Productivity Windows

Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About

Tina Sieber 11-12-2019

We have become so addicted to the mouse, that we do not realize how much it disrupts our workflow. Every time you reach out for it, you’re losing a tiny bit of focus and time. And have you ever accidentally knocked something over while trying to get hold of your mouse?


The keyboard on the other hand is far more powerful than we know. And don’t we have our hands all over it anyways? There are a few cool keyboard tricks Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More that can help you save time and make you more productive.

Here is a list of the most handy Windows, Office, Chrome, and Firefox keyboard shortcuts. We’ve also included universal keyboard shortcuts that have a function in multiple applications.


These keyboard shortcuts are specific to Windows. We’ve tested them on Windows 10, but most also work on previous versions of Windows.

High Contrast: SHIFT + ALT + PRINT

In its default setting, this shortcut opens a warning window before applying any changes. Click Yes or simply hit Return to switch to the high contrast setting.

Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About High Contrast


This will enlarge the font on all open windows and change colors to high contrast. For example, the desktop will turn black, what was black text on white background before will be reversed. Clicking the same key combination again reverts the changes.

Rotate Screen: CTRL + ALT + UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT Arrow

This won’t work on every machine as it depends on your graphics card and video drivers. However, if it does work, it will rotate your desktop. It’s also the quickest way to play a trick on an unsuspecting victim.

You can make this change permanent through display settings. Head to the Settings app (press Windows key + I) and go to System > Display. Here you can change the Orientation from Landscape to Portrait or a flipped (upside down) version of the two.

Have you ever done this accidentally and couldn’t figure out what happened? Take a look at this and other keyboard shortcuts users hit by mistake Oops! 10 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting by Mistake Find that your keyboard won't type properly? Here are common keyboard shortcuts that cause issues and how to fix them. Read More .


Switch Between Open Windows: ALT + TAB

This keyboard shortcut launches a layover window that shows all open programs. Hold onto the ALT key and click the TAB key to move to the next application. Release both keys to open the selected window.

Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About ALT TAB Shortcut 670x195

You can reverse the direction by holding ALT + SHIFT while pressing the TAB key.

Delete Without Confirmation: SHIFT + DEL

Do you hate these nagging windows asking you whether you really want to do this or that. If you want to quickly delete something, without being harrassed for a confirmation, use this shortcut.


Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About Delete File

Do you want to make the instant delete route your default setting? Right click the Recycle Bin on your desktop, select Properties, and remove the checkmark next to Display delete confirmation dialog.

Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About Recycle Bin Properties

Should you ever run into trouble deleting a file in use How to Delete a File in Use by Another Program Windows says your file is in use because it's open in another program? We show you how to force rename, delete, or move the file. Read More , we’ve got you covered.


Show Desktop / Restore Open Windows: Windows key + D

Rather than moving your mouse into the bottom right corner of your screen to see your desktop, press this keyboard shortcut. Press it again to restore your windows exactly as they were before.

Lock System: Windows key + L

You should never leave your desktop unattended. Before you head out to the loo or to grab another coffee, press this keyboard shortcut to lock your system. When you return and log back in, all programs and windows will appear the way you left them.

If you can’t be bothered to type in your super secure Microsoft password every time you log back into your desktop, set a short PIN instead PIN or Password? What to Use in Windows 10 Windows 10 allows you to sign into your PC using several methods. The two most popular are passwords and PINs. Let's examine the differences between them and decide which is best for you. Read More .

Run Command Prompt as Administrator: Windows key + R, type cmd, hold CTRL + SHIFT, hit ENTER

This is one complex chain of commands. But if you manage to do it right, you’ll have instant Administrator access to the command prompt Essential Windows CMD Commands You Should Know The bleak interface of the command prompt is your gateway to advanced Windows tools. We show you essential CMD commands that will let you access them. Read More .

Unfortunately, this shortcut doesn’t seem to work anymore as of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Alternatively, press Windows key + X to open the Quick Access Menu, then use the UP/DOWN arrow keys to move the Command Prompt (Admin) entry, and hit ENTER.

