Busy? Use These Busy Keyboard Shortcuts

Every little shortcut can save time when life gets busy. Instead of reaching for your mouse to navigate menus, keyboard shortcuts take just seconds off each task.

Make these valuable tips part of your everyday life to maximize their effectiveness; that way, when the need arises for fast action, they’ll always be there waiting.


F5 is a standard function key on most computer keyboards and typically opens a search window for files, folders, applications, and settings, as well as controlling laptop backlighting on specific models. Pressing this key alone or combined with others may perform additional functions.

Pressing F5 alone refreshes a webpage in most browsers, making it a helpful shortcut when updating information on your screen quickly and reloading pages that load slowly.

F5 can be combined with other keys to access other applications and features. For instance, pressing Ctrl + F5 on a Chromebook captures a screenshot of the current page that can then be pasted into other documents or applications.

The F5 key can be used to temporarily close all open windows and reveal your desktop on specific computers, providing a handy shortcut when working on projects that require full attention. Furthermore, F5 can also be used to play or pause media such as music and videos, alter the volume on speakers/headphones as well as mute microphones on particular laptops – F5 is one of 12 function keys on most computer keyboards that can be programmed for different actions.

Ctrl + W

Ctrl+W (Command+W on Macs) can help you quickly navigate between windows and applications on your desktop computer, saving time by saving each one individually when closing them without clicking. However, be sure to keep your work regularly (Ctrl+S) just in case something unexpected happens and accidental windows are closed as a result!

Most often, this keyboard shortcut closes only the active window or application rather than completing all programs entirely. For example, in web browsers supporting multiple tabs, it will close only the current tab; similarly, Excel and other spreadsheet programs close only their current workbook, while Microsoft PowerPoint closes their slide deck completely, and Word closes their document entirely.

Sometimes, this shortcut opens a menu of options for the application that’s currently open, providing quick access to other applications and back to what you were working on quickly. It can also serve as an effective means of protecting yourself against prying eyes by locking the mouse cursor onto the screen and returning directly back to your login page – so anyone trying to gain entry will require your user account password before being granted entry again.

Alt + Tab

The Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut enables users to easily switch between applications on a computer without closing or minimizing them, an essential feature for office professionals who often utilize multiple programs simultaneously. Furthermore, this enables seamless application switching during online presentations and meetings, increasing productivity and efficiency while improving efficiency.

Alt + Tab requires applications to support it because the Windows environment maintains a list of top-level windows in Z order, and each application can have some influence over where their window falls in that list. When an app hides or shows its windows, its Alt+Tab= order changes accordingly. Furthermore, programs may intercept Alt+Tab keystrokes via low-level keyboard hooks, which are used by programs to pass them on to remote desktop viewers.

Alt+Tab is an effective tool that should work seamlessly on most computers. If you experience any problems, however, this could be caused by malware or third-party software altering keyboard settings – performing a clean boot could help identify the culprit(s).

Alt+Tab is one of the most helpful keyboard shortcuts in computing, enabling quick and easy access to other applications such as web browsers and file explorers. Furthermore, this shortcut can be used to switch windows quickly as well as toggle your taskbar or desktop view mode.


The Spacebar key on most keyboards allows users to add blank spaces when typing text, making this the most significant key on its layout. It is situated at the bottom center. Combining it with other keys can produce various actions that may prove helpful when working on computers.

Pressing both keys simultaneously makes your character jump. In media players such as iTunes or Windows Media Player, this key can also be used to start and stop music or video clips; additionally, specific browsers offer support for using it to scroll web pages.

BusyCal provides various keyboard shortcuts that can help users navigate the software without using a mouse or trackpad, such as F5, for refreshing pages when waiting for real-time data updates.

Additionally, pressing the Spacebar with an arrow key to snap browser windows into place on the screen is especially handy on laptops where switching between multiple browsers may be cumbersome and inconvenient. This method enables quickly gaining access to information in two separate browsers at once.

Windows key

The Windows Key can be found on keyboards for computers running Microsoft Windows, usually labeled with its logo and located between the Alt and Ctrl keys on the left side. Depending on its context and what other keys are pressed simultaneously, this key may provide access to additional applications or functions.

Pressing the Windows key + R will launch the Run window while using it. It can also open the Start menu or Ease of Access center, allowing for customized computer usage and ease of access center, allowing easier customization for your needs. Moreover, pressing it also gives access to Windows Ink Workspace, which provides space for scribbling on tablets or touchscreen laptops.

Other shortcuts include Windows key + PrtScn for taking screenshots and saving them directly to a file on your system, while Snipping Tool allows for taking snapshots of specific portions of the screen. Furthermore, using the Win key can bring up the Snipping Tool menu to take snapshots of a particular area on the screen or take multiple snapshots simultaneously. In addition, the Win key can be used to minimize all open windows as well as show or hide the desktop. Its use may help clear out the clutter in your workspace and focus on projects more effectively, while it can also be disabled using the Win+F8 keyboard shortcut or via the Settings menu settings option.

Command key

The Command key (Cmd on Mac machines) can be used to activate various shortcuts and power-user commands. You can combine this command with other keys for even quicker access to system features and application-specific features that may increase productivity.

Many keystroke combinations that utilize the Command key are universal across applications; for instance, copying text with Cmd+C and pasting it using Command+V is one example; furthermore, it can also be used for cutting/copying text, adding or deleting it and bolding it.

Other keyboard shortcuts work only within specific panels, like Apple’s Mac OS X operating system Finder. By leveraging these keyboard shortcuts, it becomes possible to navigate your user interface easily using only your fingertips.

“Go To” shortcuts are popular tools for navigational ease. They use a combination of letters – typically beginning with G in order to navigate directly to Google – in combination with the Go key to quickly get you where you need to be on screen.

Other keyboard shortcuts include the Home and End keys, which allow for rapid navigation to the top or bottom of a window. In programs such as iPhoto or iMovie, these keyboard shortcuts also work to quickly move from the first or last photo in the list view to the first or last photo; you can press Option along with these keys to enable dead-key functionality.