7 simple keyboard tricks that make computers easier

January 18th, 2022

By Darren Jackson

    Most people know how to point and click the mouse, type on the keyboard, and search the web. What most people don’t know are some basic keyboard inputs that can drastically speed up the way you utilize your computer! Below are 7 simple keyboard inputs you can type, to make your computer use even better!

    • CTRL + BKSP

    Deleting a word you’ve mistyped letter-by-letter can take forever! If you need to delete one whole word, hold down CTRL and Backspace simultaneously.  To delete multiple words, hold down the CTRL button and continue to tap on the Backspace button until you’ve deleted everything that needs to go away.

    • ALT + TAB

    If you have multiple windows open at the same time, but hate how long it takes to switch over using the mouse; this one’s for you! Hold down ALT and TAB.  This will allow you to quickly cycle through to the next open program without having to look to that dreaded system bar at the bottom!

    • CTRL + W

    When you have multiple sites open at once, you can close one at a time by holding down CTRL and W.  This action will cause the tab you are currently on to close and will send you back to the next open tab – no magnifying glass and little ‘X’ button required.

    • CTRL + L

    Again, if you’re not wanting to reach for your mouse, this trick is incredibly useful.  Hold down CTRL and L to highlight the address bar on your internet page.  You can immediately begin typing to go to a new website.

    • Windows + D

    If you need all programs minimized – including the program you’re currently on – then hit Windows and D.  This will bring you back to the desktop.

    • CTRL + T

    When you’re on the internet and you need to open up a new tab, hold down CTRL and T.  This trick will get you there quicker.

    • Windows + L

    This is a great tip for anyone, anywhere to use.  Whenever you leave your computer, hit

    CTRL and L to lock it.  Hopefully, you have some sort of passcode protecting your device… if not, time to make that change!