Shut Down: Windows key + X, U, I / U / R / H / S

You can shut Windows down with a few button clicks. It all starts with Windows key + X to open the Quick Access Menu, followed by the U key to expand the Shut down or sign out options. Finally, press I to sign out, U to shut down, R to restart, H to hibernate, and S to sleep.

Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About Shut Down Keyboard Shortcuts 670x240

Create Your Own Desktop Keyboard Trick

Are there folders or applications you need a lot? Why not create your own keyboard shortcut to quickly access these tools.

Note: This will only work for shortcuts located on your desktop!

First you need to create an actual desktop shortcut. In Windows 10, this has become a little more tricks. Right-click on the application in its program folder or send it from the Start Menu to the Taskbar and SHIFT + right-click its Taskbar icon, then select Create Shortcut from the context menu.

Make sure the shortcut sits on your desktop. Now right-click the shortcut and select Properties. You should see a line that says Shortcut Key: None. Click that line and then click a letter on your keyboard, for example P. This will create a shortcut, here CTRL + ALT + P.

desktop shortcut

And there you go, now you have your own personal shortcut key.

Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox

Here we’ve picked keyboard shortcuts that work in both browsers and possibly in other browsers too.

Jump to Open Tabs: CTRL + [tab #1-9]

Rather than scrolling through all your open tabs, you can quickly navigate to a specific tab 12 Gorgeous Chrome New Tab Extensions You've Probably Never Tried You open a new tab when you have a destination in mind, so your eyes are going to rest on it only for a few seconds. Wouldn't you like the tab to look beautiful? Read More if you know its position. For example, clicking CTRL + 4 will jump to tab number 4 (from the left). With CTRL + 9 you will jump to the very last tab, no matter how many you have open.

Move Through Tabs: CTRL + TAB or CTRL + SHIFT + TAB

Got too many tabs open for the previous shortcut to be useful? Like in Windows, you can use the CTRL + TAB shortcut to move through all of your open tabs from left to right. Add the SHIFT key to move from right to left.

Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About Tab Switch

Close Tab: CTRL + F4

A quick, mouseless way to close a tab.

Open Closed Tab/s: CTRL + SHIFT + T

Did you accidentally close that tab? Restore it using this key combination.

Scroll PageDown or PageUp: SPACEBAR or SHIFT + SPACEBAR

Give your mouse wheel a break and use the spacebar to move up and down a website.

Toggle Full Screen: F11

Quickly change into full screen mode.

Microsoft Office

Office offers a crazy amount of keyboard shortcuts How to Find Every Microsoft Office Keyboard Shortcut You Could Ever Need Finding a complete list of keyboard shortcuts can be a chore. Let Word automatically generate a list of all of its shortcuts! You'll find keyboard shortcuts for other Office applications, too. Read More . We’ll only be able to highlight the most useful ones here.


  • Close a spreadsheet: CTRL + W
  • Open a spreadsheet: CTRL + O
  • Choose a fill color: ALT + H, H

For more everyday Microsoft Excel keyboard shortcuts 35 Everyday Microsoft Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows & Mac Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time! Use these Microsoft Excel shortcuts to speed up working with spreadsheets on Windows and Mac. Read More or how to create your own Excel keyboard shortcuts How to Make Your Own Excel Keyboard Shortcuts the Easy Way Looking to make Excel your own? Here are the best ways to create custom keyboard shortcuts. Read More , check out the respective article.


  • Change the font size for selected text: Alt + H, F, S
  • Insert a picture: ALT + N, P
  • Insert a shape: ALT + H, S, H
  • Select a theme: ALT + G, H
  • Select a slide layout: ALT + H, L


  • Open a new OneNote window: CTRL + M
  • Dock the OneNote windows: CTRL + ALT + D
  • Bring up the context menu for anything currently in focus: SHIFT + F10


  • New message: CTRL + SHIFT + M
  • Reply: ALT + H, R, P
  • Forward: ALT + H, F, W
  • Send: ALT + S
  • Insert File: ALT + N, A, F


  • Close active window or document: CTRL + W
  • Format all letters as capitals: CTRL + SHIFT + A
  • Save as: ALT, F, A
  • Insert Table of Contents: ALT, S, T, I
  • Full Screen Mode: ALT, W, F

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve compiled a more wholesome list in our piece on Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts 60 Essential Microsoft Office Keyboard Shortcuts for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Hundreds of keyboard shortcuts are available in Office, but these are the most important ones you should know because they will save you a lot of time. Read More .

