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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 computerstechnology at that


Since then a lot of things have changed.

We almost dont use mice anymore and prefer touch pads and touch screens.

But a keyboard is the only thing that seems to be unchanged.

Heres a list of all the hot key combinations that will certainly come in handy.

No matter Windows or OS X user you are.

Lets start with the Window keyboard and its23 secret combinations.

First, find Windows key.

Usually, it's located on the lower row of the keyboard.

To the left of the space bar.

Found it?


This button will be involved in all the following combinations.

So, just keep your finger on it.

Ok, lets go.

Combination #1 If you just press Win key, it will open the

Start Menu.

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.

Got it?

All right, lets 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 youre 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 opensFind files and folders.'

In Windows 10 it opens Feedback hub.

Combination #9 Three keys: Win key plus Ctrl plus F open

Find computersGood?

Ok, whats 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.

Wanna play?

Now you know how to do it quickly.

Combination #11 Press Win and K keys.

It will open a new Start menuConnections 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.

Dont you love it?

Another hot key combination that you are going to use every day for sure.

Combination #13.

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 Mand 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.

Combination #16.

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.

Whats next?

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 theRun dialogbox for you.

Just press Win key and R key and then choose a program or application you want to run.

Combination #19 KeysWin 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.

Very handy!

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 its your turn!

Here are nine powerful combinations that youre going to love!

Lets begin!

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, isnt 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 youre typing in TextEdit or even when typing a website

into your browsers 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 cant 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 youre trying to get your audio output

levels just right.

It increases or decreases your machines volume in much smaller increments.

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