There are times when your mouse gives you a hard time, especially when you are on an important task. Or all of a sudden the screen freezes and the cursor just sticks to the desktop. Or you are tired of clicking and navigating your mouse from one corner of the desktop to the other, resulting in muscle pain.
Whether it’s an emergency or just multiple options to choose, you have your trusted keyboard that you can bank upon. Here are some common keyboard shortcuts you can use for the taskbar for effective results.
Some “must-be-knowing” shortcuts
The Start Menu is normally the start of using the system. But with Windows upgrading, you can simply press the Windows Key that lies on the bottom left-hand corner of the keyboard. You then type in the search bar and search for programs or the web. The arrow keys on the right side of your keyboard help you scroll up/down/left/right. The Tab key on the left helps you change sections and tabs.
Just a Tip – The arrow keys and the tab key are the default keys to navigate through almost all the programs and applications on the system.
Upon opening the Start menu, press Windows key + X to open the Power User Menu. This section contains a number of frequently-used shortcuts in Windows. You can use these for reference as you learn to master them.
If you ever take time to notice the options on your screens, you will find that some of them have an underlined letter in the word. For example, the word New in a document will have the letter “N” underlined as New. Using the corresponding letter with the control key, you can perform that function. In Word, Pressing CTRL + N will open a new file document.
Windows’ new helper
Cortana is the new personal assistant for the user introduced through Windows 10 for better navigation through the system. This “tool” assists you as you explore your system and use many tools and programs. Cortana is usually referred to as “she” and can also be voice-activated so she virtually speaks to you to make communication more lively. To open Cortana press Windows key + S and search for anything. To switch on her voice-mode press Windows key + C and start communicating.
To Open programs on your Taskbar
Usually, there are a set of icons placed on your taskbar. You can add, delete or edit them according to your preferences. The first 10 icons can be opened using the first ten 10 numbers on your keyboard. Simply press Windows key + 1 to open the first icon and follow on using the other numbers to open the corresponding numbered icon accordingly.
Once, the program is open, press Shift + Windows key + 1 (for example) to open a new copy of that program. You can also hold the Shift key and click on the icon.
To open it as the Administrator, in addition to these keys, simply press the Control key – CTRL +Shift + Windows key + 1 (for example). Or you can just click on the program while holding down the CTRL + Shift keys.
To restore or move a window, just right click on it while holding the Shift key.
Pressing Windows key + T allows you to browse through the apps on your Taskbar. You can use the arrow keys to move from one icon to another and press Enter to select the desired app.
Knowing how to use the System Tray and the Action Centre
The System Tray lies on the right end of the taskbar. It is similar to the Quick Launch menu, but it displays icons of apps that are in the running mode. These icons are placed here for the purpose of showing the programs running to the user. The tool is represented as an upward pointing arrow. Press Windows key + B to open the tool and scroll through using the arrow keys and select options using Enter.
Notifications and other miscellaneous settings are viewed on the Action Centre that is placed beside the System Tray. Use the keys Windows key + A to open it and navigate using the arrow and tab keys.
Multiple Desktops make you feel fancy
Playing with multiple desktops may make you look busy and cool. You can create and switch between these virtual desktops using the keys Windows key + CTRL + D and Windows key + CTRL + Left/Right arrow keys, respectively. To view all the desktops, press and Windows key + Tab. And the Windows key + CTRL + F4 to close the current desktop. To view the desktop, press the Windows key + , (comma) keys.
Other bits and pieces…
The Alt + Tab keys will help you shift between open windows. Holding the Alt key and pressing the Tab key continuously will give you the liberty to browse through all the running window from which you can scroll and select the desired window. The Windows key + I will open the Settings while the Windows key + R will open the Run dialog box.
These shortcuts can help you move around your taskbar with ease. They may seem confusing, but you can master them with practice. And as you use the programs more often, you might even come across more new shortcuts along the way. Use them as you discover how worthwhile your keyboard is.