Universal Keyboard Tricks

The following keyboard shortcuts will work in most programs across Windows.

Undo and Redo: CTRL + Z and CTRL + Y

I’m sure you all know that you can undo changes using the CTRL + Z shortcut. It’s the best shortcut to remember when you’ve messed up 5 Windows Tricks to Help You Recover from PC Accidents All progress aside, Windows 10 still contains countless traps for unsuspecting users. Thankfully, disaster is preventable and mistakes can be undone. We show you common Windows accidents and how to recover from them. Read More . Yes, we all wish this feature existed in real life.

Did you know that you can also undo an undo, i.e. redo what you did using the CTRL + Y key combination? This feature is most useful, however, when you have to repeat a task, like pasting the same information into several locations.

Close Windows: ALT + F4

This will rapidly close the current window in focus. You could also use it to shut down your browser, including all open tabs. Note that CTRL + Z won’t work here. And CTRL + SHIFT + T — to restore browser tabs — only works if another browser window is still open.

Zoom: CTRL + Mouse Wheel or Touchpad Scroll

With high resolution screens, we often find that text on websites is way too small to read properly. Here is a little trick that can quickly increase the font size for better reading. Yes, it does require your mouse, though you could use your touchpad instead How to Get the Most Out of Your Touchpad in Windows 10 Your Windows 10 laptop touchpad has potential beyond being a poor mouse replacement. We'll show you how to set it up to use smart touch gestures with up to four fingers. Read More .

While you hold down the CTRL key, move your mouse wheel to increase or decrease the font size. When used in the Windows File Explorer, this shortcut will cycle through different Layout settings.

Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About File Explorer

This is very useful for making a website fit your window size, rather than to adapt the browser window. Or you could use it to quickly change the zoom level in a Word document. Press CTRL + 0 to restore the default zoom level.

Keyboard Tricks Mastered

Now that you’ve seen them, you only have to remember all these keyboard shortcut tricks. The key is picking the shortcuts you’ll use often and you’ll eventually commit them to muscle memory. Your mouse will soon feel lonely.

If you find that your keyboard is on the fritz, check out this guide on how to fix a laptop keyboard. In addition, we’ve looked at the best all-in-one keyboards The 10 Best Wireless All-in-One Keyboards for Mac and PC Wireless all-in-one keyboards can transform any computer into a home theater system. But which one should you buy? Read More you should try and you can also check out how to choose the perfect keyboard for your tasks How to Choose the Perfect Keyboard for Your Typing Tasks Planning to buy a new keyboard? Need one that is comfortable and reliable, or just cheap? Here's how to choose a new keyboard. Read More .

Related topics: Google Chrome, Keyboard Shortcuts, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 2016, Microsoft Word, Mozilla Firefox.

Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the site alive. Read more.

Whatsapp Pinterest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. emma wiz
    May 12, 2019 at 6:48 am

    k thank emma wiz da wizard 2 be =(a1+a2) success

  2. Tony
    June 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Great article

  3. RealJCK
    June 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    One of my favorite Windows shortcut that noone talk about is Alt + double click on a file to directly see its properties.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 14, 2017 at 3:50 am

      That's a great one, thank you for sharing!

    • Joe Beck
      June 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Alt+Enter also works for properties

    • Kasey
      October 14, 2017 at 12:55 am

      I look at properties of files all the time, and somehow never knew this shortcut. Thank you!

  4. John Brooking
    June 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    You missed some of my favorite ones, for moving around in text. These work in most text situations, including this comments box. I love not having to move my hand over to the mouse every time I want to reposition the cursor.

    Obviously, there is the up arrow, down arrow, PgUp, and PgDn.

    Less obvious ones are
    Home: Beginning of current line
    Ctrl-Home: Beginning of document or text box
    End: End of current line
    Ctrl-End: End of document or text box
    Ctrl-Left or Right Arrow: Move left or right by word

    Holding down shift while doing any of these selects all text between the current cursor position and the new cursor position.

