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Handy Windows shortcuts

Sometimes an article pops up online that fits perfectly in this blog. Marc Saltzman wrote one on Windows shortcuts that every Windows computer owner needs to read.

Here are a few gems:

1. Windows Key (by itself)

This launches your Start menu, instead of having to click the lower left-hand corner of your screen. Here you can search for a word in the query window, access your Control Panel, documents, media and programs. Or it can be used to quickly log off or shut down your computer.

2. Windows Key + E

This opens up your Windows Explorer program, which is a convenient way of looking at your computer’s drives (e.g. C:, D: and E:), folders (e.g. Documents) and files (such as Invoices.xls).

3. Windows Key + D

This minimizes all open programs/windows and shows your desktop screen. (Great as a “Boss is Coming!” key in case the Big Cheese is approaching during Facebook snooping or a game of Solitaire). Press the Windows key and D again to maximize the windows again.

Check out all ten of Mark’s tips at Save time with handy Windows shortcuts – and share a few of your own in the comments below.