Almost all computer users know a few desktop shortcuts such as:

There are also hundreds of other shortcuts available that most users are unaware of. Today we will look at a few of these.

 Navigating a Browser

This is my personal favorite. If you ever accidentally close a tab in a browser you can instantly reopen it.

 Managing the Desktop

Windows 7 includes a feature that easily lets you compare two windows side-by-side. This feature is called “Snapping". This occurs when you drag a window half way off the screen. This is a great feature for comparing spreadsheets on a single monitor. However, if you have more than one monitor it does not really work easily. When you try to snap between monitors it moves the windows to the next screen. There is a shortcut that makes the snap easy again.

Shake It Off

You can grab the title bar of a window and shake it. This will minimize every other window you have open on your desktop.


Screen Captures

Sometimes you need to capture a screenshot to send via email or to assist with troubleshooting. Windows has a great program called "Snipping Tool" to capture a screenshot. There are also some handy shortcuts. These shortcuts will save the captures on the clipboard and then you paste them using CTRL + V, or right click and paste directly.

Working with Text

Sometimes when you copy text from a website or other source, you want to paste it in just plain text. There is a shortcut for that.

Working with Files/Folders


If you have any other great shortcuts, I would love to hear about them.

Eric Thompson - Advanced Logic Industries