Welcome again to the Braintek video tutorials. My name’s Greg, owner of Braintek. Today, we’re going to talk about Windows 10 shortcut keys. Let’s get started. So, a couple different ones that we can do are the windows key. That’s the key that’s next to the Ctrl and Alt on your keyboard and has the Microsoft logo on it. Click that. If you just press it by itself, it brings up the start menu. That’s easy enough.
• So, if we do Windows + A, it brings up the action center. The action center has a couple different things like, over here, you can to Tablet Mode, Connect, Notes, go to your Settings, Location, set it on Quiet Hours, connect to a VPN if you’ve got one, etc. Then, it shows you some of these notifications – Windows Feedback, Security and Maintenance, you can get into Settings or you can clear these messages. So that’s the action center – Windows + A.
• Next, if you’ve got a microphone on your computer and speakers, you can do Windows + C, which doesn’t do anything visually, but Cortana will start listening to you actively and you can start typing “Hey Cortana, I want you to search for [this or that].”
• Next, if you actually want to bring up the search, you can do Windows + S and then all of a sudden, you can start searching with Cortana, assuming that it’s set up. At the moment, on this machine, I don’t have it set up.
• Windows + I brings up the settings. You can also get to Settings by clicking on the Windows Key and going to Settings, but if you want to do that instead, you can do Windows + I and it brings it right up for you.
• Windows + Tab will bring up will bring up the tab view. So, you can figure out – Hey! I’ve got all these things open, what do I want to do. Windows + Tab and then you can tab through and you can get to that stuff.
• Next, we have Windows + X. Windows + X brings up the alternate start menu. This is the same as if you right-click on this, it brings up this menu. If you just left-click, it brings up this part, but if you right-click, it brings up this part of the menu. This is the old traditional Control Panel and this is the management system – a little more of the nuts and bolts of how Windows does it. You can also get to it by doing Windows + X. Nice and quick for you right?
• This is always a good one. If you’ve got Microsoft Word open, and I wanted to take this and put is on one side of the other screen, I can do Windows + [arrow key—up, right, left, or down]. I can have two things (or more) nicely snapped with another portrait of my screen. So, that’s Windows + arrow key (up, down, left, or right). It will snap to different sides.
• When I do Windows + E, it will bring up the folder explorer. So then I can get into my different files on the computer – my pictures, videos. That’s Windows + E.
• Windows + L, which I don’t know if you can see that, but it just locked my screen. Now I have to sign back in. Windows + L will automatically lock it. Just like if you push Ctrl + Alt + Del, it brings up the menu so that you can lock, switch users, sign out, etc.
• Alt + PrtScr. This is a good one. Let’s say that I want to take a print screen. Let’s open up Word as well so I can demonstrate this better. Alright, let’s go to the CNN website. If I do Alt + PrtScr and I come over here and I paste that, it took just a screenshot of just this window. Now, if I want another screenshot of the entire desktop, I can do Windows + PrtScr and then I paste it in there, it now, not only includes the one window, but it includes all of the windows – the start bar at the bottom. Everything. If you had dual monitors, it would grab everything on that as well. So, Alt + PrtScr on the focused on window, will do just that, where Windows + PrtScr will get everything.
• A couple of other things, if you are in the browser, you can do Ctrl + T. It will open up a new tab for you. So I’m over here, I can do Ctrl + T, www.braintek.com, I can quickly get to that.
• If I’m inside I browser, I can do Ctrl + D and that will add it as a bookmark.
• Ctrl + L brings me to the URL so I can start typing in another page. I want to go to msn.com. No, I really want to go to Toyota.com or wherever you want to go to.
• Ctrl + Tab will take you through your tabs within the browser. Cool, right?
• Ctrl + Enter will type in the .com for me so I don’t have to type that out for myself.
So, those are a bunch of shortcut keys. I’ve got a full list on the Braintek website. I will put that URL here in the comments. I’d like to thank you for watching the Braintek video tutorials. Become a subscriber and have a great day!
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