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11 Keyboard Combinations That Can Make Your Life Way Easier

Transforming a sequence of mouse clicks at the touch of a button or 2 can dramatically improve your productivity. Brainscape has calculated that a person spending 8 hours a day in front of a computer can lose 64 hours a year using a mouse instead of the keyboard for most tasks.

Although we may all know a few keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste, we rarely try to find or use other shortcuts. Bright Side has compiled a list of 11 keyboard shortcuts that will make you an experienced user. In addition, for those who are just starting to type on a keyboard, there is a bonus at the end!


Windows users: 

While most of you know that Ctrl + Z is used to undo an action, did you know that there is a keyboard combination doing the opposite? Pressing Ctrl + Y will repeat the action that you undo.

Mac users: 

Command + Shift + Z

Screenshot of active window

For Windows users: 

The Print Screen (PrtSc) key on your keyboard is used to take snapshots of the entire screen. But if you want to quickly take a screenshot of the active window only, press Alt + Print Screen. This will eliminate the need to modify the screenshot to cut only the active screen.

For Mac users: 

Command + Shift + 4, then press the Space key. This will move the crosshair cursor to the camera icon. Now click on the window you want to capture.

Snipping tool

Only for Windows 10: 

To capture parts of the active screen, press the Windows logo key + Shift + S, and select the part of the screen you want to save. The selected part will get saved in the clipboard.

For Mac users: 

Command + Shift + 4. This will change the cursor from an arrow to crosshair. Now click on the window you wish to capture. Move and drag the crosshair around the area you want to capture.

Create a new folder

For Windows users: 

The most common way people create a new folder is by right-clicking the mouse or the trackpad, and then selecting the option New > Folder. An easier way is to click the 3 keys Ctrl, Shift, and N together.

For Mac users: 

Shift + Command + N. This will open a new folder in the Finder.

The Emoji Keyboard

Only for Windows 10: Pressing the Windows key and the Period (full stop) key will display the Emoji keyboard. This won’t work on previous versions of Windows.

For Mac users: Place the cursor in the text field where you’d like to insert an Emoji. Now press Command + Control + Spacebar to access them.

Minimize all windows

For Windows users: 

What if you need to minimize all open windows immediately? Just pressing the Windows logo key + M will do the magic!

For Mac users: 

Option + Command + M.

Lock Windows

For Windows users: 

If minimizing is not enough, you can lock Windows by clicking the Windows logo key and the letter L. To resume, you will have to enter your Windows password.

For Mac users: 

Control + Shift + Power.

Add a new virtual desktop (for Windows 10)

If you keep a lot of apps open at once or use your PC for very different types of tasks, virtual desktops offer a convenient way to stay uncluttered and organized. To add a new virtual desktop, press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + D. To move back and forth between the virtual desktops, use the key combination: Windows logo key + Ctrl + Right arrow/Left arrow. Pressing the Windows logo key + Ctrl + F4 will close the current virtual desktop.

Google Chrome
Open Chrome in incognito mode

For Windows users: 

You probably know that Ctrl + N and Ctrl + T are used to open a new window and a tab in Google Chrome. But if you often find yourself using Chrome in the incognito mode, pressing the 3 keys Ctrl, Shift, and N will save you some time.

For Mac users: 

Command + Shift + N.

Open a recently-closed tab

For Windows users: 

If you so happen to close a tab by mistake, you can reopen it by pressing Ctrl + Shift + T. Pressing these keys each time will open the previously-closed window. Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you’ve closed.

For Mac users: 

Command + Shift + T.

Open links in a new tab without going into that tab

For Windows users: 

When you use Google to search and click on a search result, a new tab opens up corresponding to the link clicked. If you wish to open more web pages that show up on the search page, you have to keep going back to the search page every time. To remain on the search page and open all search results that you wish to open in separate tabs, hold the Ctrl key while clicking the link. This method will work for all links that you click anywhere while using the Chrome browser.

For Mac users: 

Press the Command key and click the link.

Bonus: The typing chart

When you start practicing typing, following the correct method will help increase your speed and avoid mistakes. To start, identify the home keys for the fingers of your left hand and the fingers of your right hand.

Home keys for left-hand fingers: A, S, D, F (with the little finger on A)

Home keys for right-hand fingers: ; (semicolon), L, K, J (with the little finger on the semicolon)

The nail color of each finger corresponds to the color of the keys on the keyboard.

After pressing any key, the finger should return to its home key.

Once you have practiced enough and built muscle memory for each key, returning to the home key every time won’t always be necessary.

Which other little-used keyboard shortcuts do you know of? Let us know in the comments.

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