When we asked Lifehacker readers to name their favourite keyboard shortcuts for a chance to win a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, we were bombarded with suggestions. Here are 10 of the most useful.
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Manage your windows
By far the most popular suggestion was using the Windows key in combination with the arrow keys to snap windows left, right, up or down. That remains one of the handiest ways to organise multiple windows on your screen without tedious mouse action.
Secure your system
Another popular recommendation was to ensure your system isn’t available to mischievous colleagues or family members. Reader bayenator explains.
I’d have to say I use Windows Key + L quite a lot. Locks the computer when I step away from the computer without having to go to the Start menu.
Reopen closed tabs
Shut a browser tab and then realise you still wanted it? No problem, as Gaz explains:
Ctrl+Shift+T to bring back a IE (or Chrome) tab I have closed.
Access the Run dialogue
Need to launch a command window or an app quickly? thecog tells you how:
Windows Key + R to bring up the Run dialogue. It may not be displayed on the Start menu by default anymore, but it’s still there under the hood.
Shut down fast
For Windows 8 users, shutting down can seem confusing. frothycrowd offers a keyboard alternative which we highlighted quite recently:
The quickest way to shutdown in Windows 8. Windows Key + D to head straight to the desktop, then ALT-F4 to bring up shutdown menu.
Don’t like the name of that file? B-ob highlights an often-neglected keyboard alternative:
Am I the only person who uses F2 to rename a file? It’s so useful! Far better than right-click, or slow double click. Saves lots of time, and you never have to leave the keyboard.
Add stuff to Evernote
We’re huge fans of Evernote here at Lifehacker. CG explains how keyboard shortcuts make it even more ubiquitous:
Ctrl+Alt+N to create a new note in Evernote from anywhere. I use this a gazillion times a day.
Change all caps to lower case and back again
bferbazza highlights a Word favourite we’ve also singled out in the past:
Shift-F3 in Word to toggle caps. Saves me heaps of time.
View system information
darkyourshii reminds us that you don’t have to go digging into Device Manager to find out about your PC:
Windows Key + Pause/Break: A rarely known one but it’s my go-to shortcut to getting to a lot of stuff when I’m troubleshooting someone else’s PC. Immediately shows the CPU and memory information, architecture and activation status of the PC.
Some laptop keyboards don’t have a Break key, which is very irritating (yes, I’m speaking from recent experience).
Switch between apps
We finish with a classic that every Windows user needs, as coggsa explains:
Seriously? It has to be Alt + Tab. I dont know how many times I use it switching between windows all day!
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. Unfortunately we can only award two winners. Congratulations to darkyourshii and B-ob! Your prizes will be on their way shortly.