I find it troubling that people who work on computers all day long don't know how to quickly switch back to the previously used window, or how to skip forward in text one word at at time. Hence this page. There's a more complete list over keyboard shortcuts at Microsoft: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts#keyboard-shortcuts=windows-7
|Ctrl-C||Copy to clipboard. Just like Edit->Copy from the menu.|
|Ctrl-X||Cut to clipboard. Like Copy only removes whatever is marked.|
|Ctrl-V||Paste from clipboard.|
|Alt-Tab||Quickly changes focus to another open window. Alt-Tab returns focus to the previously chosen window. Alt-(Tab and Tab again) changes focus to the second most recently used window. So hold down Alt and click Tab as many times as you want to focus on the window you're looking for.|
|Ctrl-Left arrow||In a text, move the cursor one word to the left.|
|Ctrl-Right arrow||In a text, move the cursor one word to the right.|
|Home||A built in key that moves the cursor to the beginning of the line.|
|End||A built in key that moves the cursor to the end of the line.|
It's really useful to use the Shift key to mark up text and cells in a spreadsheet program. Hold the the Shift key while moving the cursor and you will see the selection spreading.
There's a button with a Windows symbol(from Microsoft themselves: ) on most computer keyboards. Win for short. It's sometimes called a Super button. It can be used to quickly get the Windows operating system to do things.
While writing this document I've used the four shortcuts below at least 20 times.
|Win-M||Minimize all windows, thus showing the desktop.|
|Win-Up arrow||Maximize current window.|
|Win-Down arrow||Demaximize current window.|
|Win-Left arrow||Make current window half the width of the current display and place it on the left half.|
|Win-Right arrow||Like the previous one only it places the window to the right. I'm writing this in Notepad++ which is placed on the right half of the screen and I have other windows set up on the left half of the screen.|
|Win-Left arrow makes the left half of the screen occupied by the chosen window.|
|Win-Right arrow and the second window gets the second half.|
|Win-E||Explorer is the name of the file browser in Windows. Not to be confused with Internet Explorer!|
|Win-F||Search the computer as a whole, rather than the current folder.|
Explorer also has a built-in search function in the upper right hand corner of the window. Here I've searched for files with the word "Linux" in the title in the folder containing this website:
You can also type the name of an application into the address field to the left of the search field. That runs the application inside the current directory. I only ever use it to start the command line tool cmd but it still saves me plenty of time.
While in Explorer, arrow keys moves the cursor. You can also use Home, End and the Page up, Page down keys.
|Enter||Opens up whatever the cursor is highlighting.|
|Alt-Up arrow||Moves you into the "parent" folder. So if you're in C:\Users\username\Documents and press Alt-Up arrow, you end up in C:\Users\username.|
|Alt-Left arrow||Takes you back to the previously chosen folder.|
Shift works in Explorer just like in a document. Hold down Shift while moving the cursor and you will select items which can then be copied, cut, pasted or deleted.
Tap the Win key and start typing the name of a program you want to run. It will automatically be written into a search field. I just tapped the Win key and wrote "gim" and the Gimp graphics program showed in the menu above:
I'm a big fan on the graphical user interface in Windows 7. Not least the activity bar in the bottom part of the screen. I've pinned Explorer, Google Chrome, Notepad++, Windows Console, Cygwin Terminal, Windows sound control and Sublime Text Editor to my activity bar. Thus I can launch Explorer by typing Win-1, Google Chrome with Win-2. Notepad++ with Win-3 and so on.
Some recommendatios on useful softare. I don't use all of them but I find a lot of people stuck with Windows Mail, unaware of Thunderbird being kind of like good old Outlook Express. Not everyone appreciates command line tools for data transfer so DropBox is in too.
It's very neat to have your contacts, emails and documents available through your smartphone. Me being somewhat Google-centric, I have a giant Android-based Samsung phone. Google Mail and Google Drive are both hooked up to it. It's a pain to try to edit spreadsheets on it but just reading stuff isn't a problem. It also synchronizes contacts to my Google account.
Microsoft have their own variation. I believe Nokia is the premier supplier of Windows Phone right now. There is a neat tie-in with a company user management system, Office, Outlook and so on.