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Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Windows


Shortcuts can be found everywhere.

Shortcuts can be found everywhere.

Navigate Through Windows Using These Easy Shortcuts

Many computer geeks love keyboard shortcuts, and rightfully so. Without wasting time using a mouse they are able to make their way around Windows. Another reason why keyboard shortcuts are important is, if your mouse is malfunctioning. Here are a few keyboard shortcuts you may find useful.

Maximize Window

Using the up arrow and Windows key together will maximize a window.

Move Window

To move a window, you need to maximize it first. Have the window go into window mode by pressing spacebar and Alt together. Now move up to Restore and hit Enter. After in window mode, move the window pressing the spacebar and Alt at the same time, go to Move and hit Enter. Now you are able to move the window with the arrow keys.

Minimize Window

Use down arrow and Windows key at the same time.

Close a Window

Press at the same time the F4 and Ctrl keys to close a widow you currently have open.

Close Tab

In the majority of programs, pressing F4 and Ctrl together to close tabs.

Switching between Tabs

In the window selected, to move from left tab to right tab press Tab and Ctrl together.

To move from right tab to left tab, press Ctrl, Shift, and Tab together.

Move Between Applications and Open Windows

Hold down Alt then press the Tab key to move between applications and open windows. When done successfully, a box showing each program that is open on the computer will be displayed. Continue holding Alt while repeatedly clicking Tab to move from program to program. Let both of the keys go when the program you want is selected to change to it.

Open Program on Desktop

If there is an icon on your desktop of a program you would like to run, get to your desktop by hitting the Tab Key. The Tab key switches you between your desktop, Start Button, and every icon on your taskbar.

Most times, you have to hit the Tab key many times before getting to the icons on the desktop. When you have selected a desktop icon, use the arrow keys to move to between icons.

After you have selected the correct icon, hit Enter and the program will open.

Moving and Manipulating Through Text

When working with a documents text, there are different ways you can move throughout it without using a mouse.

Move the cursor in a document left, right, up, and down by use of the arrow keys.

Move your cursor in a document one word at a time by pressing right or left arrow key and Ctrl together.

Move from one paragraph to another by pushing up or down arrow key and Ctrl together.

Highlight text by using the Shift key.

These are just a few of the many keyboard shortcuts available. Once you start using them more regularly, you’re able to get a whole new outlook on what can be done right from one click of a button on your keyboard. Whether you have Windows 10, or a later version; be prepared for the shortcuts you could take.

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