The Best Windows Shortcuts And Tricks

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If you have Windows 7 or 8 and you want to press keys on your keyboard to do cool stuff quickly. You compute how you write: no time wasted. Even your name is shortened. Here we have some tips and tricks regarding Windows.

The Windows key

I used to think of it as a superfluous key—something that I only pressed accidentally—but the Windows key has many wonderful uses. Here are a few shortcuts we like:

Windows + D: Minimize all windows.

Windows + E: Open Explorer to ‘Computer.’

Windows + R: Open the ‘Run’ prompt.

Windows + T: Scroll through taskbar.

Windows + P: Change display configuration.

Windows + Tab: Scrolls through open windows in an awesome 3D way that will make people think you’re really cool. If they’re the kind of people who think keyboard shortcuts are cool, anyway.

Windows + Arrow keys: Snap your window all over the place.

Windows + [+] or [-]: Activate magnifier. Then hit Ctrl+Alt+I to invert colors. If you want. It looks cool.

Miscellaneous tricks

Designer/programmer Alex Austin sent me this one: hold Shift and right click in a folder to add the option “Open command window here.” Useful if you’re using command line tools for modding.

Ctrl + Alt + Print Screen: Print Screen throws an image of your desktop onto the clipboard, but this key combination only captures the active window. I use it for grabbing screens of windowed games that don’t work with whatever screen capture software I’m using.

Calibrate your screen: Click the Start button, type DCCW into the search and press Enter to give it a go.

Recover frozen programs: This one is from our friends at TechRadar. Click the Start button, type RESMON, and hit Enter. Go to the CPU tab and find the frozen process, right click, and then hit Analyze Wait Chain. The lowest process in the tree is the one stalling your application—assuming it’s not vital, end it to recover your frozen window. Save whatever other stuff you have open first, of course, just in case. There’s more wisdom like that in TechRadar’s Windows 8 and Windows 7 tip articles.

Become a god: God Mode is less exciting than it sounds, but still cool, giving you access to everything in the Control Panel from one folder. Create a new folder and name it:


Replacing ‘Whatever’ with whatever you want, because whatever.

Shake your windows: Grab a window and shake it back and forth to minimize all other windows.

Change Taskbar Windows: Windows key + 1/2/3… 0 will activate the 1st through 10th task bar items (Thanks to: Right Paddock for submitting it to us)

These are some of our favorites, If you have some of your own say it in the comments and we will add them to this post.


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