Windows contains a lot of built-in shortcuts to work faster and get things done quickly. These shortcuts help you become more productive, however, there are some of these quick shortcuts may not be familiar to you yet. Some of these shortcuts are either ignored or never been used because most users are not aware of their existence.

Here are some of the best shortcuts that make use of both the mouse and keyboard to work faster in Windows.

1. F2

Do you know that there is a straightforward way of renaming files other than right-clicking on it and selecting Rename? To rename a file, simply select it, then press [F2], and you’re ready to type in the new name you want to rename it to.

2. CTRL + Drag Files and Folders

If you ever want to copy files from one folder to the other as quickly as possible, then just hold down the [Ctrl] key and drag the file(s) from source to your preferred folder destination. This action will quickly copy the files and folders from one folder to another.

3. Shift + Drag Files and Folders

To move files and folders from one location to another, you don’t need to use two separate shortcuts in order to accomplish that simple task. All you need to do is hold down the [Shift] button and then drag the files or folders from source to your preferred destination. This action will quickly move or transfer the files or folders from one place to the other.

4. ALT + Drag Files and Folders

Usually, people use the right-click context menu if they want to create a shortcut for a file or folder. Little do they know that there’s another faster wayto create a shortcut: simply drag and drop the file or folder while holding down the [Alt] key on your keyboard.

5. ALT + Space

Even though not everyone uses the System Menu anymore, it’s still considered a handy menu to minimize, maximize, and restore a window in Windows. To quickly access the System Menu, simply press the [Alt] + Spacebar shortcut keys.

6. Shift + Right Click

Unlike the usual right-click context menu in Windows Explorer, you can open the extended context menu for some extra hidden options. To do that, just hold down the [Shift] key, and then right-click.

7. CTRL + Shift + Right Click on the Taskbar

If your Windows Explorer is acting weird and hanging, one effective fix is to restart it. To do it, press [Ctrl] + [Shift] + Right-click on the taskbar, and then select Exit Explorer. Of course, if you are using Windows 8 or 10, you can restart the Explorer from the task manager.

8. CTRL + F5

If in case you want to completely refresh a webpage while invalidating the local cache, then use [Ctrl] + [F5]. Using this shortcut instructs your browser to clear the cache of the said webpage and will request a new copy from the server.

9. ALT + Double Click or ALT + Enter

When you do an [Alt] + double click on any file or folder, it will quickly open the Properties window. It’s a helpful shortcut to access file and folder properties like size, permissions, and many others.

10. Win + T

Using Win + [T], you can quickly cycle through all the icons on your taskbar, It’s really a helpful shortcut if you don’t want to use the mouse just to open the app from the taskbar.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:36:37 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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