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I prefer to use shortcuts whenever possible. It’s kind of amazing how much time you can save by cutting out mouse clicks. Here are my top 20 shortcuts that you might not know about—but should. Shortcuts combine two or more keys to do something special that neither key does alone.

The Basics

  • Copy a selected item: Ctrl+C
  • Cut a selected item: Ctrl+X
  • Paste a selected item: Ctrl+V
  • Undo an action: Ctrl+Z
  • Redo that thing I just undid: Ctrl+Y
  • Select everything: Ctrl+A
  • Print: Ctrl+P

Manage Open Windows

  • Switch between open windows: Alt+Tab
  • Clear away everything and show the desktop: Windows logo key+D
  • Minimize the window: Windows logo key+Down Arrow
  • Maximize the window: Windows logo key+Up Arrow

Get even funkier with window management

  • Compare and contrast in a snap: Windows logo key+Left Arrow or Right Arrow
  • Multitask with multiple monitors: Windows logo key+Shift+Right Arrow or Left Arrow

Manage Tasks

  • Open Task Manager: Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Lock your PC or switch users: Windows logo key+L

Display Your Way

  • Choose a presentation display mode: Windows logo key+P
  • Zoom in, zoom out: Windows logo key+Plus Sign or Minus Sign

Few Tricks

  • Search for files and folders: Windows logo key+F
  • Open a new instance of a program: Windows logo key+Shift+Click a taskbar icon
  • And when you need it …get help: Windows logo key+F1

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