Have you ever noticed how much time it takes to switch tabs, take a screenshot, rename files and close all open applications? All of these tasks could easily be considered labor since it takes so much effort to perform them.

But what if all of it can be done in a second? What if all you need is some simple shortcuts to make your day a thousand times easier?

Here, in this list compiled by Bored Panda, you’ll find at least a couple of shortcuts that you’ll be able to use on a daily basis!

#1

There is nothing more helpful than pressing ctrl+f and typing the keyword you are looking for. This way you will save so much time from scrolling through the entire text and finding exactly what you need. Mac: command+f

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Person2638
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2 years ago

I just tried it and boy is it helpful. Thanks!

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#2

Want to access your desktop in a heartbeat? Click the combination windows+m. Wish to return? Press Windows+Shift+M. Mac: option+command+m

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Turd Ferguson
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2 years ago

Works

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#3

This happens even to the best of us. You’re in a hurry and you accidentally close a very important tab. Want to undo your mistake? Ctrl+Shift+T will do the trick! Mac: command+shift+t

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Person2638
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2 years ago

Didn't work :(

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#4

Catching a quick break? Not really in the mood for your coworkers to see what’s on your screen? You can quickly turn on the lock screen by pressing windows+L.
Mac: control + shift + power

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Person2638
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2 years ago

I will DEFINITELY use this in the future.

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#5

This one is particularly useful to capture some type of detail on your screen instead of capturing the entire screen and cropping it. Mac: command + shift + 4, then + space key. Move and drag the crosshair around the area you wish to capture.

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Doesn't work for me :(

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#6

If you’re constantly on your computer there is no doubt that this shortcut is one of your favorites, since it allows you to quickly switch between various tabs. Ctrl+Tab mac: command+tab

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Misterscooter
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2 years ago

Alt Tab to switch windows. Ctrl Tab to switch tabs in a browser.

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#7

Since all of us are reaching the maximum amount of laziness, why not go to the address bar on your browser without using even your mouse?

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Night Owl
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2 years ago (edited)

But that would still require of me to remember this combination and what it's for :/ :)

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#8

Really want to add an emoji to your text? Windows+comma combination will do the trick! Mac: Click on the text you where you’d like to add an emoji, then press command + control + spacebar.

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Person2638
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2 years ago (edited)

It"s period, not comma. 😊

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#9

Need to quickly check your desktop without minimizing and closing any applications? Use this shortcut to catch a glimpse on what’s behind the layer of tabs!

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Misterscooter
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2 years ago

Now you're just messing with me.

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#10

Like what you’re seeing in your browser? Wish to quickly bookmark the page? Ctrl+D combination will do the trick!

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

I bookmarked this page

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#11

This one is a very useful shortcut for those who want to keep everything on their computer in the right folder, knowing this combination will help you to organize your files in a second. Mac: shift + command + n. This command opens a new folder in the Finder.

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

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#12

Want to check something you want nobody to see in your browsing history? Quickly jump to the incognito mode by pressing this combination. Mac: command+shift+n

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Yong Zhang
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2 years ago

Firefox is ctrl+shift+p

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#13

Want to add a quotation to your text but pasting it always messes up your text format? Worry no more, just add the alt while pressing ctrl+v and the text will be copied in the same format you were writing before.

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Person2638
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2 years ago

didn't work

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#14

Wish to quickly change your text? Click Ctrl+A to select everything you have written before, now you can delete all of it at once, or you can use other combinations like ctrl+b to quickly bold the entire text, mac: command+a

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Misterscooter
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2 years ago

This selects everything in the window.

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#15

Bold, italicize and underline any text you need with this shortcut. Mac: command + B/I/U

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Doesn't work in BP comment sections.

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#16

If you wish to quickly move between multiple tabs just use the combination of ctrl+page up/down. Mac: shift+command+]

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Misterscooter
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2 years ago

CTRL Tab actually works.

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#17

Have more than one link open? Don’t waste your time by clicking each and every one, simply use this combination. Mac: command+press the link

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Troux
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2 years ago

For PC it's just a center click by itself.

#18

Many of us know the classic ctrl+z to quickly erase our mistakes, but have you heard of ctrl+y which lets you to redo your most recent action? Mac users: command + shift + z

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Kori K. Warriner
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2 years ago

F4 does the same thing.

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#19

Total game changer. If you want to rename any file on your computer click on the file and then press f2, it’s way quicker then clicking ‘rename’ manually. Mac: enter

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Tony Moon
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2 years ago

Seriously? How the heck did I not know this before?

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#20

If you want to make a screenshot of just the window that is open, use alt+print screen instead of single print screen button since it captures the entire window. Mac: command + shift + 4, then + Space key. Then click on the window you’d like to capture.

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Sage Jay
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2 years ago

what's the print screen button?

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#21

Having a couple of virtual desktops open allows you to have all types of programs opened without having your screen all cluttered. If you wish to move between your screen simply click windows + ctrl + left/right arrows.

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Merle S
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2 years ago

should have read the whole text before pressing windows-ctrl-d 😁 - had to open boredpanda on the new desktop to find out how to get back 🤦‍♀️

#22

Not many know about this shortcut that lets you to quickly zoom the entire screen to 200% in one click.

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r3dd3v1lL
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2 years ago

Ctrl+ Mouse wheel up/ down works for most browsers and windows icons as well.

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#23

Wish you could quickly change, edit or delete the last word you’ve written? The Ctrl+Right/Left Arrow will do the trick! Ctrl+Right Arrow/Left Arrow

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Layla
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2 years ago

Useful for writing, along with its friends Ctrl+Backspace and Ctrl+Delete.

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#24

You’re watching something and the noises just sound a bit inappropriate? Just mute that part by clicking ctrl+m.

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Not Quite Infinity
Community Member
2 years ago

Or wear headphones??

#25

Open task manager easily by clicking this combination, now you can easily access any running program on your computer.

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Dave van Es
Community Member
2 years ago

Same goes for ALT + CTRL + DEL(ETE)

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#26

Who knew you can quickly enter windows action center? This shortcut allows you to access your notifications and various settings in a second.

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Tony Moon
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2 years ago

Utterly despise windows "action center"

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#27

Windows+ +/- Somebody tagged you in a picture? Want to check your hair and makeup up close to see if everything is on point? Using this shortcut will save you some time! Mac: Command +/-

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Tony Moon
Community Member
2 years ago

You can also ctrl+scroll up/dn on your mouse to do the same thing. Huge time saver.