35 Secret Keyboard Combinations That Will Change How You Use Your Computer

It's impossible to avoid technology these days. Which makes it very important to know how to utilize your devices to the fullest. Below, you will find several secret keyboard combinations that will make your daily life on the computer a lot easier.

Check them out and let us know if we missed any in the comments below! These will certainly come in handy for every Windows and Mac user out there.

Need-To-Know Keyboard Combinations For Mac

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Command + F3

Removes all app windows from view displaying your desktop.

To bring your apps back, simply press the keys again.

​Command + 1 (2, 3)

You can cycle through open tabs on your browser.

Just hit the corresponding number to the tab you want to open.

Command + H

Quickly hides all open windows from the currently active app.

Command + Semicolon

Go through all of the misspelled words in any given document.

Command + Down Arrow

Jump to the bottom of any webpage.

Option + Command + F

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This opens the search field.

Command + Up Arrow

Jump to the top of any webpage.

Option + Delete

This shortcut will delete one word at a time, as opposed to one letter at a time.

Command + Shift + T

This combination opens recently closed tabs.

It's perfect for those times when you accidentally close out of something.

Option + Shift + Volume Up/Volume down

This will adjust your volume in smaller increments than if you were to just hit the volume controls.

This comes in especially handy when you're trying to get your audio output levels just right.

Shift + Command + Q

Log out of your user account.

Need-To-Know Keyboard Combinations For Your PC

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Alt + Tab

Switch between open tabs.

Win + Shift + M

Restores windows that were minimized.


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Opens the start menu; however, in Windows 8.1 it opens the previous window.

Win + A

Opens the Action Center in Windows 10.

Win + B

Selects the first icon in the Notification Area. You can then go through the icons with the arrow keys.

Win + C

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Shows the Charm Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1. In Windows 10 it opens Cortana.

Win + Ctrl + B

Switches to programs indicating new messages in the Notification Area.

Win + Ctrl + F

Opens 'find computers'.

Win + D

Minimizes all open windows to display the desktop.

Win + F

Opens 'find files and folders'.

Win + G

Brings all gadgets to the foreground that are in process on Windows 7 and Vista.

This combination opens the Game Bar in Windows 10.

​Win + E

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Opens Windows Explorer. In Windows 10 it opens the Quick Launch by default.

Win + L

Changes user or locks the workstation.

Win + M

Minimizes all windows.

Win + K

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Opens a new Start menu. In Windows 8 and 8.1, it opens Connections.

Win + O

Locks device orientation.

Win + P

Switches operating modes to an external monitor/projector.

This works for Windows 7 and anything newer than that.

Win + Q

Opens Search charm for installed apps.

Win + R

Opens the 'run dialog' box.

Win + T

Switches focus to the Taskbar on Windows 7 and anything newer.

Win + U

Opens the Utility Manager.

Win + W

Opens Windows Ink Workspace (notes, screenshots).

Win + X

Opens the Windows Mobile Application Center on mobile computers.

Win + Y

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Starts Yahoo! Messenger if it's installed on your device.

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