Windows Users - Boost your productivity by speeding up your user habits.

by Gh0zt
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I have a party trick which my friends are well aware of - I can navigate my way around a windows PC faster than anyone I know and perform various tasks at lightning pace by using just the keyboard.

When I compare how rapid I am on a PC compaired to everybody else I know, the difference is quite drastic.

So here's a few of my little-known secrets to speed things up for you and make life a little easier and projects completed a little faster.

First of all - the basics [Though I'm certain *most* of you already know these]


Copy: (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[C]
Cut: (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[X]

Open: (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[O]
Save: (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[S]
Print: (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[P]

Select All: (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[A]


Everyone knows these basics right? And they help speed things up right? Well, now the fun part

Switch between windows: (hold)[Alt] + (press)[Tab]
*Note: you can continue to hold Alt and press Tab multiple times, it will bring up a small display menu showing you which window you are going to switch to.

Or if you want to just Minimize everything down to the start tray and view you desktop simply: (hold)[WINDOWS] + (press)[M]
*Note: [WINDOWS] is the button with the windows logo on it, found between [Ctrl] and [Alt] to the left of the [Space Bar].

If you are in your web browser and you want to switch between tabs lightning fast it's as easy as: (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[Tab].

And to open a new tab you (hold)[Ctrl] + (press)[T]


These are my most common shortcuts that I personally use to not-waste-time about things when using a computer.

Practice each one and use them all the time, they will become 2nd nature to you and your workflow will benefit - you'll be spending less time dragging your mouse to different corners of the screen and clicking through multiple options on menus.

And it doesn't stop here - these are just my personal most used, which is a great base to get you started - but there are tonnes of shortcuts, many of which the majority don't know exist!


Oh and one more thing.... If you need to log-out in a split second for whatever reason: (hold)[WINDOWS] + (press)[L].


Have fun and work hard.
Peace.

P.S - I'm just reading though this before I post it, and it occured to me: maybe you guys have some shortcuts of your own that you'd like to share?

I've missed a lot of my list - maybe we can built a collection of the best shortcuts for IMer's to use and create a blooming useful thread from it for the other Warriors to benefit from? I'm well up for it.

LOL - Just realised I missed out the most elementry of all, bold, italic and underline which are [Ctrl] + [B] / [I] / [U] respectively. Let's see how many people tell me about missing them
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
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  • Profile picture of the author ddev
    My trick to boost productivity with Windows: don't use windows 8

    I've wasted lot of time with it when i got in on a new pc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gh0zt
      Good advice! The german government issued a statement saying that it contains backdoors and China have banned it's use in all government departments (I'd assume for the same reason).

      I believe it too. Why? My mum's computer was hacked days after she brought it - and I know my mum, she has the best anti-virus, never downloads software, only buys the expensive products directly from shops - she is an angel on computers..... yet her machine was taken over - it was a nightmare to fix, she got hit with a gen2 of gozeus.


      Originally Posted by ddev View Post

      My trick to boost productivity with Windows: don't use windows 8

      I've wasted lot of time with it when i got in on a new pc.
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  • Gh0zt,

    Originally Posted by Gh0zt View Post

    I have a party trick which my friends are well aware of - I can navigate my way around a windows PC faster than anyone I know and perform various tasks at lightning pace by using just the keyboard. When I compare how rapid I am on a PC compaired to everybody else I know, the difference is quite drastic.
    Totally blind users like myself can't use a mouse, and these keyboard shortcuts are crucial in our daily computing needs. To experience how I use a Windows computer =>> Put on a blindfold. Then:

    *** Use a Windows computer to browse the Web and check / send emails and chat on Skype and use MS Office tools and share content in Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn and develop websites and program PHP / AJAX / .NET / C++ software and run a global ICT company with brick and mortar operations for multiple departments including a multi-lingual call center and post here in the forum how you do those things; and

    *** Welcome to my world...

    P.S. I don't use Dragon Naturally Speaking because it doesn't work well with the screen reader that I prefer (no use having a voice activated system when you won't be able to hear what's on the screen). Also, I can't read Braille quite well (can't accurately feel the dots after years of playing guitar and bass, and I still play)...
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    • Profile picture of the author Gh0zt
      Wow that's inspiring brother, God bless you. I am actually in a state of awe right now, you're extraordinary.

      Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

      Gh0zt,



      Totally blind users like myself can't use a mouse, and these keyboard shortcuts are crucial in our daily computing needs. To experience how I use a Windows computer =>> Put on a blindfold. Then:

      *** Use a Windows computer to browse the Web and check / send emails and chat on Skype and use MS Office tools and share content in Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn and develop websites and program PHP / AJAX / .NET / C++ software and run a global ICT company with brick and mortar operations for multiple departments including a multi-lingual call center and post here in the forum how you do those things; and

      *** Welcome to my world...

      P.S. I don't use Dragon Naturally Speaking because it doesn't work well with the screen reader that I prefer (no use having a voice activated system when you won't be able to hear what's on the screen). Also, I can't read Braille quite well (can't accurately feel the dots after years of playing guitar and bass, and I still play)...
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    Who needs a keyboard when you can do all that and more
    with Dragon Naturally Speaking? ;-)

    John
    P.S. In my opinion, discussions about productivity are just
    as valid in the main discussion forum as an increase in
    productivity can mean making even more money!
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    • John,

      Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

      Who needs a keyboard when you can do all that and more
      with Dragon Naturally Speaking? ;-)
      Totally blind Windows users of a screen reader called JAWS For WINDOWS need a keyboard and can't use Dragon Naturally Speaking, since it doesn't work well with JAWS For WINDOWS (no use having a voice activated system when you can't hear what's on the screen)...

      There's a "middleman software" called JAWBONE, which aims to make Dragon Naturally Speaking work with JAWS For Windows, but it's buggy (at least based on how I use JAWS For Windows, or on the specific Windows systems that I have)...
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        Marx Vergel Melencio,

        Lots of admiration and respect to you. I appreciate your contributions here.

        All the best,

        Joe Mobley
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          John Taylor,

          Good point. I also would like to hear (?) more about DNS and how you use it. I'm sure there are tips-n-tricks that someone who has never used it would ever think about.

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  • Profile picture of the author Gh0zt
    Yeah i don't know why my thread is here? I post it in the main section, it must have been moved by a moderator. - At least I can post a lot in here now and not worry about my post count going up
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