    • Tina Sieber
      June 14, 2017 at 3:51 am

      These are super useful, thank you for sharing, John!

  5. Coach
    April 12, 2017 at 12:23 am

    My Favorite is
    which once opened the DEVICE MANAGER directly
    but now opens the Win Sys screen which has DEVICE MANAGER on it.

  6. kamal singh
    May 18, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Thanku so mush for help

    March 2, 2016 at 1:09 am

    ........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...')
    ..........''...\.......... _.·´

    • Kimberly
      March 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      EAT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ty
      June 20, 2016 at 11:23 am


      • Tina Sieber
        June 20, 2016 at 5:41 pm

        • Basher
          July 22, 2016 at 5:30 am

          Can u share me this clap...?

        • Nura
          August 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

          nice comment

  8. Anonymous
    July 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you for your help!
    By the way my name is alfa arthur

  9. DeniswithouttheE
    April 18, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for your help!!!!
    Plz make part 2!!!!

  10. Emma Tassier
    April 5, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Hey, is Sebrina on, and thanks MAKEUSEOF for all of the info

  11. HarryhatesStyles
    April 5, 2015 at 1:22 am

    By the way my name is Timothy Clurry

  12. Chloe-Tressebelle123
    April 5, 2015 at 1:21 am

    I love that name, Harry, or whoever you are:
    Check it: ZaynhatesMalik
    Just JKING I love 1 DIRECTION, I bet u do 2

  13. HarryhatesStyles
    April 5, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Me, i'm a GEEK and I didn't know this stuff, ITS SICK (in a good way) ITS ALSO AWWWESOMEEE

  14. Carla&GraceBFFS
    April 5, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Hi guys, has anyone found this stuff useful!

  15. Sebrina Hutsum
    April 5, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Thanks Emma, back to you!

  16. Emma Tassier
    April 5, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Yeah same with mine Sebrina, hey your name is really cool, sebrina!

  17. Sebrina Hutsum
    April 5, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Nice, only a few worked on mine but thnx anyways!

  18. FartBoy
    March 27, 2015 at 12:50 pm


  19. Sachin
    January 30, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Great Tips..:)

  20. Dvad78
    January 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Great article! Here is a few more that i did not see.

    In Windows Explorer
    [Ctrl] + Enter - Open Folder in new window
    [Ctrl] + E - Search
    [Ctrl] + F - Search
    [Ctrl] + R - Refresh

  21. Literati
    December 31, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    This article is great, although, I think, it should have a second part. ;)

  22. Shae
    December 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

    [Ctrl] + L in FF jumps your cursor to the address bar.

  23. Nick M
    December 19, 2009 at 8:02 am

    [CTRL] R = Read email
    [CTRL] W = Write email :)

    • Tina
      December 19, 2009 at 8:06 am

      [Ctrl] + W does something else in Thunderbird. ;)

  24. Toxic
    December 11, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    [Alt]+[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8] or [9]

    [Alt]+[1]: Smily face
    [Alt]+[2]: Dark Smily face
    [Alt]+[3]: heart
    [Alt]+[4]: diamond
    [Alt]+[5]: club
    [Alt]+[6]: spade
    [Alt]+[7]: small dot
    [Alt]+[8]: squire with dot in the middle
    [Alt]+[9]: bigger circle

  25. MarcW
    December 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

    About 'creating your own trick" : can you also make combinations with the Windows key. When I try e.g. Windows key + z it is automatically converted into XTRL + ALT + z. Afterwards CTRL + ALT + z works but Windows key + z does not. Anyone who gets this working ?

  26. Antoine van Dinter
    December 6, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    SHIFT + Tab and you go back to a field instead of forward. Comes in handy when filling in webforms and when you see that you have made a mistake.

  27. Pharmacy Tech
    December 5, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Great post this will really help me.

  28. forex robot
    December 3, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

  29. fore_xstra_tegy
    December 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I am definitely bookmarking this page and sharing it with my friends.


