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Anyone using Windows knows that the keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + Alt + Delete or Command + Option + Esc on Mac. Programs often go unanswered when you are in the middle of something important.
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The other two popular keyboard shortcuts are Ctrl + C for copying and Ctrl + V for pasting on Windows. On Mac, it is Command + C and Command + V. Tap or click for a more comprehensive list like this..
Let’s move on to the basics with lesser known shortcuts you wish you knew sooner.
1. Switch between open windows.
Most of us do multi-tasking, so a window rarely opens on your computer. Suppose you have your own email client, a multi-tabbed browser, a chat program, and Excel running.
You can go to your computer dock to switch between applications, or you can cycle through them with a few strokes.
- To switch between open windows on PC, press. Ctrl + Alt + Tab.
- To switch between open windows on Mac, press. Command + Tab.
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2. Quickly lock your computer.
You should lock or unlock your computer whenever you leave it unattended. Do this without going through your computer’s menu.
- To lock your screen on PC, press. Windows + L.
- To lock your screen on Mac, press. Ctrl + Command + Q.
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3. Take a picture of your screen.
From time to time, you may want to save only a fraction of a website, image, or whatever appears on your screen. This is very easy to do once you know the set of keys to perform magic.
- To take a screenshot on PC, press. Windows + Shift + S.
- To take a screenshot on Mac, press. Shift + Command + 4.
The screenshot will be saved in your clipboard. Open a tool like Word, Paint or Preview and select Paste. Then, you can edit the screenshot and save it to your chosen location.
4. Zoom in.
Whether your vision is not as good as it used to be or you want to look at your screen in more detail, Zoom is here to help.
Let me show you two options. If you have a mouse whose wheel is attached to your computer, press. Ctrl + scroll your mouse.. Scroll the wheel up to zoom in and scroll down to zoom out.
To use your keyboard only:
- Windows: Press. Windows + Plus Sign (+) Zoom in Windows + minus sign (-) To zoom out
- Mac: Press. Option + Command + Equivalent Symbol (=) Zoom in Option + Command + Minus Sign (-) To zoom out.
5. Paste the text without its original formatting.
Here’s a quick keyboard shortcut I use all the time: To paste text, just add Shift key instead of Ctrl + V. This will paste your copied text and remove any formatting. If you paste your text into a document, it will match everything else. Super easy.
- Windows: Press Ctrl + Shift + V.
- Mac: Press Option + Command + Shift + V.
6. Quickly check your download history.
Want to see what you’ve downloaded from your web browser? You may need a file that you retrieved a few days ago, or you may be unable to save something in a more permanent home.
- On Windows PC, press. Ctrl + J.
- On a Mac, hit Command + Option + L.
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7. Create a virtual desktop
If you use multiple apps at the same time or use your computer for different tasks, then Virtual Desktop can help you keep an eye on everything.
For example, you can work on your computer with the virtual desktop open to play games. Or you can open Windows and apps for a job, such as video editing, on one desktop and using another desktop for photo editing.
- To create a virtual desktop on PC, press. Windows + Ctrl + D.
- To create a virtual desktop on Mac, press. Control + up arrow.
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