Tech Tip of the Week: Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

For this week’s Tech Tip, we have some of the most common and helpful keyboard shortcuts for Windows!
Ctrl+C will copy a selected item to your clipboard
Ctrl+X will cut the selected item
Ctrl+V will paste the item in the clipboard
Ctrl+Z will undo the previous action
Ctrl+P will print the current page/document
Ctrl+S will save the current page/document
Ctrl+F will open the search to find a term in the current page
Alt+Tab will switch between open apps
Windows logo key+H will start dictation
F3 will search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F5 will refresh an active window
Windows logo key+Shift+S will take a screenshot of part of your screen
Windows logo key+period (.) or semicolon(;) will open the emoji panel

 

Tech Tip of the Week: Tips for Navigating Tabs and Windows

These keyboard shortcuts will make navigating and managing your browser tabs a breeze!

To close your current tab–
On Windows: Ctrl + W
On Mac: Command + W

To open a new tab–
On Windows: Ctrl + T
On Mac: Command + T

To move to another tab–
On Windows: Ctrl + Tab to go to the right and Ctrl + Shift + Tab to go to the left
On Mac: Ctrl + Tab to go to the right and Ctrl + Shift + Tab to go to the left

To close your current window–
On Windows: Alt + F4
On Mac: hold Command + Q

To open a new window–
On Windows: Ctrl + N
On Mac: Command + N

To move to another window–
On Windows: Alt + Tab
On Mac: Command + Tab

To Minimize/Maximize your browser–
On Windows: Window Key + Arrowkeys
On Mac: Command + M to Minimize to Dock

To open a recently closed tab or window–
On Windows: Ctrl + Shift + T
On Mac: Command + Shift + T

Tech Tip of the Week: Windows Virtual Desktop

Did you know that you can create separate desktops on your Windows computer? This feature allows you to have a workspace you can set up for work, another that can be organized for school, and another for leisure. All on the same computer!

You can do this by creating multiple desktops that you can then switch between that can help organize your open windows and applications.

    • By default, you will only have one desktop. To add a new desktop, go to “Task View” on your taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
    • Once you have opened Task View, you can add a new desktop by selecting “New Desktop” in the top left.
    • You will then have created a new desktop and can navigate between desktops by going back to Task View and selecting your desired desktop in the top left.
    • You can also close a desktop while in Task view by selecting the X on top of the specific desktop.

You can find more details and screenshots here.

Tech Tip of The Week: Spotlight Search

Mac uses can do a spotlight search by pressing Command + the Spacebar, this will open a search bar that can be used to search your computer for software or files as well as search for definitions, weather, and news.
You can choose what appears in your Spotlight Searches in your System Preferences, click here for a guide on how to change your Spotlight settings.

Windows users can use a similar search by pressing the Windows Key.

This week’s tip might be short, but knowing how to use spotlight search can make the overall experience of using your computer easier!

Tech Tip of the Week: Character Map on Windows

If you have ever needed to use a special character but don’t know how to, you’re in luck if you are a Windows user!

Windows computers come with a character map that can be accessed by searching¬† “character map” in the start menu. This Character map contains ever special character possible and Alt + [Numpad Code] that can be used to type each character.

Tech Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Some of the most common and helpful Windows keyboard shortcuts are:

Ctrl+C will copy a selected item to your clipboard
Ctrl+V will paste the item in the clipboard
Ctrl+Z will undo the previous action
Ctrl+P will print the current page/document
Ctrl+S will save the current page/document
Ctrl+F will open the search to find a term in the current page

A full list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows can be found here.