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The Data Czar: Tips & Tricks - The Windows Key

October 22, 2009
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We spend a considerable amount of time on our computers. Knowing shortcuts in navigation can help minimize that time, especially during multitasking, which I am sure is a regular for each of us around the office. Here are a few tips using that infamous Windows key that we all seem to bypass on our keyboards.



We spend a considerable amount of time on our computers. Knowing shortcuts in navigation can help minimize that time, especially during multitasking, which I am sure is a regular for each of us around the office. So, here are a few tips using that infamous Windows key that we all seem to bypass on our keyboards.

Windows Key + D
This combination minimizes your screen and takes you to your desktop. Repeating the sequence gets you back to where you were. If you’re like me and have tons of stuff on your desktop, this key saves on clicks.

Windows Key + E
Opens up “My Computer” with the folder view on the side. This is awesome when surfing for your files.

Windows Key + F
Similar to Control + F, which brings up the Find and Replace tool, this is your Windows search tool.

Windows Key + L
Handy when walking away from your computer-this shortcut locks your PC.

Windows Key + R
If you are a techie and love command line syntax, then getting to the Run command is a must. This shortcut works well, especially if Run is not displayed on your Start menu.

There are a couple of others, but these are the time savers I use the most.

In future blog posts, I will share some timesaving tips and tricks for Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint, AutoCAD, MicroStation, ArcGIS, Internet Explorer (especially IE8-for those of us still getting use to the tabs feature in IE7, this should be a good one) and CAD as well as GIS. Please feel free to contact me with any tips or tricks you are interested in, and I will be glad to share some that might help and/or point you toward other valuable resources.


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What Windows shortcuts do you use the most? Please share your tips and tricks below.

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