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    Assigning a Shortcut Key to a Desktop Shortcut
Reducing the transitions between the keyboard and the mouse is a practice that can improve efficiency. Toward that end, this tip explains how to assign a shortcut key to a Desktop item.

    Assigning a Shortcut Key to a Start Menu Item
Reducing the transitions between the keyboard and the mouse is a practice that can improve efficiency. Toward that end, this tip explains how to assign a shortcut key to a Start menu item.

    Changing Shortcut Properties
Want to change how a shortcut behaves when you double-click it? Just display the Properties dialog box for the shortcut and make the changes you want to see.

    Create a Desktop Shortcut that Opens the Favorites Folder
Shortcuts save time and quickly open an item, thereby reducing mouse clicks. Create a shortcut to quickly open the Favorites folder.

    Creating Shortcuts
Shortcuts can be a great timesaver, allowing you to quickly access frequently used programs and files. This tip explains how you can create your own shortcuts.

    Customizing the Send To Menu
Adding items to the Send To menu can be a great way to open files with specific programs. Here's how easy it is to add those items that can help you be more productive.

    Deleting Shortcuts
Windows allows you to easily create any number of shortcuts you desire. If you want to get rid of those shortcuts at some point, you'll want to remember the information provided in this tip.

    File Explorer Shortcut List
Windows includes built-in combination keystrokes or shortcuts that can help you work faster. File Explorer's specific keyboard shortcuts can help you navigate quicker, save you time, and work smarter.

    File Explorer's Overlooked Selection Tools
File Explorer in Windows 10 is the main way to navigate files on your computer. Discover the overlooked selection tools found within File Explorer windows.

    Navigate File Explorer Without a Mouse
Navigating Windows 10 File Explorer with your mouse is easy. As easy as using your mouse might be, using keyboard shortcuts can help you navigate quicker.

    New Windows 10 Shortcuts
At times, it is helpful to work quicker to get things done faster. Windows 10 offers several new shortcuts to help you navigate faster and quicker.

    Opening Apps with a Keystroke
Opening Windows apps is typically easy with your mouse, but for the apps you use more often there is a way to do this without your mouse. Using a keystroke can help you launch or hide one of your favorite, most-used apps.

    Quick Screen Capture
Taking screen captures on your computer has been available on Windows computers for a while. Windows 10, however, allows you to now do it quicker.

    Quick Ways to Get Back to Your Desktop
There may be times when you need to get back to your desktop by eliminating the "clutter" of all your open windows. Windows provides a few methods for getting back to your desktop with a simple click or two.

    Quickly Hiding Desktop Icons
Your Windows desktop can become crowded and messy. When you need to show your desktop to other people, Windows 10 allows you to quickly hide the icons on your desktop.

    Renaming Folders Pinned to Quick Access
The Quick Access folder in File Explorer has been around for a while now. In fact, I use it to begin almost all of my file navigations. Unfortunately, you can't (by default) rename a folder pinned to Quick Access. You can, however, apply the trick in this tip to get the job done.

    Search a Website Using the Run Dialog Box
The Run dialog box allows you to quickly run a search on a website that offers a search function. Performing web searches using the Run dialog box allows for quicker web searching.

    Search the Web Using the Run Dialog Box
The Run dialog box allows you to quickly run or start a program using quick keystrokes. The Run dialog box can also help speed up your web searching.

    Shortcuts Every Windows User Should Know
Shortcuts improve productivity and speed up repetitive tasks. Here are twenty basic Windows shortcuts you should know.

    Swipe Your Text
Whether you're using a tablet PC or a desktop, there is a new way to enter text. Using the swipe keyboard found in Windows 10 can help you enter the text quickly and effectively.

    Two Quick Ways to Close a Frozen App
When an app freezes, it can be frustrating. Rather than restarting your computer try one of these methods to close a frozen app.

    Understanding Shortcuts
One way of optimizing your user interface is through the use of shortcuts. This tip provides a brief overview of what shortcuts are and how they benefit your use of Windows.

    Using the Windows 10 Touch Keyboard
If you don't have access to a physical keyboard and still need to enter information you can use the Touch Keyboard found within Windows 10. Enabling the Touch Keyboard is easy and quick.

    Win+E Shortcut Result
Configuring your computer is the best way to get your computer to behave the way you want. Here's how you can change what your computer does when you press the Win+E shortcut.

    Windows Key Shortcut List
Windows includes many combination keystrokes referred to as shortcuts. Knowing keyboard shortcuts can shorten the amount of time it takes to perform tasks.

    Windows Run Commands
Run commands within Windows 10 allow for quick access to system resources. Here is a comprehensive list of the available Run commands found within Windows.

    Windows+X Enhanced Shortcuts
Following up the Win+X keystroke shortcut with additional keystrokes can save time and greatly reduce effort. Here are all the modifiers you can add to Win+X shortcut to speed things up.

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