There are a lot of keyboard shortcuts that I find more comfortable to use than the touchpad or mouse. I use them frequently and have included a few cool ones below that I often use while typing this response:
- Win + D: This shortcut allows you to quickly switch to your desktop from the current window. Pressing the same combination again will return you to the minimized window.
- Shift key + arrow keys: This combination helps with text selection, especially when you don't want to use the touchpad.
- Ctrl + backspace: Instead of deleting one character at a time, this shortcut deletes one word at a time, making it quicker to clear out words. Try using the shift + arrow keys shortcut while pressing the ctrl button, and you'll be able to select words at once instead of characters.
- Shift + character key: You no longer need to use the caps lock key. Pressing the shift key along with a character will capitalize that character. Once you get used to it, you won't even realize you're using a shortcut.
- Ctrl + '+' and Ctrl + '-': These shortcuts allow you to zoom into tabs on the Chrome window. If you want to zoom into a window other than a webpage, you can try using the Win key + '+' and Win key + '-'.
- Ctrl + Shift + T: If you accidentally close a tab, don't worry. Just press this combination, and the closed tab will reopen.
- Ctrl + number keys: If you have multiple tabs open in Chrome, you can quickly jump to a specific tab by pressing the Ctrl key followed by the corresponding number. This works even better with the Win key instead of the Ctrl key.
- Ctrl + Tab key: This shortcut allows you to move to the next tab within the same Chrome window. To move one tab backward, use Ctrl + Shift + Tab.
- Alt + F4: Pressing this combination instantly closes the current window.
- Win + right/left cursor keys: Use these shortcuts to move the entire window to half of the screen width. The right key moves the window to the right, while the left key moves it to the left.
- Win + up/down cursor keys: The Win + up key maximizes a window, while the Win + down key minimizes it. This works not just in Chrome but everywhere on your computer.
- Ctrl + J: This shortcut opens your downloads (works in Chrome, but not sure about other browsers).
- Win + L: Pressing this combination locks your computer, and you'll need to log in again to access it.
I discovered all of these shortcuts while using my computer, without reading about them anywhere.
Pro tip: Bookmark this answer for future reference. It may take some time to get used to these keyboard shortcuts, so the bookmark can serve as a helpful reminder.