  30. Kahero
    December 2, 2009 at 4:37 am

    [alt] + [F4] should be moved to the [Windows] section as it will close almost any program.

    • Will Robinson
      December 4, 2009 at 11:27 am

      I agree. Also [ctrl]+[F4] closes any child window within most Windows apps (a single document in Word for example).

  31. Coyote
    December 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Wow.. that explains that. I had an issue with someone at work that flipped their screen sideways. I had no idea how they did that.

  32. Jim
    November 30, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Hey thanks for the tips - very useful.


  33. Rizky Syazuli
    November 30, 2009 at 1:43 am

    another handy Firefox shortcut is to add domain extension in the address bar without having to type it.

    [CTRL + Enter] add .com
    [CTRL + Shift + Enter] add .org
    [Shift + Enter] add .net

    really saves u the hassle of typing the complete url. btw, AFAIK these shortcuts also works on other browsers (except IE and Safari).

  34. Kevin Freeman
    November 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for the helpful tips.

  35. Mark Lincoln
    November 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Wicked post here, thanks for these. I hate reverting to the mouse to do stuff when keyboard shortcuts can be so much quicker.

    Although that "hold Ctrl and use the mouse scroll wheel" is something I use all the time. Not for changing the font size but for zooming in and out of documents, PDFs, images etc.

  36. grog
    November 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Press shift when selecting thumbnails view in explorer for a non_texts_in_thumbs view... nice & useless

  37. Chauffeur Services
    November 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm


    The description for Shift+Del is wrong. It still asks you to confirm the operation–the difference is that instead of sending the file to the Recycle Bin after you click “Yes,” it deletes it permanently.

    Jordan you are right!

    • Tina
      November 30, 2009 at 4:08 am

      The mistake was corrected.

  38. Vivek Athalye
    November 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Win+Pause/Break = System Properties

  39. roger
    November 29, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Can I open the context menu using the keyboard as my right button is getting a bit iffy?

    • Tina
      November 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm


      yes you can! There are two possible shortcuts.

      One is [SHIFT] + [F10].
      Some keyboards have a dedicated key for the context menu. You should find it between the [ALT] and [CTRL] key on the right side of the [Spacebar].


      • roger
        November 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm

        Thank you very much, Tina, both work on my keyboard. Now all I've got to do is work out why I never had the gumption to ask before!
        Best wishes, Roger

  40. Andre Martins
    November 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

    [Shift]+DEL should be banned from Windows or any other operating system... As a IT Consultant I have seen to many people learn this little devil shortcut and loose files that really shouldn´t be deleted, giving much headache to me and possibly so many others.

    • Will Robinson
      December 4, 2009 at 11:24 am

      Not so much the fault of the OS as the user really. If they didn't use this then they'd only empty the recycle bin after they deleted it anyway, resulting in the same problem...

  41. Parvez Saudin
    November 29, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Nice one! I loved the Firefox search tip!! ;)

  42. Wis98
    November 29, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Btw, why is there an image of a mac keyboard while we talk about pc shortcuts? Lol ;)

    • Tina
      November 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm

      haha Good point! It was the coolest image and the keys are not really visible.

  43. Wis98
    November 29, 2009 at 8:42 am

    In Windows:
    alt + enter = properties of selected file(s) or folder(s)

    • Gagsy
      November 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm

      Hey good one... gonna be really useful.Thanks

  44. Ivy
    November 29, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Firefox: alt-click a link to download it.

  45. Chetroni
    November 29, 2009 at 8:02 am

    [Windows] + [F] - Search/Find files or computers

    If you have installed Yahoo Messenger, you can use:
    [Windows] + [Y] to run Yahoo Messenger.

  46. Juhi
    November 29, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I tried the second trick and pressed Ctrl+Alt+Down. It changed my resolution to 800x600! Pressing it again made no diff. When I tried to open the display properties to manually fix the resolution, my lappy started emitting a continuous high-pitched beep and a window came up saying that the driver was for an older version of windows etc. Then, icing on cake, the computer froze. I had to switch it off and on again and run in safe mode.
    Teaches me not to try out random tricks without thinking.
    I dont know if its something wid my system or what, but please put a warning up there. (I use Dell Inspiron 1525 with Win Vista)

    • Tina
      November 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm


      I'm very sorry this one messed up your system. I hope you could fix the screen resolution.

