Every time you lift your hand off the keyboard and reach for your mouse or touchpad, you’re wasting precious seconds. That’s why I use keyboard shortcuts for everything on my PC. Not only are key combos faster to hit, but they’re also more accurate than even the best mouse when it comes to precise actions like highlighting text or selecting cells in a spreadsheet.
When I talk to friends — even my most tech-savvy colleagues — I find that most use basic keyboard shortcuts such as CTRL+X to cut and CTRL+V to paste, but they don’t know some of the most helpful hotkeys that their PCs have to offer. These are the 15 best PC keyboard shortcuts you’re probably not using, but should be.
One of the best features of Windows 7, which also appears in Windows 8's desktop mode, is the ability to snap windows next to each other so you can split the screen evenly between applications. To perform this snap feature with the mouse, you need to drag a window all the way to the left or right side of the screen. Don't bother.
Hit Windows + Left Arrow to snap a window to the left side of the screen or Windows + Right Arrow to snap it to the right. If you have more than one screen, you can hit the key combo more than once to move a window from one screen to another and you can snap a different window to each monitor edge, allowing you to have four snapped windows on two displays (or six or a three-display setup). Hitting Windows + Up Arrow maximizes a window while Window + Down Arrow minimizes it.