Windows Shortcuts to Boost Productivity

Windows Shortcuts to Boost Productivity

It is one of the most popular operating systems on the planet and it is the most used operating system in office spaces. Windows has worked hard to earn its great reputation, and with all of the chops and changes that the system has experienced as it has been developed, there are plenty of shortcuts that are more than capable of boosting productivity.

If you are working in an office, or if you are still working from home, you are probably always looking for a way to make your work day that little bit easier. Once you know the work that you are doing like the back of your hand and you are comfortable in your position, having some shortcuts can speed up the work process and free up more time for other work tasks to be done.

You don’t have to be a professional when it comes to Windows in order to make the most of these shortcuts, but if definitely helps to have some background knowledge. These shortcuts should be good for all versions of Windows but there might be a couple of changes here or there, depending on the version you are working with.

5 Amazing Must-Know Windows Shortcuts

  1. Switch Between Apps

If you are looking to master your productivity, knowing how to quickly switch from one app to the next is key to taking back control of your work day and simplifying the work process. When you have multiple windows open, each displaying an app, the quickest way to move between each app is to use the Alt plus Tab option. This will bring up a display of your open windows and you can then click on the one you want to work on.

  • Quickly Close a Window

Making sure you have saved what you have worked on before closing, the quickest way to shut down the app or to shut down your PC or laptop, is to press the Alt key and the F4 key. If you have not yet saved, the app you are working on will give you the option to do so.

  • Permanently Delete Files

This is another shortcut you will want to be careful with, because it will result in the permanent removal of files. This means the file won’t go into your recycle bin but disappear forever. If you want to use this shortcut, you need to press the Shift key and the Delete key on the file you have clicked on and highlighted.

  • Check the Desktop

If you need to see the desktop but you have many windows open and minimising them all will take too much time, you can press the Windows key and the Shift key. This will temporarily minimise everything. To bring back the apps you have open, you need to simply click on any of the tabs you have open on your taskbar.

  • Lock your System

Instead of going to the start menu and then clicking on the log off option, if you want to quickly lock your PC or Laptop before leaving your desk simply press the Windows key and the L key.

There are plenty of ways that Windows can help you to become more efficient at your day to day work. And if you are looking for a team who can assist you with getting set up with a fully functional Windows system and Microsoft 365 account, give 24/7 IT Services a call. We specialise in managed IT support, IT consultancy services, and business continuity.

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