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Five useful but little known shortcuts in Windows 10 | Productivity

Microsoft adds standard shortcuts to all recent editions of Windows, but they are not well known to system users. For example, you can access programs that are pinned to the taskbar faster through the keyboard and thus save time on your computer. In addition, the operating system allows the user to customize their own shortcuts to save time and memorize commands more easily. Here are five unfamiliar but useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

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Windows lets you configure custom system shortcuts Photo: Carolina Oschendorf / TechTudoWindows lets you configure custom system shortcuts Photo: Carolina Oschendorf / TechTudo

Windows lets you configure custom system shortcuts Photo: Carolina Oschendorf / TechTudo

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You can add taskbar shortcuts to save time and gain more agility when opening files. The option is present in the option list accessed from a program pinned to the bar. It displays the latest projects made within the software so that you can quickly select the desired document without having to search it in your computer folders.

Step 1. Right click on the program icon in the taskbar;

Choose the program you want to use Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraChoose the program you want to use Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Choose the program you want to use Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 2. Then select the document you want to open from the options list;

The system displays a list of the latest documents opened in the program Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraThe system displays a list of the latest documents opened in the program Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The system displays a list of the latest documents opened in the program Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 3. You can pin a document to the top of the options list by selecting the right pin icon from the desired file name. The ideal function for pinning a document is widely used by the user.

  It is possible to pin a document so that it always appears Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira  It is possible to pin a document so that it always appears Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

It is possible to pin a document so that it always appears Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

2. Launch taskbar shortcuts with keyboard shortcuts

Windows has a little hidden function that lets you open taskbar-fixed programs from keyboard shortcuts without the need for a mouse. Learn how to use it in the walkthrough below.

Step 1. To open a taskbar program, press the Win + T keys at the same time. The Win key represented on the keyboard by the Windows icon. Then press Enter to open the first program option pinned to the bar;

The first option to appear is the first left program Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle FerreiraThe first option to appear is the first left program Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

The first option to appear is the first left program Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 2. If the desired program is not the first one on the bar, press the Win + T command again until you reach the application you want to open. You must then press Enter to open the program.

Choose the desired program and press Enter Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraChoose the desired program and press Enter Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Choose the desired program and press Enter Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

3. Configure your own keyboard shortcuts

Although Windows offers standard keyboard shortcuts, you can customize new commands to access a specific program practically. A helpful tip is to put the first letter of the program as a shortcut key for easy memorization.

Step 1. With the right mouse button, select the icon of the chosen program and, in the menu that appears, press the "Create Shortcut" option;

Create a program shortcut on your desktop Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle FerreiraCreate a program shortcut on your desktop Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

Create a program shortcut on your desktop Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 2. A new program icon will be created. Right click on it and select "Properties";

In the Property menu you can create keyboard shortcuts Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraIn the Property menu you can create keyboard shortcuts Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

In the Property menu you can create keyboard shortcuts Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 3. In the window that opens, access the "Shortcut" tab;

Search for shortcuts tab Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraSearch for shortcuts tab Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Search for shortcuts tab Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 4. Go to the "Shortcut Key" option and type the desired key to serve as a shortcut to the program. Here, the key chosen as an example was P. The system automatically creates the shortcut "Ctrl + Alt + chosen key".

The shortcut works in the format "Ctrl + Alt + key" Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraThe shortcut works in the format "Ctrl + Alt + key" Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The shortcut works in the format "Ctrl + Alt + key" Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

4. Configure the Submit Menu

Another option for maximizing the use of your time is to keep your computer organized by creating quick access folders. This feature renames commonly used files and creates keyboard shortcuts to access them from the "Send To …" option.

It is accessed after clicking on a file, and its function is to route documents directly to a specific path on the PC. Learn how to include your quick access folder in your upload options list so you can quickly send files to your folder.

Step 1. Create a folder for your most used files and make the custom keyboard shortcut following the instructions in the previous topic. Then copy the created folder;

Create a shortcut folder with quick access Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraCreate a shortcut folder with quick access Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Create a shortcut folder with quick access Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 2. Search the search bar for "Run", and select the corresponding option;

The Search Bar the bar at the bottom left of the Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira screenThe Search Bar the bar at the bottom left of the Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira screen

The Search Bar the bar at the bottom left of the Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira screen

Step 3. In the Run Menu, type the command "shell: sendto" (without quotes) and press "Ok";

The command will open "Send To" destination windows Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraThe command will open "Send To" destination windows Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The command will open "Send To" destination windows Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 4. The file explorer will open a window containing all the options that appear in the "Send To" menu;

Window shows existing shipping destinations Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraWindow shows existing shipping destinations Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Window shows existing shipping destinations Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 5. Paste the folder on the page so that it is listed in the "Send To" menu options;

The paste option can also be used by the shortcut "Ctrl + V" Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraThe paste option can also be used by the shortcut "Ctrl + V" Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The paste option can also be used by the shortcut "Ctrl + V" Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 6. To make sure the setup was done well, select any document and right click and check if in the "Send To" section the folder option appears.

Check if the created folder appears in the destinations option Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraCheck if the created folder appears in the destinations option Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Check if the created folder appears in the destinations option Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

5. Fast Access or My Computer?

Windows 10 displays a page with the most accessed documents and folders on the system when you open the file menu. The functionality may be useful for those who want to quickly access your files, but if you created quick shortcuts with the most commonly used documents, such a function may not be as necessary. Instead, the file window can be used as a way to access rarely accessed files, or through normal viewing by folders and subfolders.

Step 1. To change the initial files displayed, open the file menu and go to the "View" tab. Then select "Options";

Open Computer File Explorer Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraOpen Computer File Explorer Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Open Computer File Explorer Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 2. In the new window that will open, go to the "General" tab and then select the "Open Explorer for:" option. Choose "My Computer" and press "Ok". The file explorer exits quick access mode.

The displayed folders will now be sorted by their place of origin. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraThe displayed folders will now be sorted by their place of origin. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

The displayed folders will now be sorted by their place of origin. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

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