32 Keyboard Combinations That Will Make your Life Easier


Shortcuts are awesome! From roads that take us faster to our destinations to easy ways to clean our kitchen – all shortcuts and hacks make our daily lives significantly easier.

Keyboards aren’t an exception. There are various shortcuts and hotkey combinations present in both Windows OS and Mac OS X that makes daily computer operations handy.

FeedFond has put together a list of key combinations that will surely make you a keyboard guru in no time!

Windows keyboard shortcuts

⊞ Win — Brings up the Start Menu, in Windows 8.1 — opens the previous window.

⊞ Win + A — Opens the Action Center (in Windows 10).

⊞ Win + B — Selects the first icon in the Notification Area (you can then switch between the icons using the arrow keys).

⊞ Win + Ctrl + B — Switches to a program indicating a new message in the Notification Area.

⊞ Win + C — Shows the Charm Bar (in Windows 8 and 8.1); in Windows 10 it opens Cortana (if you’re using a supported language).

⊞ Win + D — Shows the desktop (immediately minimizes all the opened windows).

⊞ Win + E — Opens Windows Explorer; in Windows 10 opens the Quick Launch by default.

⊞ Win + F — Opens ’Find files and folders’.

⊞ Win + Ctrl + F — Starts ’Find computers’.

⊞ Win + G — Brings all gadgets to the foreground that are in the process (only in Windows 7 and Vista); opens the Game bar in Windows 10.

⊞ Win + K — Opens a new Start menu — Connections (in Windows 8 and 8.1).

⊞ Win + L — Changes user or locks the workstation.

⊞ Win + M — Minimizes all windows.

⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + M — Restores windows that were minimized.

⊞ Win + O — Locks device orientation (disables the gyroscope function on tablets).

⊞ Win + P — Switches operating modes to an external monitor/projector (only in Windows 7 and newer).

⊞ Win + Q — Opens Search charm for installed apps (checked in Windows 8).

⊞ Win + R — Opens the ’Run dialog’ box.

⊞ Win + T — Switches focus to the Taskbar (only in Windows 7 and newer).

⊞ Win + U — Opens the Utility Manager.

⊞ Win + W — Starts the Windows Ink Workspace (notes, screenshots).

⊞ Win + X — Opens the Windows Mobile Application Center (only for mobile computers in Windows Vista and 7).

⊞ Win + Y — Starts Yahoo! Messenger (if installed).


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OS X keyboard shortcuts

⌘ Command + Up Arrow — Immediately scroll to the top of any web page.

⌘ Command + Down Arrow — Immediately scroll to the bottom of any web page.

⌘ Command + Semicolon — Cycle through misspelled words in any given document.

⌘ Command + 1 (2, 3) — Use this shortcut to conveniently cycle through any open tabs you have in your browser. ⌘ Command + 1 will take you to the first tab, Command + 2 will take you to the second, and so on.

⌘ Option + Delete — This handy keyboard shortcut will delete words 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.

⌘ Command + H — Quickly hide all open windows from the currently active app.

⌘ Command + Shift + T — Instantly open up the most recently closed tab in your browser. This is a lifesaver if you accidentally close a window and can’t remember the URL.

⌘ Command + F3 — This handy shortcut instantly removes all app windows from view and lets you take a gander at your desktop. To bring your apps back, simply press the keys again.

⌘ Option + Shift + Volume Up/Volume down — Increase or decrease your machine’s volume in much smaller increments. This comes in especially handy when you’re trying to get your audio output levels just right.

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