Everybody likes to take a shortcut every now and then, the feeling that you’ve done something faster than normal or in a more efficient way, is a good one.

A few weeks ago in the Vic Careers office, I overheard a couple of the ladies discussing a keyboard shortcut for microsoft word. This eventually led to an interesting conversation where we all began bombarding each other with various shortcuts for a whole myriad of programs! Each one offering to save a little time and cut down on the monotony of contextual menus.

Most people in this day and age (except my Dad) know of ‘ctrl+x’, ‘ctrl+c’ and ‘ctrl+v’ for all their quick cutting, copying and pasting needs for text and various media, but beyond that what other shortcuts do you know or use regularly?

Of course there’s only so many shortcuts we can store in our ‘head drives’ without memory failure, so the simpler they are and the more often we use them has a big impact on how well we’ll remember them or not!

So, I’m going to share some of the quickest and easiest shortcuts to learn and use, for a range of popular programs from microsoft word, to adobe photoshop and in-between!

Welcome to the keyboard shortcut series!

For the first post in the series, we’ll be looking at keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7, but more specifically, those using the Windows logo key. Some of the following shortcuts may also work on other versions of Windows too, but Windows 7 is our main focus here. For each of the shortcuts I’ll be displaying an image which shows the windows logo and the key on the keyboard that you’ll need to press while holding down the windows logo key, here’s an example:

windows-logo-example

Got it? Simple! OK, let’s get going…


windows-logo

A nice and easy one to kick us off. Simply press the windows logo key to open the start menu. Done!

Also, while the menu’s open you can press again to close.


windows-logo-number

Got five programs you open by default every morning, pinned them all in order of preference on the taskbar? When you get in, just hold down the windows key and press 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and go make that coffee!

Pressing the windows logo key and any number from ‘1-9’ will open the relevant program pinned to the taskbar in that position. If the indicated program is already open, it will switch to it instead.


windows-logo-d

The windows key and ‘D’ will minimise all your programs and display your desktop. You can also toggle this function like the 1st example, press it again and you’ll go back to where you were.


windows-logo-e

This one’s a favourite of mine. Pressing windows and ‘E’ will open a new instance of windows explorer to the default view of your ‘Computer’.


windows-logo-f

Opens up search so you can locate that pesky file or folder.


windows-logo-l

Need to step away from your computer for a bit and make sure no one sees your secret work (facebook) while you’re away from the office?

This will lock your computer, you can also use this shortcut to switch users.


windows-logo-p

Choose a presentation display mode. Probably not a widely used shortcut for the average user, but those hooking up to projectors for seminars or meetings may find this useful.

windows-logo-r

Windows and ‘R’ opens up the run dialog box where you can type the name of a program, folder, document or internet resource and windows will open it for you.


windows-logo-u

This one opens the windows ease of access center. This can be a nice and simple way of remembering where you need change settings for U! Things like changing the visual display, the mouse, the keyboard and more, check it out, maybe you’ll find a new setting you never knew was there.


windows-logo-tab

The most impressive one out of the shortcuts I’ll be featuring here (assuming you’re on windows 7 and have aero mode enabled). The windows key and tab allows you to cycle through your open programs on the taskbar using Aero Flip 3-D. Try it, you’ll like it.

Remember to keep the windows key held down while tabbing through your programs.


windows-logo-spacebar

Finally, windows logo and ‘spacebar’ simply previews your desktop. Similar to windows and ‘D’, but instead of taking you to your desktop, it’ll make all your open windows and programs opaque, then when you release the windows key, they’ll all come back.


Well, that’s it for this post, there are more windows logo shortcuts available, but as I said earlier these are the ones more likely to be used by the general user, and more importantly the ones easily remembered!

I hope you find some of them useful.

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