Why you should know key board shortcuts and some of them

  1. Proficient and efficient

Utilizing alternate ways makes you more proficient at managing certain responsibilities on your PC. At the point when you’re not really going after the mouse each second and once you begin utilizing alternate routes every day, you’ll begin seeing a lift to profitability. Take for instance the assignment of choosing all the content in a report: rather than utilizing the mouse to snap and hold it over the entire record, you can just press Ctrl+A. Simple, isn’t that so? This fast alternate route lets you accomplish more with less exertion.

  1. Performing various tasks

Being a multi-tasker is once in a while needed throughout everyday life. It’s a capacity that lets us check confines our plan for the day rapidly, particularly when shuffling with many tabs and instruments on the double. Realizing the correct alternate ways permit you to effectively explore your way through these assignments in less time than expected. You may feel abnormal utilizing a blend of keys while utilizing your mouse simultaneously, however once you begin driving through your work as a console ninja, you’ll never think back.

  1. Medical advantages

Eliminating your mouse use by utilizing console easy routes can help diminish the dangers of RSI (Repetitive Syndrome Injury). Numerous individuals create RSI by doing a redundant assignment like resting the impact point of your palm on the work area and raising your fingers to utilize the mouse. In the event that you use console alternate ways, you can spare many mouse snaps and developments every day.

10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your Linux experience

1: Ctl + Alt + Backspace

Use this shortcut when X isn’t responding or a program has locked up your desktop and you can’t get anything to respond. This combination instantly logs you out of X, taking you back to the login screen. It works with all desktop environments and window managers.

2: Ctrl + Alt + Delete

This is the big kahuna. If all else fails and you just need to reboot, you can hit this combination to instantly start the reboot process. All data will be lost, so use it wisely. This combination works in all desktop environments and all window managers.

3: Alt + Tab

This handy shortcut allows you to cycle through all open windows, stopping on the window you want to have focus. In other words, you don’t have to grab your mouse and click (or hover, depending upon your focus configuration) to give a window focus. To cycle through the windows, hold down the Alt key and then press the Tab key until you land on the window you want. This shortcut works in most desktop environments and window managers.

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4: Ctrl + Alt + F*

This is one of those mack-daddy shortcuts you very well might need to use. It switches to various virtual terminals. The default terminal you’re working in is 6. So you can switch to another terminal by holding down Ctrl + Alt and hitting F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F7, etc. Now these are virtual terminals, so if you already have a graphical interface going, you’ll only be able to work in a text-based terminal window. This is really good for debugging problems with the desktop or killing frozen applications when you don’t want to kill X completely.

5: Alt + Arrow key

If you’re using Linux, you probably know about the pager that allows you to have multiple desktops at one time. Instead of having to move your mouse to the edge of a screen, you can hit Alt and either the left or right arrow key to move from one desktop to another. This works in all desktop environments and window managers.

The following apply only to terminal (aka console) windows

6: Ctrl + a and Ctrl + e

If you are working in a text editor like Nano (from within a terminal window), you can get to the beginning of a line with Ctrl + a and the end of a line with Ctrl + e. These do not work in GUI applications. In a GUI application (such as OpenOffice), these combinations will work as they would in a normal desktop world. (For example, Ctrl + a will highlight all the text on a page.)

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7: Ctrl + c

When you have a process running in a terminal window (say you’re following a process with the tail + f command), you can kill that process with the Ctrl + c combination.

8: Ctrl + z

This will zombie an application. If you have a process running in a terminal and you want the terminal back but don’t want to kill the application, you can hit Ctrl + z to send the process to the background. To get the process back, type fg.

9: Arrow up or Arrow down

The up or down arrow key, when in a terminal window, cycles through the history of commands you have issued in the terminal window. This is helpful for two reasons: You don’t have to retype commands all the time and you can more easily recall what commands have been run recently.

10: Ctrl + r

This is a handy command search tool. When you hit Ctrl + r, you are prompted to enter a character (or string of characters). You’ll have returned to you any previously issued command with that character or combination within. This is helpful because it does not discriminate between commands and switches. So if you can only remember a switch you used, you can enter that and the command will appear. When the command shows up you want, hit Enter to execute.

