It’s a busy day in the tech world today as Microsoft just a few hours ago released Windows 10 in 190 countries. And in case you missed it, the friendly folks in Redmond are making the upgrade to Windows 10 completely free for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Of course, if you happen to be running Vista or XP, there are ways for you to get Windows 10 for free as well.
Thus far, early reviews of Windows 10 have been overwhelmingly positive as Microsoft seems to have corrected many of the frustrations that plagued Windows 8. Which is to say, if you’re a Windows user, this is an upgrade you’d be well advised to check out as soon as possible.
If you’ve already downloaded Windows 10, or even if you’re planning to do so in the near future, you can really streamline your computing experience by making note of the myriad of keyboard shortcuts Microsoft implemented in Windows 10. While some are undoubtedly familiar, there are some new ones worth highlighting. Below are a few of the more important ones to be aware of.
Windows Key + A – this activates the Action Center
Windows Key + C – this activates Cortana with voice
Windows Key + D – this shows you a desktop view of your machine by minimizing applications
Control + Shift + M – this restores your minimized applications to normal size
Windows Key + I – this will open up your Windows 10 settings pane
Windows Key + K – use this shortcut to enable wireless streaming to displays and audio devices
Windows Key + L – locks your machine
Windows Key + S – this opens up Cortana
Windows Key + V – cycle through notifications
Windows Key + plus – zoom in on your screen
Windows Key + minus – and zoom right back out
Windows Key + Ctrl + (left or right arrow) – scroll through your virtual desktops, in either direction
Windows Key + Control + D – this creates a new virtual desktop
Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 – this closes a virtual desktop
Windows Key + Tab – quickly view all of your active desktops
Windows Key + Left — this snaps the active window to the left
Windows Key + Right — this snaps active window to the right
Windows Key + Up — this snap the active window to the top
Windows Key + Down — this snap the active window to the bottom
Windows Key + , – this will hide your apps and give you a clean glance at your desktop
Make sure to hit the source link below for the complete rundown of useful Windows 10 tips and tricks.
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