Computer users are usually divided into two groups, Those who prefer using their Mouse and those who’d rather use Keyboard Shortcuts. Well, that letter group is onto something because experts have found that you can lose about 64 hours a year just by clicking on things. You’re ready to boost your productivity and look cool while doing it then check out these 9 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save Your Time and Energy.
I think we can all agree that the undo button or “Ctrl + Z” keyboard command should make it to the list of the best things ever created but computer geniuses didn’t stop there they thought of the opposite yet equally useful command as well. The next time you need to redo something you accidentally unbid, just press “Ctrl + Y” for Windows or “Command + Y” for Mac and continue your
work like it’s no big deal.
2# Create a New Folder
You can always do it the good old fashioned way by right clicking your mouse and going down to create a folder option but why waste time when you can do the same thing with literally one command. Just press Ctrl + Shift + N well on your desktop or in an explorer window and your new folder will instantly pop up ready to be named. If you’re using a Mac your shortcut for this will be Shift + Command + N press them simultaneously and your new folder will appear in the finder.
3# The Emoji Keyboard
If you can’t imagine sending a message without 😊 or everyone’s favorite 😂 then try this trick out whenever you’re on your computer. Just press the “Windows Key + .” and enjoy the emoji keyboard on your Windows Device. Keep in mind that this little trick will only work if you have Windows 10. All Mac users, on the other hand, should place the cursor in the text field where they want to insert an emoji and press “Command + Ctrl + Spacebar” to gain access to it.
4# Minimize All Windows
We’ve all been in the situation where you have so many windows open. It gets a little hard to manage but the real struggle starts when you need to get to your desktop and minimize all these countless windows one by one but not anymore all you have to do is press “Windows Key + M” or “Option + Command + M” for Mac and voila your path is now clear.
5# Lock Windows
Minimizing Windows is cool but what if you need to lock windows itself. Not a problem, by clicking “Windows Key + L” will be the track. To resume you’ll have to enter your Windows password if you have one. Mac users can enjoy this function too by pressing “Ctrl + Shift + Power” Button at the same time.
9 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Save Your Time and Energy
6# Add a New Virtual Desktop
If you usually keep a lot of apps open at once or prefer to use your PC for different types of tasks Virtual Desktops will be a lifesaver when it comes to staying uncluttered and organized. To add a new Virtual Desktop whenever you need it to press “Windows Key + Ctrl + D”. If you need to move back and forth between your desktops press “Windows key + Ctrl + right or left arrow” and to close the current virtual desktop for good that’ll be “Windows key + Ctrl + F4”.
7# Open Chrome in Incognito Mode
You probably already know that the “Ctrl + N” or “Ctrl + T” commands open a new window and a new tab respectively in Google Chrome but what if you need incognito mode well simply press “Ctrl + Shift + N” to save yourself some time. If you’re on a Mac it’ll be “Command + Shift + End”.
8# Open a Recently Closed Tab
Don’t worry if you’ve closed an important tab by mistake Google Chrome has got you covered all you have to do is press “Ctrl + Shift + T” and that tab will come right back. Chrome actually remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed so each time you use this command your browser will keep grabbing from this bank of sorts. Mac users can get access to the same function by pressing “Command + Shift + T”.
9# Open Links in a New Tab Without Going into That Tab
When you use Google to look something up, you click on a search result and it opens up then sends you straight to a new tab but when you need to open more results from your search you constantly have to go back to that original page. Instead of all that time wasting inconvenience just hold the Ctrl key while clicking the links you need. This simple shortcut will help you remain on the search page while opening all the results you need in separate tabs. For Mac users, the go-to shortcut is pressing the Command key while clicking on the different links.
So do you know any other useful keyboard shortcuts? Tell us in the comment section below.