Maximize an Application

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Maximizing an application makes it fill the entire screen. Focus on the application using the Alt + Tab shortcut, then press Windows + Up Arrow to make the application fill the screen, making it easier to focus on one task … Read More

Accessing the Taskbar

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You can access open applications by heading to the Taskbar. Press Windows + T to go to the Taskbar. Use the Left and Right Arrow keys to move between applications and press Enter to switch to the one you want. You can … Read More

Shutting Down

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Focusing on the Desktop can give you an easy way to shut down: Press Windows + D, then Alt + F4. Then press Enter to shut down, or use the up and down arrows to choose another option, like Restart or … Read More

Go To Desktop

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You can go to the Desktop at any time by pressing Windows + D. This will minimise any open applications to the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen, and puts the focus on the Desktop. You can also press Windows + … Read More

Task Manager

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If you are stuck with an application that freezes and will not respond to anything, you can go to Task Manager to force it to close. Press Control + Shift + Escape to open the Task Manager. Then Arrow down … Read More

Searching in Outlook Calendar

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To can search for calendar events using Control + E or F3 to go to the Search box, type in keywords etc.But, in the Outlook Calendar, it works much better with the Advanced Find.Press Control + Shift + F to open the Advanced Find.Type in some … Read More

Draft Email Messages

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When you want to spend some time putting an email message together, you can save the email that you are working on. To save a draft email message in Outlook, press Control + S. The email is then stored in … Read More

Saving Email Messages

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To save an email message outside of the Outlook program, position on the email message and press F12. This opens a Save As dialogue where you can change the filename, which by default is the email subject. Press Shift + … Read More

Advanced Find in Outlook

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Pressing Control + Shift + F opens the Advanced Find dialogue. In here you can specific about details of your search. Type in keywords and/or choose different options available. Press Enter to perform the search and F6 to move to … Read More

Check Names

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In Outlook: Use Control + K to check names in the To field. Start entering a name, then press Control + K to find the person’s full email address from your address book.

Mark as Read/Unread

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To mark an email message as unread, position on the message and press Control + U. You can mark it as read by opening it again or by pressing Control + Enter. Please note: if you have the Reading Pane displayed in … Read More

Forwarding Emails

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To forward an email, position on the email in the Inbox, or open the email, and press Control + F. A new email is created with a copy of the original message, and first you type in the email address … Read More

Deleting Emails

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In Outlook, to delete a message, position on the message and press the Delete key, or Control + D. This sends the message to the Deleted Items folder. To permanently delete a message, bypassing the Deleted Items folder, position on … Read More

Intro to Outlook

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Microsoft Outlook is used mainly as an email application, but it also includes a calendar, contact manager, task manager, etc. In Outlook, press Control + 1 to go to your email, Control + 2 to go to your calendar, Control … Read More

System Properties

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Pressing Windows + Pause opens a System Properties dialogue box with all the main spec information about your PC. Useful for checking how much RAM there is or the power of your processor. The Pause key is usually located towards … Read More

Peek at the Desktop

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Pressing Windows + Comma will let you temporarily look at the desktop. When you let go of the keys, you are returned to the application you were working on. This shortcut is only available in Windows 10 but has been … Read More

Emoji Panel

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Make sure language is set to English (US). Press Windows + Semi-colon to bring up the emoji panel and use the arrow keys to move around and choose an expression. Press Tab to move between pages and pages of emojis! … Read More

Tablet App Commands

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Pressing Windows + Z shows the commands available in a Windows Metro app in full-screen mode, when using a tablet. Windows Metro apps are touchscreen-friendly apps written especially for Windows devices, such as the Surface. They were first introduced in … Read More

Windows Mixed Reality

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Pressing Windows + Y switches between Windows Mixed Reality and the desktop. Windows Mixed Reality is a mixed reality platform introduced as part of the Windows 10 operating system, which provides holographic and mixed reality experiences (Augmented Reality and Virtual … Read More

Quick Link Menu

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Pressing Windows + X gives you the Quick Link menu. Also sometimes called the Power User menu. It gives you handy access to things like Task Manager, Settings, Power Options, Device Manager etc. It has a handy option to shut … Read More

Windows Accessibility

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Pressing Windows + U opens the Ease of Access settings. These settings give lots of tools and options to make your PC more accessible, based on your needs. The settings include Narrator, the in-built screen reader, the Magnifier, Keyboard and … Read More

Accessing the Taskbar

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Pressing Windows + T gives access to the Taskbar. The Taskbar contains a list of all the current open folders or applications. You can use the left and right arrow keys to move through them and then press Enter to … Read More

Run!

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Pressing Windows + R you the Run dialog. This can be used to launch a Web page (if you know the full URL) or a program (if you know the name of the program file on your computer e.g. winword). … Read More

Searching

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Pressing Windows + Q or Windows + S will open a Search dialogue. Type in a program, folder or filename and Windows will search for it. To remember these shortcuts, think Q for Question or S for Search. These shortcuts … Read More

Presentation Time

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Windows + P gives options for projecting your display onto another screen. It is generally used when connecting a laptop to a projector or large screen for making presentations. When you press Windows + P, it gives a list of … Read More