32 Secret Combinations on Your Keyboard
Have you ever thought how many secrets are hidden inside of your computer?
Only 20 years ago, the most advanced computers had hard drive capacity of 320 Megabytes,
and it was considered as a great breakthrough in personal computers’ technology at that
Since then a lot of things have changed.
We almost don’t use mice anymore and prefer touch pads and touch screens.
But a keyboard is the only thing that seems to be unchanged.
Here’s a list of all the hot key combinations that will certainly come in handy.
No matter Windows or OS X user you are.
Let’s start with the Window keyboard and its’ 23 secret combinations.
First, find Windows key.
Usually, it's located on the lower row of the keyboard.
To the left of the space bar.
This button will be involved in all the following combinations.
So, just keep your finger on it.
Ok, let’s go.
Combination #1 If you just press Win key, it will open the
In Windows 8.1 it will open the previous window.
Combination #2 Press Win key followed by A. In Windows 10
it will open the Action Centre.
The Action Centre gives you quick access to your computer settings.
Combination #3 Th combination of Win key and B key selects
the first icon in the Notification Area.
You can then switch between the icons using the arrow keys.
Combination #4 Win key plus Ctrl key followed by B.
This combination switches to a program indicating a new message in the Notification Area.
All right, let’s move forward
Combination #5 Press Win key and C keys.
It will show the Charm Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1 versions.
In Windows 10 it opens Cortana but only if you’re using a supported language.
For English, it should work just fine.
Combination #6 This one is beneficial if you want to minimize
all the opened windows immediately.
Just press Win key followed by D key, and you will see your desktop in a split of a
Combination #7 It provides Quick access to Windows Explorer.
For that press Win key and E keys together.
Easy as that.
In Windows 10 it also opens the Quick Launch by default.
Combination #8 of Win key and F key pressed together opens ’Find files and folders.'
In Windows 10 it opens Feedback hub.
Combination #9 Three keys: Win key plus Ctrl plus F open
’Find computers’ Good?
Ok, what’s next?
Combination #10 Win key plus G key
It works differently in different Windows versions.
In Window 7 and Vista it brings all the gadgets to the foreground that are in process at the
In Windows 10 it opens the Game bar.
Now you know how to do it quickly.
Combination #11 Press Win and K keys.
It will open a new Start menu — Connections in Windows 8 and 8.1
If you want to change the user or lock the workstation quickly, then use combination
Just press Win key followed by L (Love) and it will do it for you.
Don’t you love it?
Another hot key combination that you are going to use every day for sure.
Keys Win and M minimize all windows
Combination #14 Will help to restore the last minimized window.
Just press these 3 keys: Win, Shift, and M – and here you are.
Combination #15 of keys Win and O pressed together will lock your device orientation
and will disable the gyroscope function on tablets.
Do you use any external monitor or projector?
Then press Win key followed by P key, and it will switch operating modes.
It works only for Windows 7 and newer.
Are you searching for something inside of your computer?
Then use combination #17 of keys Win and Q. It will open Search charm for all installed
apps in Windows 8 and newer.
Combination #18 will open the ’Run dialog’ box for you.
Just press Win key and R key and then choose a program or application you want to run.
Combination #19 Keys ⊞ Win and T will switch focus to the
It works only in Windows 7 and newer.
U stands for Utility So, combination #20 of the keys Win and U
will open the Utility Manager for you.
Do you need to work with the notes or screenshots?
Press Win key and W, and it will open Windows Ink Workspace.
Combination #22 Win key followed by X will open the Windows
Mobile Application Centre.
This works only for mobile computers in Windows Vista and 7.
And the last combination for Windows.
Win key and Y key will start Yahoo!
Messenger for you if installed, of course.
We are done with Windows keyboard.
Are Mac users you still with us?
Now it’s your turn!
Here are nine powerful combinations that you’re going to love!
Surfing through websites?
• Press Command key together with Up Arrow and it will immediately scroll to the top
of any web page.
• However, if you want to go down, press Command key followed by Down Arrow and you
will be in the bottom of the web page.
• Combination 3 will help you to cycle through misspelled words in any open document.
Just press Command and Semicolon.
And here you go!
• Command key followed by 1, or 2, or 3 will conveniently cycle through any open tabs
you have in your browser.
Command plus 1 will take you to the first tab, Command plus 2 will take you to the second,
and so on.
Easy, isn’t it?
• Combination #5 of keys Option and Delete This handy keyboard shortcut will delete one
word at a time, as opposed to one letter at a time.
This works all across OS X, whether you’re typing in TextEdit or even when typing a website
into your browser’s URL bar.
• Combination #6 Do you want to hide all open windows from
the currently active app quickly?
Just press Command key followed by H.
• Combination #7 is a lifesaver if you accidentally close a window and can’t remember the URL.
Press keys Command, Shift and T together, and it will instantly open up the most recently
closed tab in your browser.
• Combination #8 Combination of Command and F3 keys will remove
all app windows from view and let you take a gander at your desktop.
To bring your apps back, just press the keys again.
• And number #9 Combination of Option plus Shift plus Volume
Up or Volume down comes in especially handy when you’re trying to get your audio output
levels just right.
It increases or decreases your machine’s volume in much smaller increments.
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