      All tricks were tested using Windows XP, as indicated. I don't know whether the shortcut is supposed to work as described on Vista or whether it is even supposed to do what you saw.

      Frankly, this shortcut doesn't do anything on my laptop (HP, ATI FireGL), but worked nicely on a Samsung netbook and a colleague's Dell desktop computer. They all run Windows XP. However, as I said it depends on the graphics card and driver.

      • Amol Nirmala Waman
        November 29, 2009 at 11:08 pm

        Actually rotating a screen works only with Intel based chipsets and Intel graphics drivers. I had tested it on VIA board, it doesn't work. But on ASUS or Intel boards it works perfect!

  47. Wis98
    November 29, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Windows + e = explorer
    ctrl + numpad+ = expand coloms listview explorer

  48. Stefan
    November 29, 2009 at 7:22 am

    [Windows]+[Pause] is opening the System window.
    [Alt]+[PrtScr] is making a screenshot of your active window, instead of the whole desktop.

    • Chetroni
      November 29, 2009 at 8:04 am

      [Alt]+[PrtScr] is making a screenshot of your active window, instead of the whole desktop.

      This in great ! Thanks !

  49. Em
    November 29, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Here is another one - F2 - rename object (file/folder).
    Works on multiple objects too.

  50. Sergio
    November 29, 2009 at 7:21 am

    [Windows] + [E] - Launches Windows Explorer

    • el7cosmos
      November 29, 2009 at 7:23 am

      everybody know this...


    • arianne
      November 29, 2009 at 8:53 am

      in vista win+E opens My Computer ;)

      • Doc
        June 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

        "My Computer" IS Windows (File) Explorer! :)

      • Doc
        June 1, 2017 at 9:03 pm

        "Shut Down: Windows key + X, U, I / U / R / H / S"
        Even easier, in Windows 7, or with Classic Shell: Windows (release) -> Right -> Enter.
        Easier ways to get to Task Manager than hitting CTRL+ALT+DELETE (which you should NEVER need to do :) ): Right-click an empty spot on the taskbar, then click Task Manager; also, CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.

        • Tina Sieber
          June 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm

          Thank you for the Task Manager and shut down shortcuts! CTRL + SHIFT + ESC is probably the least known one.

    • ronaloo
      December 25, 2009 at 8:20 pm

      windows + e opens up my computer.

      plus, u can substitute any of ur folder like a drive in my computer

      goto command prompt, type in

      subst [path name of dir] [new drive name:]


      subst c:\desktop\mystuff x:

      you'll have a x: drive in my computers - the mystuff folder.
      but this is temporary for the current login. put it in autoexec.bat file to make permanent

      you can also, to make your life easier, put ur most used folders in sendto list.

      in vista, just search for this folder,in the admin account,not the public one.

      put the shortcut of ur folder in this one. like mymovies etc

      so you can just send stuff from your pendrive etc to that or from anywhere

  51. waqas
    November 29, 2009 at 7:17 am

    few are common, but most are unknown

  52. JessyLing
    November 29, 2009 at 3:31 am


  53. Jordan
    November 29, 2009 at 3:13 am

    The description for Shift+Del is wrong. It still asks you to confirm the operation--the difference is that instead of sending the file to the Recycle Bin after you click "Yes," it deletes it permanently.

    • Tina
      November 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm


      thank you very much for pointing this out!

  54. milan
    November 29, 2009 at 12:24 am
  55. Craig
    November 29, 2009 at 12:17 am

    CTRL+SHIFT+ESC opens Windows Task Manager.

  56. Matt
    November 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I use Ctrl + W to close tabs. A bit easier than Ctrl + F4.

    • Jaspal
      November 29, 2009 at 6:37 am

      absolutely great ! .. i use the same CTRL + W for closing a tab

    • Wouter
      November 29, 2009 at 7:18 am

      Ctrl + W is the way to go! OSX uses the same shortcut to close a window/tab. (Cmd + W of course)