Hack 50: Command Your Windows PC from the Keyboard
The graphical user interface revolutionized personal computing because it made using a computer so much more visual. However, using the mouse is one of the most inefficient ways to drive a computer. Think about it: you must move your hand from the keyboard to the mouse pad, drag the pointer across the screen until it’s over a button or icon, and then double-click to open a document or launch an application.
You can save an enormous amount of time by using keyboard shortcuts to navigate your computer’s operating system and programs. This hack describes how to bypass the mouse and launch programs and documents on your Windows PC without ever taking your hands off the keyboard.
Built-In Windows Keyboard Shortcuts
Microsoft Windows has several built-in keyboard shortcuts that can reduce the number of times you reach for the mouse during your workday. Here are some of the essential — and classic — shortcuts for navigating Windows:
|Alt+Tab or Win+Tab||Cycle through open programs (release keys when you see the screen you want).|
|Windows+D||Show the desktop.|
|Windows+L||Lock your workstation.|
|Windows+R||Show the Run box.|
|Windows||Open the Start menu.|
|Ctrl+Esc||Open the Start menu.|
The following are indispensable editing shortcuts:
|Ctrl+S||Save the current document.|
|Ctrl+C||Copy selected text to clipboard.|