Combined with the “Windows” key, it becomes a convenient “universal key” | NIKKEI STYLE


Master’s computer operation is sometimes too fast to follow with eyes. The feature is that it uses a lot of keyboards, and the combination of mouse and keys is also excellent. Let’s master it too. Not only the operation method but also the efficient memorization method will be taught three times in the “Reintroduction”. It is a guarantee that if you wear it, you will be able to make a fool of yourself with your colleagues at work.

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It would be a big misunderstanding to think of the “Windows” key at the bottom left of the keyboard as “an obstructive key that just opens the Start menu.” When combined with various keys such as letters and numbers, it can be used as an OS-related “universal key” (Figure 1)。

Figure 1 The “Windows” key at the bottom left of the keyboard is assigned a number of useful OS-specific shortcut keys.

For example, if you combine it with a number key such as “1” or “2”, you can launch an app pinned to the taskbar (Figure 2)。

Figure 2 Of the apps pinned to the taskbar, the 10 on the left can be launched with a combination of the “Windows” key and the “1” to “0” keys. You can change the order of the apps by dragging the icons, so it’s a good idea to sort them in the order you use them most often. After that, remember “1 is mail”, “2 is explorer” and so on.It’s a good idea to start with about three

It is meaningless to check each time, such as “What number is Excel?”

The point is the sorting of apps in the taskbar. Since the number keys “1”, “2”, “3” … “0” are used in order from the left, sort the apps in the order in which they are used most often. On top of that, it is wise to remember with your own rules, such as “1 is email” and “2 is explorer”. You can’t aim for the fastest operation if you check the order of the taskbar, such as “What is Excel?” It’s hard to remember if there are many, so let’s start with about three.

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If you press this key while the app is running, it will switch to that app. If you want to start another Explorer etc., add the “Shift” key (Figure 3). Remember also the trick to open the jump list by adding the “Alt” key (Figure 4)。

Figure 3 If a window is already open, the keystrokes in Figure 2 (in this example, Explorer is “1”) will only switch to that window, but you can combine it with the “Shift” key to launch the second and subsequent windows.Useful when you want to open multiple explorers

Figure 4 Combining the “Alt” key opens the jump list for that app (in this example, Explorer is “1”).Quick access to frequently used files and history

For veterans who often use the “Settings” screen, I highly recommend the “Windows” + “I” keys to open it in one shot (Figure 5). It’s much faster than choosing from the start menu. Let’s remember “I” of “Information” etc.

Figure 5 Hold down the “Windows” key and press the “I” key to open the Windows “Settings” screen. Recommended because it is much faster than a mouse.The setting is originally Settings, but let’s remember it as “I” in Information.

The “Ctrl” + “V” keys are pasted, but the “Windows” + “V” keys open the clipboard history. Let’s turn on the function at the first startup (Figure 6). Press it again to open the history of the copied text and images, select and paste (Figure 7). Remember it as a higher version of the paste shortcut key.

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Figure 6 Hold down the “Windows” key and press the “V” key to turn on “Clipboard History” for the first time.

Fig. 7 When the clipboard history is displayed after the operation shown in Fig. 6, the character strings and images copied in the past are displayed in a list.It can be pasted by selecting it with the keyboard or mouse.

「↑“Large,””Is small, and you can also remember the left and right arrows as a set

You can also snap windows with the “Windows” key. Remember “↑”, “↓” and “←” “→” as a set.

First of all, the former set, but the basic rule is “large with” ↑ “and small with” ↓ “”. Normal windows are maximized with “↑”, and when returning from the maximized state, “↓” (Figure 8). Also, if you use “↑” in the maximized state, it will snap to the upper half of the screen (Figure 9). On the other hand, the normal window is minimized by “↓” (Figure 10). It is better to practice and learn with your body many times than to think in theory. The set of “←” and “→” is used for snapping left and right (Figure 11). This is not as complicated as “↑” and “↓”.

Figure 8 Let’s remember all the combinations with the arrow keys. First, set “↑” and “↓”. Hold down the “Windows” key and press the “↑” key to maximize the current window.If you press the “Windows” + “↓” keys in that state, it will return to the original state.

Fig. 9 When the window is maximized and the “Windows” + “↑” keys are pressed, the window organization function snaps and the display switches to the upper half. When you release the “Windows” key, you can select the window to be displayed in the lower half. From the normal state (Fig. 8, left), press “Windows” + “↑” twice for the upper half.Let’s practice a few times

Figure 10 Hold down the “Windows” key and press the “↓” key to minimize the current window. Immediately after that, press the “Windows” + “↑” keys to return to the original state. Basically, “” ↑ “is big,” ↓ “is small.”Let’s practice this several times

Figure 11 Hold down the “Windows” key and press the “←” and “→” keys to display the current window exactly on the left or right half of the screen. You can select the window to be displayed on the opposite side by releasing the “Windows” key.


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