TechSpot: Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know

Many hardcore computer users might think themselves above learning new tricks, but there's always new things to learn that will help improve your skills. Our bet: you will find at least one useful thing here that you didn't know before.

We’ve compiled some of the most handy computer tricks you might not be taking advantage of. Our ultimate goal is to help you become more productive by shaving valuable seconds off your workflow. Of course, you can always pass along these tips to your not-so-savvy friends and family to help them become better PC users as well.

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glad Alt & PrtScn is there, used it for years and use it daily windows key and L (instant lock workstation screen) is also a good one at work.

Some useful tricks indeed:
* Ctrl + BkSp is new to me. Doesn't work in Notepad, though
* Ctrl + Shift + V for pasting plain text will help me greatly

Minimize all windows - Windows + D

Actually that's the command for "show the desktop". I believe the command for minimizing all windows is: Windows + M.

They both have the same effect though.

Corrent, partially. Windows + M minimizes all windows. Windows + D shows desktop. Pressing it again will *restore* all windows previously minimized (but not those that were minimized before pressing it the first time)

Windows + D brings desktop to front, pressing again restores it to its previous z-order. At no point are they minimised. Back in XP (or Vista maybe) Windows + Shift + M would maximise all.
No idea why they got rid of it, I much prefer minimising all rather than just bringing the desktop to the front

"Paste plain text of what was copied When you copy text from any source, programs will usually copy any formatting that comes with it. To paste this as plain text, press CTRL + Shift + V instead of the standard CTRL + V, and the system will paste unformatted text."

Love it

Pseudo Power User tips. Pretty useless all round.

They should have discussed modifying WIM images, Sysprep. local security policy etc

Start + 1 (starts 1st pinned icon on task bar)
Start + 2 (2nd pinned icon)

Start + Left: Dock window left
Start + Right: Dock window right
Start + Up: Maximize
Start + Down: Restore if Maximized, otherwise minimize to taskbar

And my favourite command at the end of the day at work
Start + r > "shutdown -f -s -t 1"

Never knew about God Mode. Handy. Also didn't know about the sequential renaming of files. Not found a use for this yet but certainly pretty cool.

Some useful info in there. Didn't know about pressing F2 to rename.
Here's another one: to go to propreties, instead of right clicking and selecting the option, simply hold down Alt and double click.