Top ten windows keyboard shortcuts

1. Open the File Explorer with ease. (Windows Key + E)

This Windows keyboard shortcut is one of my favorites. Instead of looking for a shortcut to the File Explorer, you can simply open it quickly using this key combination. If you are in the middle of transferring files, writing a word document, or creating a presentation, you can quickly open the File Explorer.

2. Switch between open applications. (ALT + TAB)

This keyboard shortcut is an awesome way to switch between applications without having to touch the taskbar. This is one of those shortcuts that becomes a habit after using it. When you use the ALT + TAB combination, you will open a box like this:

Once you see this box, you can use the TAB key while holding down the ALT key to switch between apps. You can also use the mouse while holding the ALT key to close applications that you no longer want to have open. This is great when you have a ton of different things running at once.

** PRO TIP: You can use CTRL + TAB within your internet browser to quickly switch between open tabs in the browser window.

3. Show or hide the Desktop. (Windows Key + D)

This is a very handy Windows shortcut to know. Have you ever needed to get back to your desktop but you have a ton of windows open? Instead of minimizing or closing all of your applications and windows, you can simply press the key combination Windows Key + D and your Desktop will immediately pop up.

You can also press Windows Key + D again at the Desktop to pull up what you had open before. This is definitely one of my favorite shortcuts because I tend to save a lot of data on my desktop and I need to access it at certain points when I’m working.

4. Open the Windows Settings. (CTRL + I)

Sometimes, you need to get into the settings. Maybe you want to change your desktop background, connect to a new Wi-Fi network, change some user account information, or change how an external display works. Having easy access to your basic Windows 10 settings is crucial.

Using this command will open these settings: 

In this settings area, you can manage a lot of different Windows features including apps, accounts, updates, privacy, personalization, networking and more. This is not the same as the Control Panel. The Control Panel offers more in-depth settings and can be accessed by searching for “Control Panel” in the Windows Search or typing “Control Panel” in the Windows Run Dialog (Windows Key + R).

5. Display the time, date and calendar. (WIN + ALT + D)

This Windows quick key is particularly useful if you use the Windows calendar to organize your dates and appointments. You can easily pull this up with this shortcut, making finding a date or the time even easier.

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6. Open the task manager. (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC)

This is a very important keyboard shortcut to know. If you ever need to open your task manager to check hardware performance, manage startup programs, or close a program that is not responding, this makes finding the Task Manager a breeze.

Using the Task Manager, you are able to view processes that are running, services that are running, users that are signed in, in-depth performance data and more. This will be mainly used by a computer professional but it is nice to have this under your belt in case you need to close an unresponsive program.

7. Take a screenshot of part of your screen. (Windows Key + SHIFT + S)

This is an incredibly useful tool when you need to take a screenshot of your screen but don’t want to include every aspect of your screen. One great example of this would be taking a screenshot of one portion of a webpage and excluding the rest.

Once you have selected the part of the screen you want to screenshot, the image will be added to your clipboard. You can then use the handy CTRL + V shortcut to paste it in your favorite photo editor.

8. Open the Windows 10 search box. (Windows Key + S)

Sometimes, you are looking for a file or program and you just can’t find it… insert Windows search. Accessing this very useful tool is simple. Once you use the key combination (Windows Key + S), you will see a search box appear in the bottom left portion of the screen. You can then type what you are looking for.

When you use this shortcut, you will also see some other helpful information that you can interact with. You can select any of your top apps or recent activities. This tool is one of the best features of Windows 10 and being able to access it with this key combination makes it even better!

9. Lock your computer quickly and easily. (Windows Key + L)

This shortcut allows you to quickly lock your computer so that nobody else can access your machine. When you are leaving work at the end of the day, it is a good practice to lock your computer or log off to prevent unwanted use on your computer.

This shortcut makes that process very easy. Instead of clicking a bunch of things to lock your computer, you can simply use Windows Key + L. You can also switch users with this method as well. Once you get to the lock screen, you can then select another user and sign in.

10. Open the Windows Run Dialog. (Windows Key + R)

This shortcut will mainly be used by computer professionals to open certain Windows components required for troubleshooting but it can be useful to the everyday user as well.

