Most Windows users know a handful of keyboard shortcuts to power through everyday tasks: Ctrl+X/Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V, for example, are the universal Cut/Copy/Paste shortcuts, and Ctrl+Z (Undo) is also essential.
But true Windows experts know how to really save time by memorising a few less well-known shortcuts. Two of our favourites work on any Windows version: Ctrl+Shift+Esc opens Task Manager in an instant, while Windows key + E opens File Explorer.
If you’re running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you have a whole batch of new shortcuts, like these:
- Windows key + L locks the PC immediately (think of it as the ultimate Boss key).
- Windows key + X opens the Quick Link menu more quickly than right-clicking on Start.
- Windows key + I opens the Windows Settings app, where you can begin typing to search for any setting.
- Windows key + PrtScr takes a screenshot and saves it in a subfolder of Pictures.