35 Keyboard Combinations For Windows And Mac
It takes time to learn these keyboard combinations, but learning them pays dividends in the future!
Alexandrea Becker

There’s no avoiding technology these days. That’s why it’s important to know how to utilize your devices to the fullest. Below, we’ve gathered some keyboard hacks that will make life on your computer easier. Check them out and let us know if we missed any crucial ones in the comments below!

Here are some need-to-know keyboard combinations for your Mac.


Command + 1 (2, 3) — this hack, you can cycle through open tabs on your browser. Just hit the corresponding number to the tab you want to open.

Command + F3 — removes all app windows from view displaying your desktop. To bring your apps back, simply press the keys again.

Command + H — quickly hide all open windows from the currently active app.

Command + Down Arrow — jump to the bottom of any webpage.

Command + Up Arrow — jump to the top of any webpage.

Command + Semicolon — go through all of the misspelled words in any given document with this hack.

Command + Shift + T — this combinations opens recently closed tabs. It’s perfect for if you ever accidentally close out of something.

Option + Command + F — this opens the search field.

Option + Delete — this shortcut will delete one word at a time, as opposed to one letter at a time.

Option + Shift + Volume Up/Volume down — will adjust your volume in smaller increments than if you were to just hit the volume controls.

Shift + Command + Q — to log out of your user account.

Here are some need-to-know keyboard combinations for your PC.


Alt + Tab — switch between open tabs.

Win — opens the Start Menu, however, in Windows 8.1 it opens the previous window.

Win + ⇧ Shift + M — restores windows that were minimized.

Win + A — opens the Action Center in Windows 10.

Win + B — selects the first icon in the Notification Area. You can then go through the icons with the arrow keys.

Win + C— shows the Charm Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1. In Windows 10 it opens Cortana.

Win + Ctrl + B — switches to programs indicating new messages in the Notification Area

Win + D — minimizes all open windows to display the desktop.

Win + Ctrl + F — opens ‘find computers’.

Win + E — opens Windows Explorer. In Windows 10 it opens the Quick Launch by default.

Win + F — opens ‘find files and folders’.

Win + G — brings all gadgets to the foreground that are in process on Windows 7 and Vista. This combination opens the Game Bar in Windows 10.

Win + K — opens a new Start menu. In Windows 8 and 8.1, it opens Connections.

Win + L — changes user or locks the workstation.

Win + M — minimizes all windows.

Win + O — locks device orientation.

Win + P — switches operating modes to an external monitor/projector. This works for Windows 7 and anything newer than that.

Win + Q — opens Search charm for installed apps.

Win + R — opens the ‘run dialog’ box.

Win + T — switches focus to the Taskbar on Windows 7 and anything newer.

Win + U — opens the Utility Manager.

Win + W — opens Windows Ink Workspace (notes, screenshots).

Win + X — opens the Windows Mobile Application Center on mobile computers.

Win + Y — starts Yahoo! Messenger if it’s installed on your device.

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By Alexandrea Becker
Alexandrea Becker is a contributing writer at Shareably. Alexandrea is based in San Francisco and can be reached at