Navigating back to the desktop


You know those days where you need to have every file and program on your computer open? Those busy days where you’re trying to do 20 hours of work in an eight-hour day? Those days where your only break is going to and from your next meeting and using the bathroom? Unfortunately for most of us, those days are happening more and more. We’re expected to produce more with less time and resources. Move faster, more accurately and with greater effect. While I can’t control the current workplace culture, I can give you some tips. Like navigating quickly back to the desktop!

Been there, done that.

Been there, done that.

If you aren’t aware of hotkeys already, they are helpful keyboard shortcuts that provide quick access to programs or functions on your computer. If you’re used to using the mouse to navigate, it can take a little getting used to, but they are worth the learning curve. I wouldn’t say I was a die-hard mouser, but hotkeys weren’t on my radar. Learning and using them over time has been a big time saver, and just so easy to use. So without further ado, let’s do this!

WINDOWS key + D = WIN!

WIN key + D = WIN!

To get to the desktop,  press the Windows logo key + D key on your keyboard at the same time. Boom, done, you’re at the desktop.

Not quite ready to put down the mouse yet? Why not? Keyboard commands are so very useful! Okay, okay, I won’t harass you. As I’ve said before, this is a judge free zone. Don’t worry friends, I still have a tip for you. Down in the right-hand corner of your screen, within the task bar, lies the secret portal to the desktop. Simply click it, and be whisked away instantly to the great and wonderful desktop!

So that's what that thing is for.

So that’s what that thing is for.

Want to get back to the program or app you were using prior to navigating to the desktop? Just use WIN key + D or the shortcut (secret portal) again, and now you’re back where you started.  Mind. Blown. Navigation could not be easier when you use your hotkeys or shortcuts. I mean, are you really going to miss hitting the minimize button on every window? I didn’t think so 🙂

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Ilse Ferris

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