Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Keyboard shortcuts for organizing and navigating apps, part of Windows 10: Tips and Tricks.
- In this chapter, we're going to shift our focus to some handy keyboard shortcuts that will help you to work more efficiently here in Windows 10. We're going to begin with some navigation tips. Let's start by launching another desktop environment, a virtual desktop. We'll click the Task View button down at the bottom, and click the New Desktop. So we have two now. And we can select Desktop 2 and start launching some apps. Just press your Windows key on the keyboard. That opens up the Start screen. And all you have to do is start typing now. Let's type in "note".
So you see Notepad. It should be highlighted and if it is, press your Enter key to open it up. Press your Windows key now, and type in "paint". It should be the best match at the top, the Paint program. Press Enter to launch it. Let's do another one. We'll press the Windows key to open up our Start screen again, and let's launch something else that everybody has. Let's type in "wordpad". You can just type in "wordp" or the whole thing, "wordpad", it should be the best match at the top when you press Enter.
So I have a number of programs running on this desktop. Now to switch to the other desktop, a keyboard shortcut you can use is the Windows key, Control, and the left arrow to go back. Hold down Windows, Control, and the right arrow to go to the right, to the other desktop. And if you have multiple desktop environments, you can continue to hit that right arrow or left arrow to move between them. Now once you're in a desktop environment like this, where you have multiple apps running, you might want to get them better organized on your screen.
And there are some keyboard shortcuts for that. Of course, Alt + Tab still works to switch between the open apps. So let's go to Wordpad. Make sure it's the one that's current, and let's use a keyboard shortcut to move it to the left side of our screen. Hold down your Windows key, and hit the left arrow. You can see how it snaps to the left, and the other two appear over there on the right. So we can use Alt + Tab if we want to switch over to Paint. Now it becomes the active program. Let's use the Windows key and the right arrow.
It snaps over to the right. And now we have two apps that are taking up the entire screen, but we can see both of them at the same time. But even better now here in Windows 10, we can snap programs into quadrants. So, with Paint still selected, you can use Command and the up arrow. You can see how we just moved it up to the top right hand corner. Now let's use Alt + Tab to go to Notepad. With it, the current and active program, we'll use the Windows key, the right arrow, and then the down arrow.
And as you can see now, it snapped into the lower right hand quadrant. So if you had four apps, you could have four quadrants, but in this case we have all three of our open apps visible on one screen, thanks to these keyboard shortcuts. All right, let's go ahead and close these up. And with them closed, we'll go down to our Task View button, click there, and we'll go to Desktop 2 and click the X to close it up, so we're back to a single desktop. You can click anywhere in the background to continue from here.
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