Do you use your computer in an effective way? I recently have come back off maternity leave and I have lots of work to catch up on! I wanted to make sure I wasn’t wasting time doing things the long way round. I researched how to use your pc effectively and below I have summarised the best time saving tips & tricks -
1. Closed a tab by accident?
Simply press Ctrl + Shift + T
2. Need to see two windows at the same time?
Windows button + arrow key allows your screen to position to the arrow
3. Accidentally deleted something?
Ctrl + z is the ultimate hot key. Undo what you just typed or if you accidentally deleted or moved a file.
4. Typing tips
Paste the plain text of what was copied. When you copy text from any source, programs will usually include any formatting that comes with it. To paste this as plain text, press Ctrl + Shift + V instead of the standard Ctrl + V, and the system will paste unformatted text. (Doesn’t always work in Word or Outlook)
5. Delete an entire word Instead of deleting a single letter
Ctrl + Backspace will delete the entire word behind the cursor. This makes deleting text quicker if you screw up a whole word.
6. Keyboard shortcuts
Open the task manager directly If you want to bypass the interrupt that happens when pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and jump right to the task manager, hitting Ctrl + Shift + Esc will launch it directly.
7. Cycle through open windows
Pressing Alt + Tab allows you to cycle through currently open windows (Alt + Shift + Tab will cycle backwards). This makes switching back and forth between running processes quick and painless.
8. Close the current program
Alt + F4 will close the program that is running. This is useful as it saves you time mousing over the "X" and clicking
9. Minimize all windows
Sometimes you have a bunch of stuff running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows key + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window.
10. Close the current window/tab
Stick of moving all the way to that X button? Press Ctrl + W and the current window will close.