40+ Cool Productiveness Keyboard Methods Few Folks Know About

Is your mouse interfering with your workflow? Every time you reach for it, you lose a tiny bit of focus and time. And have you ever accidentally knocked something over while trying to grab your mouse?

Keep your hands where they are and study all the keyboard shortcuts that will put your mouse to shame. To save you time and increase your productivity, we've put together this list of the most practical keyboard shortcuts for Windows, Office, Chrome, and Firefox. We also added universal keyboard shortcuts that function in multiple applications.


These keyboard shortcuts are specific to Windows. We tested them on Windows 10, but most work on earlier versions of Windows as well.

Activate the high contrast

Shift + Alt + Print

By default, this link opens a warning window before changes are applied. click Yes or just strike return to switch to the high contrast setting.

This enlarges the font in all open windows and changes the colors to high contrast. For example, the desktop turns black, what was previously black text on a white background is reversed. Clicking the same key combination again will undo the changes.

Rotate the screen

Ctrl + Alt + up / down / left / right arrows

This won't work on every computer as it depends on your graphics card and drivers. However, when it does work, it rotates your desktop to turn your screen on its side or upside down.

It's also the fastest way to play prank on an unsuspecting victim. You can make this change permanent via the display settings. Go to the settings app (press Windows Key + I) and go to System> display.

Here you can get the orientation of landscape to portrait or an upside-down (upside-down) version of the two.

Have you ever done this by mistake and couldn't figure out what happened? Check out these and other keyboard shortcuts that users have accidentally hit.

Switch between open windows

Alt + Tab

This key combination starts a layover window that shows all open programs. Hold on to the Old Button and click the tab Button to switch to the next application. Release both buttons to open the selected window.

You can reverse the direction by pressing and holding Alt + Shift while you the tab Key.

Check open and closed windows

Windows + Tab

This keyboard shortcut shows you open windows on any of your monitors or virtual desktops, as well as a list of recently closed windows, sorted by date.

Delete a file without confirmation

Shift + Delete

Do you hate those nagging windows asking you if you really want to do this or that? If you want to delete something quickly without the hassle to confirm, use this shortcut.

Would you like to set the route as the default for immediate deletion? Right click on the waste paper bin Select on your desktop properties, and remove the check mark next to the Display confirmation dialog for deletion.

Should you ever have problems deleting a used file, we are here for you.

Show desktop / restore Windows open

Windows + D

To display your desktop, press this key combination instead of moving your mouse to the lower right corner of your screen. Press them again to make your windows just like they were before.

Locking system

Windows + L

You should never leave your desktop unattended. Before leaving your desk, press this key combination to lock your system. When you come back and sign back in, all programs and windows will appear as you left them.

If you don't have to enter your super-secure Microsoft password every time you log back in to your desktop, set a short PIN instead.

Run command prompt as administrator

Windows + R> Art cmd, stop Ctrl + Shift, beat Enter.

This is a complex chain of command. But if you get it right, you will have instant administrator access to the Command Prompt.

This shortcut will no longer work with the Windows 10 Creators Update, but will work again if you're using a newer version of Windows 10. Alternatively, press Windows + X to open the quick menu, then use the up down Arrow keys to move the Command prompt (administrator) enter and press Enter.

Shut down windows

Windows + X, U, I / U / R / H / S

You can shut down Windows with just a few clicks. Everything starts with Windows + X to open the quick access menu, followed by the U Key to extend the Shut down or sign out Menu. When finished, press I log out, U Shut down, R. Start anew, H overwinter, or S. sleep.

Create your own desktop keyboard trick

Are there any folders or applications that you will need frequently? Why not create your own keyboard shortcut to quickly access these tools?

You can use a desktop shortcut for the application or find the root folder. To open an application's program folder in Windows 10, press Windows key, search for it, then right-click the icon and select Open file location.

From here you can right-click the application again, choose create link from the context menu and click Yes to place the shortcut on the desktop. However, you can continue with the shortcut at the file location.