Top ten mac os key board shotcuts to improve your productivity

) Spotlight Search: Command ( ⌘ ) + space bar

This is the quickest way to bring up the Spotlight search bar on your Mac (see screenshot below). When it appears, start typing the name of a Mac app and it will attempt to auto-complete. Once the app name is in the Spotlight search bar, press Return to launch it.

The Spotlight search bar
(The Spotlight search bar.)

2) Close Window: Command ( ⌘ ) + W

While in an open app window or document, typing ⌘ + W closes that window. This is useful in most Mac apps, and can be used to close an open document without quitting the app completely. While using Safari, this command key combo closes the tab you’re currently viewing.

3) Hide or Show the Dock: Command ( ⌘ ) + Option + D

Sometimes it’s handy to hide the Dock, particularly when you’re using a MacBook with its smaller screen real estate. Try doing this with the traditional method of launching System Preferences, clicking on Dock and selecting “Automatically hide and show the Dock”, and you’ve wasted precious seconds. Instead, just type ⌘ + Option + D and watch the Dock disappear (or reappear if you had hidden it previously).

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4) Open iCloud Drive from the Finder: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift + I

Want to browse your iCloud Drive without having to click on the Finder icon in the Dock, opening a Finder window, then clicking on the iCloud Drive icon? While the Finder is active (Finder is listed in the Mac’s menu bar), type ⌘ + Shift + I and a Finder window opens with a view right into iCloud Drive.

5) Empty Trash with no confirmation: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift + Option + Delete

Does the Trash can overflowing with crumpled paper tweak your OCD tendencies? Instead of clicking on the Trash can, holding down the mouse button, and selecting Empty Trash — and then responding to the confirmation window (see screenshot below) — here’s a quick way to send everything to the dump. Just type ⌘ + Shift + Option + Delete while the Finder is active and you can empty the trash.

6) Zoom in or out of a Safari window: Command ( ⌘ ) + Plus Sign ( + ) or Command ( ⌘ ) + Minus Sign ( – )

Ever been to a website that uses really small type? Zoom in on it by pressing ⌘+ (see screenshot below), or zoom out again by using ⌘-.

Zoomed in all the way on the Apple Home Page
(Zoomed in all the way on the Apple Home Page.)

7) Force Quit an application: Command ( ⌘ ) + Option + Esc

Every once in a while you may get an app that shows the old “beach ball” and is not responding. Rather than mousing over to the Apple menu to pull up Force Quit, just type ⌘ + Option + Esc and the Force Quit dialog appears. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll up and down the list until you’ve highlighted the misbehaving app, then press the return key.

8) Get details on any word: Command ( ⌘ ) + Control + D

You’d be surprised how helpful this shortcut is, particularly if you are a writer. In macOS X High Sierra, hover your cursor over a word (sorry, but you will need to use your mouse for this…), then type ⌘ + Control + D. This brings up a floating window that usually displays the dictionary definition of the word, but also includes tabs for Siri search results, and items in the iTunes Store or videos on the web that may be related to the word (see screenshot below).

Press Command + Control + D over while hovering over any word to get details
(Press Command + Control + D over while hovering over any word to get details.)

9) Finder QuickView: Space bar

It always surprises me how many Mac users are unaware of QuickView in the macOS Finder. Select an item in the Finder by clicking on it, then press the space bar. Regardless of the type of file, QuickView displays it in detail in a window without launching an app. For an image file, it displays the image and offers to open it in Preview, while something created in a particular application (a Pages document, for example) displays the preview and provides a button for opening it in that app.

10) Jumping / selecting words while working with text: Option / Cmd / Shift + Arrow keys

While working in any text editor or word processing application, hold down the Option key and press a left/right arrow key to jump one word left/right. Option and the up arrow key takes you to the beginning of the paragraph, while Option and the down arrow takes you to the end of the paragraph.

In any line, hold Command ( ⌘ ) and press the left or right arrow key to go to the beginning or end of that line of text. ⌘ + up arrow takes the cursor to the top of the document; ⌘ + down arrow takes it all the way to the end of the document.

Finally, to select words without using your mouse or trackpad, hold down the shift key while using one of the Option or Command + arrow key shortcuts described here.

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