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22 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for Non-Geeks

22 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for Non-Geeks

Although you may not be as comfortable with new technologies as others, in this generation of technology reliance it is important to be able to keep up. You don’t have to be a geek to utilize a computer. You can take advantage of the technology and learn some really great shortcuts to make your life little bit easier. Hopefully this list of essential keyboard shortcuts for Windows can help you do just that. Note: These keyboard shortcuts are specifically for computers with the Windows operating system.

The basics

These are the essential keyboard shortcuts for Windows you definitely can’t live without.

1. Copy selected item: Ctrl+C

shortcut

    Copy any line of text or photos to your clipboard, while keeping a copy of the text in its original location.

    2. Cut selected item: Ctrl+X

    shortcut

      Cut a selected line of text or photos. Caution: If done incorrectly, you can lose the item since you no longer have a copy of it in the original location.

      3. Paste selected item: Ctrl+V

      shortcut

        Paste a selected cut or copied item into a new location. Note: If you need the item pasted in different formats (e.g. text only), you might still need to paste it from the right-click of the mouse.

        4. Undo action: Ctrl+Z

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        shortcut

          Reverses an action. For example, if you accidentally delete a line of text, this keyboard shortcut should bring it back.

          5. Redo action: Ctrl+Y

          shortcut

            This is the opposite to the ‘undo’ shortcut. Did you accidentally undo something you shouldn’t have? Don’t worry, this keyboard shortcut should redo it.

            6. Select everything: Ctrl+A

            shortcut

              Selects every item on the page. Useful for when you need to copy whole webpages into Word documents.

              7. Print page(s): Ctrl+P

              shortcut

                The quickest way to bring up the print options. Printing takes long enough as it is, why not save some time?

                8. Take screenshot of current screen: PrntSc


                Normal Keyboard

                  Takes a screenshot of whatever you can see on your screen to the clipboard. You can then paste the image anywhere from Paint to Word documents.

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                  9. Save file*: Ctrl+S

                  Normal Keyboard

                    Using this keyboard shortcut every few minutes or so ensures a lowered chance of losing precious work progress.

                    10. Create new file*: Ctrl+N

                    shortcut

                      Immediately brings up a new, blank page for you to start working on. It is definitely easier that going through the normal tedious process of creating a new blank document.

                      11. Open file*: Ctrl+O

                      Normal Keyboard

                        Brings up a window where you can choose to open a previous saved file, image, video, etc. *Use for programs such as Microsoft Office, Paint, Adobe, etc. Does not work for everything, especially over the internet.

                        Changing Format of Selected Text

                        Especially useful in Word documents or notepads

                        12. Underline text: Ctrl+U

                        Normal Keyboard

                          13. Bold text: Ctrl+B

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                          Normal Keyboard

                            14. Italic text: Ctrl+I

                            Normal Keyboard

                              Highlight a selection of text and use any of these shortcuts to change the text format. It is much easier than having to look for the appropriate button on the toolbar. Note: These shortcuts don’t work in situations where you are unable to manipulate text (e.g. social networking)

                              15. Switch between open windows: Alt+Tab

                              shortcut

                                Brings up all open windows onto the screen, including Internet Explorer, Word documents, media player, etc. Hold Alt and continue pressing Tab until you have reached the desired window.

                                16. Refresh the page: F5

                                Normal Keyboard

                                  You will often be required to reload/refresh your browser, and you can do so quite easily with the push of a single button.

                                  17. Rename a file: F2

                                  shortcut

                                    Select the file or files and press this key to rename. Note: To rename all files in a folder, use the shortcut Ctrl+A then press F2

                                    18. Power down: Ctrl+Alt+Delete

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                                    shortcut

                                      This famous keyboard shortcut brings you to a page where you are able to select whether you want to put the computer on sleep, shut down, log out, lock the device, etc.

                                      19. Move through tabs: Ctrl+Tab

                                      shortcut

                                        In a browser, this shortcut will allow you to move through tabs which you can see at the very top of the page.

                                        20. Close current window: Ctrl+W

                                        shortcut

                                          If you are working with a lot of unnecessary windows open, this keyboard shortcut should close the window you are currently on.

                                          21. Move to bottom of current page: End

                                          shortcut

                                            There is often important information displayed at the bottom of a webpage. This key will bring you straight there.

                                            22. Visit browser home page: Alt+Home

                                            shortcut

                                              This keyboard shortcut brings you back to the default home page of your browser.

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                                              10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                              10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                                              Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                                              Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                                              As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                                              In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

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                                              1. Monday dot com

                                                Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                                                The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                                                The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                                                The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

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                                                2. Asana

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                                                  The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                                                  The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                                                  Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                                                  Check out the software here!

                                                  3. Trello

                                                    Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                                                    Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                                                    Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                                                    Check out the software here!

                                                    4. Jira

                                                      The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                                                      The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

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                                                      5. Evernote Business

                                                        Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                                                        The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                                                        Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

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                                                        6. Slack

                                                          Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

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                                                          7. Spike

                                                            Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                                                            Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                                                            Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

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                                                            Creation

                                                            8. Office 365

                                                              Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                                                              Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                                                              You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                                              Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

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                                                              9. Grammarly

                                                                Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                                                Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                                                Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

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                                                                10. ActivTrak

                                                                  ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                                                  The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                                                  Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

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                                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                                  Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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