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11 Windows keyboard shortcuts you have to know



Making use of keyboard shortcuts allows us to save up to 8 days a year, significantly increasing our productivity. Today we bring you the 11 best keyboard shortcuts for Windows that you have to know. Why take the long road, being able to take the short one?

Being someone who spends a large part of their day behind a screen for one reason or another, it is important to me that the experience be as fluid as possible.

On the one hand, this means testing the keyboards to make my wrist feel comfortable and meticulously optimizing the brightness of the screen for night use, but it also means making the most of the shortcuts that my computer has predetermined.

While most people know the benefits of a CTRL-Z or the peace of mind when pressing CTRL-S after giving the last touches to their latest masterpiece, there are many other Windows keyboard shortcuts that could simplify your life.

These are 11 Windows keyboard shortcuts without which I can't believe I've lived so far:


  • CTRL-F: From time to time, I find myself facing a deadline for delivery and with a lot of documents that I haven't read yet. I need to get at least a general idea of ​​what those documents are about, but the idea of ​​looking frantically at them is painful. Instead, I can try to search the document directly using CTRL-F. When searching for keywords, I can review the document and find the most relevant parts.
  • CTRL-Shift-Click: The process of adding files one by one to my cloud storage or attaching them to email can be tedious and slow. If I wanted to attach all the documents, a simple CTRL-A would be enough, but for more selective loads that solution is not always useful. Instead, I can press CTRL-Shift and simply select each document that I would like to add.
  • CTRL-M: In an era of multitasking, I often have several programs that run on my computer at the same time. To remove that cluster, I use CTRL-M to quickly minimize any other windows that may have opened and return to the desktop.
  • CTRL-W: Another help for overwork is the CTRL-W shortcut, which helps me close any program, tab or window that I have open without having to pass the mouse and exit manually. Without taking my hands off the keyboard, I just keep pressing W until the screen is empty.
  • Windows-L: What got caught watching videos of kittens at work or during a conference? With a single click of Windows-L I can lock my computer screen in a matter of seconds and escape an inevitable reprimand for not doing my homework. And, better yet, see that kitten again when there are no Moors on the coast.
  • CTRL-D: I often feel overwhelmed by the amount of tabs open in my browser and sometimes I have trouble marking and closing each one. But using CTRL-D I can automatically bookmark interesting pages as I open them and free myself (and my RAM) of having more than 15 tabs open. But, if you use it, be careful not to select anything before pressing it, as you could accidentally close it.
  • CTRL-: CTRL-PrtScr, a Windows keyboard shortcut of the most effective that shamefully escaped my knowledge for years. It is the one stop shop for all my screen capture needs. If I want to capture an important message, a funny photo or a video, this shortcut will capture a photo from the screen and save it to my clipboard to paste it wherever I want.
  • CTRL-Shift-V: You've probably heard of CTRL-V, the keyboard shortcut that allows you to paste items from the clipboard. But his cousin, CTRL-Shift-V, is the same or more useful. This shortcut also allows me to paste from my clipboard, but paste everything as plain text, which means that any strange format that I may have dragged when I copied the item will not alter the format I already have.
  • Alt-Arrow: If you've ever lost yourself in a browser, you'll know how important it is to relocate again. By pressing Alt and the right or left arrow key in a browser, I can easily go back or forward in my own search history.
  • CTRL-C-Scroll arrow: Ctrl-C is probably one of the most popular Windows keyboard shortcuts, but the truth is that selecting the text you want to copy can be frustrating with mice. This shortcut allows me to select more precisely the exact text I want with the arrows.
  • CTRL-Shift-T: I have a bad habit of filling my browser with many open tabs. Often, the tabs remain open as a reminder to myself of something I should do later, so I can sense my panic when those tabs close accidentally. But with CTRL-Shift-T, in a Google Chrome browser, I can easily reopen them. The shortcut allows me to reopen recently closed tabs and saves me the trouble of starting the search again from scratch.