Right click the shortcut and choose properties. You should see a line that says: Keyboard shortcut: None. Click on that line and then on a letter on your keyboard, for example: I. This will create a shortcut, here Ctrl + Alt + I.

And there you go, now you have your own personal keyboard shortcut.

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Here we have selected keyboard shortcuts that will work in both browsers and possibly other browsers as well.

Jump to the open tabs

Ctrl + (Tab 1-9)

Instead of scrolling through all of the open tabs, you can quickly navigate to a specific tab if you know its location. For example, click Ctrl + 4 jumps to tab number 4 (from the left). With Ctrl + 9 You jump to the very last tab, no matter how many you have open.

Navigate tabs

Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Did you have too many tabs open for the previous shortcut to be useful? As in Windows, you can use the Ctrl + Tab Shortcut to go through all open tabs from left to right. add the shift Button to switch from right to left.

Close tab

Ctrl + F4

A quick, mouse-free way to close a tab.

Open closed tab / s

Ctrl + Shift + T

Did you accidentally close this tab? Use this keyboard shortcut to restore it.

Scroll with PageDown or PageUp

Spacebar or Shift + Spacebar

Take a break from your mouse wheel and use the spacebar to move up and down a website.

Toggle full screen


Quickly switch to full screen mode.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office offers an incredible amount of keyboard shortcuts. We can only highlight the most useful here.


  • Close the spreadsheet: Ctrl + W

  • Open spreadsheet: Ctrl + O

  • Choose a fill color: Alt + H, H

You can also create your own Excel keyboard shortcuts.


  • Change the font size for selected text: Alt + H, F, S

  • Insert picture: Alt + N, P

  • Insert shape: Alt + H, S, H

  • Select a topic: Alt + G, H

  • Choose a slide layout: Alt + H, L

A note

  • Open a new OneNote window: Ctrl + M

  • Dock the OneNote windows: Ctrl + Alt + D

  • Call up the context menu for everything that is currently in focus: Shift + F10


  • New message: Ctrl + Shift + M

  • Answer: Alt + H, R, P

  • Forward: Alt + H, F, W

  • Send: Alt + S

  • Insert file: Alt + N, A, F


  • Close active window or document: Ctrl + W

  • Format all letters as uppercase: Ctrl + Shift + A

  • Save as: Alt, F, A

  • Insert table of contents: Alt, S, T, I

  • Full screen mode: Alt, W, F

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We've put together a more comprehensive list in our article on Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts.

Universal keyboard tricks

The following keyboard shortcuts work in most programs on Windows.

Undo and redo

Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y

You all know that you can use the function to undo changes Ctrl + Z Abbreviation. It's the best shortcut to remember when you screwed up. Yes, we all want this feature to exist in real life.

Did you know that you can also undo an undo, i Ctrl + Y Keyboard shortcut? However, this feature is most useful when you need to repeat a task such as repeating a task. B. paste the same information in several places.

Close the window

Alt + F4

This will quickly close the current window in focus. You can also use it to shut down your browser including any open tabs. Note that Ctrl + Z won't work here. And Ctrl + Shift + T, i.e. to restore browser tabs, only works if another browser window remains open.


Ctrl + mouse wheel or touchpad scroll

With high resolution screens, we often find that text on websites is way too small to read properly. Here's a little trick that can quickly increase the font size for better reading. Yes, it does require your mouse, although you can use your touchpad instead.

While you hold it down Ctrl key, move the mouse wheel to increase or decrease the font size. When used in Windows File Explorer, this shortcut cycles through various layout settings.

This is useful for resizing a website to your window size instead of resizing the browser window. Or you can use it to quickly change the zoom level in a Word document. Press Ctrl + 0 to restore the default zoom level.

Mastered keyboard tricks

Now that you've seen them all, all you have to do is remember all of these keyboard shortcut tricks. The key is choosing the keyboard shortcuts that you use frequently and you will eventually carry them over to muscle memory. Your mouse will soon feel lonely.

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Tina Sieber
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During her PhD, Tina started writing about consumer technology in 2006 and has never stopped. Now editor and SEO too, you can find her on Twitter or hike a nearby hiking trail.

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