December 15th, 2015

12 Windows shortcuts you should know

We are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques.

1. Snap windows side-by-side to work simultaneously

Making a PowerPoint presentation with content from a Word doc and photos? Teaching your students how to take notes in OneNote from Microsoft Edge? You’re covered.

Windows shortcuts

2. Add an interactive whiteboard or second screen quickly

Need to cast a lesson onto a smartboard or an extended monitor? Two keys are all you need!

Windows shortcuts

3. Easily take a screenshot, copy to Clipboard, and send directly to OneNote

Awesome for quick note-taking and creating lesson plans with multimedia components. Also a great tip to teach your students for research projects.

Windows shortcuts

4. Clear all windows and show only the desktop

Teachers have a lot going on! Use this tip when you need to find a shortcut on the desktop but don’t want to individually close each of your many windows.

Windows shortcuts

5. Go back to the most recent window you were on

Really useful to go back and forth between windows without having to take your hands off the keyboard.

Windows shortcuts

6. Minimize and maximize windows with ease

Windows shortcuts

Windows shortcuts

7. Zoom in and out

To look at a document or webpage in finer detail or get a fuller view of a long page for a screenshot!

Windows shortcuts

Windows shortcuts

8. Instantly lock screen

Need to leave in a hurry but don’t want your students to have access to your computer? This is the shortcut for you!

Windows shortcuts

9. Switch between different language keyboards

For multilingual educators or those teaching languages, this will definitely come in handy!

Windows shortcuts

10. Instantly access Task View for a complete view of your windows
When you need to access that window you used a while ago but can’t seem to find it now!

Windows shortcuts

11. Add another Desktop*

Whether you need to separate different classes, to divide your personal and professional work, or to just keep your desktop less cluttered.

Windows shortcuts

12. Temporarily peek at desktop

When you need to check something on your desktop, but don’t necessarily want to close all your open windows, this shortcut is your friend.

Windows shortcuts

*Available only on the Windows 10 operating system

Now try this game to learn keyboard short cuts. Your students can also produce these games for material they are studying.