HOW TO: Control whole of your PC with Shortcut Keys

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Bill Gates once said – ” I will hire a person that’s lazy to do my work, because he’ll find an easy way to do it.”

A lazy person will always be thinking of shortcuts to get his work done faster and easier. So, it may be the same case with you while dealing with your computer. Well, that doesn’t mean you need to be lazy to get your work done faster.

It’s necessary to be productive and work faster in today’s world. So, the only way to be productive with your PC is using shortcut keys. That’s actually what I’m going to show you in this how-to guide.

This guide will lead you to all the basic shortcut keys and other interesting ways, of how you can control your Windows PC with your keyboard alone. Also this can be helpful when your mouse stops working. At the end of the guide you’ll find an info-graphic that will contain all the shortcut keys. You can print that out and stick at a wall nearby your PC. That’ll be helpful, because it’s tough to remember all the shortcuts.
So, let’s dig in to find how you can control your computer with shortcut keys.

Basic PC control Shortcuts

Open Start button – windows key
Open program on Desktop – Keep pressing Tab until you reach the desired program. (Represented by dotted lines.)
Close a Running Window – ALT + F4
Minimize, Maximize and Move Window – ALT + Space (It’ll open option on the top left corner. Navigate through arrow keys)
Navigating through open windows – ALT + Tab
Navigating through different Tabs or option – Keep pressing Tab
Navigating through written Text – Arrow Key or CTRL(Mover through letters) + Arrow Keys (Moves through each word)
Select Text – Shift + Arrow Keys (This can be used also for selecting documents and programs.)
Right-Clicking Icon or Text – Select the icon and press SHIFT + F10
You can find more in the infographic at the end of the guide.

Custom PC control Shortcuts

Muting the Volume

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You are listening a song at loud voice and suddenly you get a call. Or may be you are listening to some “bad song” and you hear your mom coming up your room (Or else by mistake Justin Bieber’s song plays up) . In these situations, being fast is the only key to survive. So, having a shortcut key will be the best. But, if you’ve got a multimedia keyboard than no worries. Head up to this link to create hotkey to mute volume. Creating Hotkey to mute system volume.

Hide Desktop Icons

Many times your desktop may get loaded up with lots of icons. You just don’t want to remove them instead just hide them. Because, sometimes it’s useful having icons on desktop directly. So, better to create a shortcut for hiding desktop icons and show it up when you want. The toggling method. Create shortcut key to Turn On or Off the desktop Icons.

Eject USB Drive

You need to eject your USB drive to be sure the data is transferred safely. There are two methods for this. The first one is using the USB Disk Ejector Utility and the other one is a bit advanced, using the command line. You can create shortcut for the utility if you don’t get through the advanced method. Jump to Create shortcut key to Eject USB Drive.

Using Application Launcher

You can also make use of an application launcher like launchy(which i use) and execute. You can also find more application launchers. It’s just really handy to just type in your desired application and press enter. You can also create a shortcut to that application launcher.

 

Use AutoHotKey

shortcuts created by autohtokey

This is the most advanced and easy method to created shortcuts as compared to what you read before. AutoHotKey is a scripting language that helps you automate any command and create hotkeys. I don’t wanna go deep of what more can you do with it. But, as per our topic I’ll guide you to create basic shortcuts and automate some of the application that you use daily. You need not to be a programmer to learn it. It’s pretty easy.So, first of all download autohotkey. Installation will take few seconds. After installation create a folder on your desktop named “AHK Scripts” (or anything you wish) for storing all your scripts at one place. Or you can also create a folder in C drive to keep your desktop clean.

Next just right-click in the empty space of the created folder, hover over to new and then to autohotkey script. That’ll create your new .ahk script.

ahk script

First Script

So, now into your first script, let’s create a shortcut to open chrome. Here’s the script:
#c::Run C:Documents and SettingsABCLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe

Now let’s break that down. The “#” represents windows key and after that “c”. Means win key + c. After that is the location of the chrome application. “Run” command is needed to tell the computer to run the specific application. So chrome will open when you press “winkey + c”. The two colon sign ( :: ) represent “equals to” ( = ).

As # stands for windows key, ” ^ ” stands for Control and ” ! ” stands for alter key. You can also run a website. Like this:

!a:: 
Run http://www.alltechflix.com

So, when you press alt+a our site will open up. So, in basics you’ve learnd opening any website and application. Now let’s play with the text.

Short form Text

You can also abbreviate letters or create short forms for full sentences. Like for example paste this code:

::asm:: I feel awesome.

Here, as you write “asm” anywhere in your PC, those letter will automatically get replaced with “I feel awesome.” (You need to press Space or Enter) This can really be helpful while writing emails or chatting with someone. That can make you more productive while writing.

Note : You can add as many abbreviates you wanna create (a new line for each). After saving the script you’ll need to reload the script. You can do that by right-clicking on the H icon in the system tray and Reload script.

Well, I don’t wanna teach you everything in this guide about autohotkey. But, will create a separate guide for that, which will contain all popular scripts. For now, I just wanted to show you what Autohotkey can do. At last, the info-graphic.

Info-graphic for Windows Shortcuts

The info-graphic is created by MashGeek. A great thanks to them for providing such awesome info-graphic. You can download it from here. Keyboard Shortcuts: Adding more hours to your day.

Conclusion

Hope this guide would have helped you get a bit productive and work faster with your PC. But, it’s not the end. I’m going to write a series of articles on being productive with your PC and Android Devices. So, be in touch. We’ll surely make you feel “asm”.
If you guys have any problem, please share them in comments. We are all dedicated to help you.

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