Computers & Technology

Keyboard Hotkeys

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The following Windows Hotkeys for Windows XP up to Windows 8 give you quick access to many functions:

Windows Key + F = Search for anything on your computer

Windows Key + Q = Search installed Apps (8 only)

Windows Key + W = Search settings (8 only)

Windows Key + , = temporarily peek at desktop (8 only)

Windows Key + D = Show desktop

Windows Key + M = Show desktop, minimise all windows.

Windows Key + Shift + M = Restore all minimised windows.

Windows Key + . OR Shift . = Snap Windows 8 App to right OR left (split screen multi-tasking)

Windows Key + ? OR ? = Snap desktop window to left or right.

Windows Key + ? OR ? = Maximise or minimise window

Windows Key + X = Windows 8 Advanced Windows Settings Menu (eg. shutdown).

Windows Key + Page Up/Page Down= Move Start Screen and apps to secondary monitor on left/right

Windows Key + Print Screen = Take screenshot, Edit > Paste in image editor (Windows 8 instantly saves in Pictures folder)

Alt + Print Screen = Capture focused window only, then Edit > Paste in an image editor like Paint.

Windows Key + Pause|Break = System Properties (eg. Windows version, Processor, RAM).

Windows Key + P = Choose secondary display modes.

Windows Key + U = Open Ease of Access Centre

Windows Key + Enter = Open Narrator

Windows Key + Plus (+) Key or Minus (-) Key = Zoom in or out using Magnifier

Windows Key + Esc (Escape) = Exit Magnifieru

Windows Key + Spacebar (or Shift + Spacebar) = Switch input language and keyboard layout.

Alt + F4 = This will either: Quit Windows 8 app, or exit program, or shutdown computer if all windows minimised.

Windows Key + E = Open Windows Explorer window.

Windows Key + L = Lock PC and go to lock screen.

Alt + ? OR ? = Navigate forward or go back in any Internet browser.

Ctrl + Mousewheel = Zoom view type in Explorer, Zoom view in any internet browser

Fast Windows shutdown: Windows Key + M then Alt + F4 then Enter.

More useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac platforms and many programs can be found at www.shortcutworld.com

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