Quick and Simple Windows Tips
Unless otherwise noted, these tips work on Windows 7, Windows 8x and Windows 10.
Want to change the name of a desktop icon, folder, file etc.? Click whatever you want to rename, then click the F2 key and make your change!
To view properties menu of a file, folder, etc., highlight it and click Alt + Enter. Highlight My Computer (This PC) and click Alt + Enter to view System Properties.
Click Control + P to open the Print Dialog.
While using your favorite browser, press CTRL + J to view recent downloads.
While using your favorite browser, press CTRL + H to view your browser history.
Quick File Explorer
Click the Windows Key + E to open File Explorer or Windows Explorer in a flash!
Quick Lock Your Computer
Click the Windows Key + L to lock your computer. You’ll need to type your password to log back into your user account. You can also use this tip to switch User accounts. (Note: This tip only works if you have more than one user account on your computer and your account uses a password.)
When you’re visiting a website and looking for a certain word or phrase, use the Ctrl+F shortcut to bring up a page search box. It will appear near the top of the browser window in Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge and at the bottom in Firefox. This works on all browses.
Press and hold down the Windows key and tap the R key to open a run box.
You can quickly open a new tab in any browser by using the Ctrl + T shortcut.
Quick Start Menu
Just press the Windows key to open the Start menu on Windows 10
Windows key + i opens the Settings app on Windows 10
Windows key + S opens taskbar search on Windows 10. This is a great shortcut for those who have hidden task bar search (Cortana).