In this post:
- Open File Explorer
- Running commands
- Search in document
- Lock Computer
- Switch Between Applications and Tabs
This post provides practical examples for most frequently used commands in Windows(based on my experience).
This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but this should give you a good view on some of the common Windows commands. I recommend you to bookmark this article for your future reference.
Do you think that something is missed? PLease leave a comment and let me know.
Open File Explorer
Windows key+E - if you need to open new file explorer. Usually opens the C:/ directory on your PC.
Windows key+R - If you need to run some commands, programs, internet resources etc. It's very useful for starting - just type and press Enter:
- cmd - Windows command prompt
- taskmgr - task manager
- regedit - Registry editor ( you need administrator rights for it). Be careful because changing registries without knowing what you are doing is dangerous. Always do a back up.
Windows quick search
Windows key - Pressing the windows key will open start menu. Once open it you can search by typing names or quick access programs.
Copy, Cut, Paste
CTRL+C - Copy selected text
CTRL+X - Cut select text, copy it to the clipboard and delete the original text. Not working on read only text.
CTRL+V - Paste place the mouse cursor on the desired position and then paste previously copied text.
CTRL+S - in most programs this combination will save your work. Sometimes it can call Save us(not saved file) or Save(already existing file).
Search in document
CTRL+F - many programs used find menu.
F3 - Usually this is the quick button for finding next
element(once find dialog is activated).
CTRL+P - opens print dialog. Works on most applications like word, excel, browsers etc.
Windows key+L - this will lock your computer and only after entering the user password you will be able to unlock it.
Switch Between Applications and Tabs
Alt+Tab quickest way to switch between applications. Hold Alt and press tabs if you need to switch more than once. Press Alt+Tab+Shift if you need to run backwards. Usually shift is reversing the flow: for search, for switching, for iteration etc
Ctrl+Tab will go through all tabs of a program ( Firefox, Chrome )
Ctrl+Tab+Shift will go in reverse way.
Close Applications and Tabs
Alt+F4 To close the current application.
Ctrl+WTo quickly close the current browser tab or document.