click the second box. But no, if you use these commands cycle forwards (Tab) or backward (Shift+Tab), then it will automatically jump you to the second one.

Ctrl+Esc: Open the Start menu

Start menu- 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows
Start menu- 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows

If you want to open the start menu, simply use the shortcut “Ctrl+Esc” and rest of the work will be done automatically. You can also use arrow buttons or Tab to navigate the menu.

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Some Advanced Navigation tricks  – [ 20 most important keyboard shortcuts ]

F2: Rename

If you want to rename any single file, then use tab/arrows for navigation and go to the file, after reaching use the function key F2 which will open a dialog box to rename the file. Simply add your desired name and then save it. Very easy and quick way!

F5: Refresh

That’s a very common function key. You can simply use the F5 button to refresh anything which is opened currently on the screen. After refreshing, you can see all latest changes and add-ons on that folder, web page, etc.

Win+L: Lock your computer

If you want to lock the computer immediately or don’t want that others will see you that you’re locking your PC for a moment, then simply use the shortcut Win+L and your windows machine will be locked immediately. For unlocking, simply type your password and hit enter.

Win+I: Open Settings

If you want to directly open the settings window the computer, simply hit the button Win+I and it will directly open the settings center of your Windows. Keep this thing in mind that for this, your windows should be upgraded to its latest version.

Win+F: Search Windows

If you want to search anything in any file or folder, then you can easily do it by using win+F and it will open a dialog box to enter the name of the file, simply enter the file name and hit “enter”. Rest of the work will be done by windows itself.

Win+PrtScn: Save a screenshot

Wanna just found and grabbed some important information and want to save it as a Picture file, then simply Win+prtsrc button available on the upper side of your keyboard, it will automatically save the image file containing the screenshot into the default folder.

Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Open the Task Manager

Task manager - 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows
Task manager – 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows

If you want to directly open the task manager of windows [basically task manager contains all the details of programs and processes running currently on your windows] then you can use the shortcut ctrl+shift+esc. It will open the task manager no matter what you are doing on your system.

Win+C: Start talking to Cortana

If you want to directly talk t the digital assistant “Cortana” then you can use Win+C shortcut. But before doing this keep this thing in mind that you have to first setup the shortcut be going into the settings like this: Open Cortana from the taskbar search box, click the cog icon, and turn on the keyboard shortcut.

Win+Ctrl+D: Add a new virtual desktop

From this shortcut, you can directly open a new virtual desktop on the second screen connected to your computer. Virtual desktops create secondary screens where you can stash some of your open applications and windows, which gives you extra workspace. Yes, it splits your work which makes the overall mess cleaner than before. Then you can move any running program to the second screen and split your overall set of running programs into 2 different parts by opening it on the second screen.

Win+X: Open the hidden menu

Windows Mobility center - 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows
Windows Mobility center – 20 most important keyboard shortcuts for windows

Windows has its hidden toggle menu popularly know as “windows mobility center” in which you can see all the quick toggle settings of some important activities like wifi, brightness, device manager, audio, battery,  etc. you can set all the things on the one plc and don’t need To Set it up individually.

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So friend, above are the 20 most important keyboard shortcuts. Some things which are to keep in mind are given below:-

  • Some shortcuts are only available for the latest Windows operating system version, so please cross-check once by applying shortcut n your system, it there will be no output then yes, it neeses higher version of windows.
  • Some shortcuts are only applicable when there is an external hardware connected to your system [like a secondary monitor for win+ctrl+D]. So, keep calm and move on.

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