7 Underrated Tips That Can Maximize Efficiency for Windows Users

John Biglin, CEO | July 18, 2014

Roughly 3 seconds per minute are wasted every day when users do not implement shortcuts or quick navigation tools. That amounts to approximately 15 minutes of wasted time every single day! Maybe it doesn’t sound like much, but when you are racing the clock, those extra minutes can add up quick. Time is precious, which is why you should use as many Windows shortcuts as possible.

1. Playing God. Windows has a secret “God Mode” folder that enables you to control virtually all OS settings. It is a centralized access center, or control panel, that allows you to tweak everything from desktop background to more complex features. Typically, the OS control panel is organized in several categories and subcategories, but under “God Mode” everything is under one window.

How to get into God Mode:

  • Right click on your desktop and select “New Folder”
  • Name the folder “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”
  • This will duplicate the control panel icon except with “God Mode” as the name
  • Double click, open it you’ll have access to your entire OS in that one folder

2. Delete in bulk. This typing trick allows you to quickly delete entire words, rather than individual letters at a time. Simply hold “CTRL + BKSP” and the word behind the cursor will be deleted.

3. Crop your screen. It can be frustrating when you’re in a rush and need to print the current window, but the entire screen is printed. Fortunately, there is a Windows shortcut that alleviates this problem. Now you can print just the active window by holding “ALT + PRNTSC” simultaneously.

4. Undo everything. The popular “CTRL + U” keystroke that deletes a previous action has been taken to another level. You can actually undo closing a tab in your web browser by using “CTRL + SHIFT + T.”

5. Too much clutter. Let’s say you need to immediately close all your open windows, or just need a clean slate and don’t want to waste time closing each individual tab. By using “Windows + D” or “Windows + M” you can minimize all open windows on your desktop in one fell swoop.

6. Zoom-in, zoom-out. For quick zooming in windows, you can use “CTRL + the wheel of your mouse” (up or down) to zoom in and out. Never miss a detail again!

Missing your favorite Windows shortcut or tip? Post yours in a comment below.

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