Regardless of the operating system you use on your computer, the keyboard hides a lot of secrets, which can ease your work and increase work speed and productivity. That, of course, if you know the most “happy” key combinations.
That’s why we’re introducing a list of 32 key combinations that will prove useful to any Windows or OS X user. Most of these combinations can be changed and tailored to your preferences and needs.
Key combinations for Windows
⊞ Win – opens the Start Menu, in Windows 8.1 – opens the previous window;
⊞ Win + A – opens the Action Center (in Windows 10);
⊞ Win + B – selects the first image in the Notification Area (then you can navigate between images using the arrow keys);
⊞ Win + Ctrl + B – switches to a program that indicates a new message in the Notification Area;
⊞ Win + C – shows “Charm bar” (in Windows 8 and 8.1); in Windows 10, open the Cortana Virtual Assistant (if you use an available language);
⊞ Win + D – shows the desktop (minimizes immediately all open windows);
⊞ Win + E – opens Windows Explorer; in Windows 10, open Quick Launch from default;
⊞ Win + F – opens “Find files and folders”;
⊞ Win + Ctrl + F – opens “Find computers”;
⊞ Win + G – brings all the gadgets that are in the process of processing (Windows 7 and Vista only); open “Game bar” in Windows 10;
⊞ Win + K – opens a new “Start menu” – Connections (in Windows 8 and 8.1);
⊞ Win + L – Changes the user or shuts down the computer;
⊞ Win + M – minimizes all windows;
⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + M – restores windows that have been minimized;
⊞ Win + O – Closes the computer orientation (disables the gyroscope function on tablets);
⊞ Win + P – switches operating modes to an external monitor / projector (only in Windows 7 and newer versions);
⊞ Win + Q – opens Search charm for installed applications;
⊞ Win + R – opens the “Run dialog” box;
⊞ Win + T – switches focus on Taskbar (only in Windows 7 and newer versions);
⊞ Win + U – opens “Utility manager”;
⊞ Win + W – opens Windows Ink Workspace (notes, screenshots);
⊞ Win + X – opens Windows Mobile Application Center (Windows Vista and 7 mobile computers only)
⊞ Win + Y – start Yahoo! Messenger (if installed)
Key combinations for OS X
Command + Up Arrow – immediately sends to the beginning of any web page;
Command + Down Arrow – immediately sends to the end of any webpage;
Command + Command + Scroll over the misspelled words of any document;
Command + 1 (2, 3) – Use this shortcut to navigate through the open tabs you have in your browser. Command + 1 will take you to the first tab, Command + 2 to the second, and so on;
Option + Delete – This useful shortcut will delete the words one after the other, as opposed to deleting them by letter. This command works in whole OS X, whether you are typing in TextEdit or even when writing a website address in the browser URL bar;
Command + H – quickly hides all windows open by the application that is currently active;
Command + Shift + T – instantly opens the most recently closed tab in your browser. This is great if you accidentally close a window and do not remember the URL.
Command + F3 – this useful shortcut immediately removes all application windows and lets you take a look at your desktop. To bring your applications back, press the same keys again;
Option + Shift + Volume Up / Volume down – Increases or decreases the volume of your computer in much smaller proportions. This is very useful when you try to match the volume as you want.
Which combination does it seem most useful to you? Do you know other such shortcuts?Please write them in the comments section.