1) Create a virtual desktop


Imagine you're in the middle of some work project or research you've been doing all day when you need to deal with another task immediately opening new tabs and windows will just slow you down and mess up your workflow so you need a new clean desktop well just press the below

Windows key + ctrl + D or ctrl + up 

if you use a Mac it'll switch to a new fresh desktop and you are ready to go.

2) Switch between virtual desktops

Where is all that precious work you were doing before is it gone forever don't panic it's just hiding to get it back push the 

Windows key + ctrl or the ctrl key

on a Mac now you can switch between all the virtual desktops you've made by using the left and right arrow keys when you're done with the second task and sure you no longer need that desktop you can close it by pressing the

windows key+ ctrl + f4

on a Mac hold down the option key and click on the X signs that appear over any open desktop spaces to close them.

3) Returned to the desktop from apps

If you have too many apps open and you need to use another one hidden behind all those windows on your desktop you don't need to minimize them all one by one you can minimize all of them at once by pushing the

Windows key + M

you can also take a peek at your desktop with the

Windows key + comma or command + f3

for OS this is a handy little trick.

4) Open an app from the task bar

If you want much faster access to your most used apps consider keeping them on your taskbar it'll speed up your workflow even more if you use the following combination the

Windows key + a number key 

from one deny each number represents an app in your taskbar from the left to right and this combo will bring up the necessary one unfortunately there's no similar hotkey for OS but I'm pretty sure Mac users are quite content with a Mac's awesome app navigation.

5) Split-screen between two apps

want to see a magic trick try this open one app that you need for your work and press the

Windows key + left arrow

then open another app and click the

Windows key + right arrow

now two windows are sharing your screen checking facts in your academic work while looking directly at your sources no problem photoshopping while watching bright side videos.

6) Switch apps

there are several ways to effectively shift from one app to another and to manage them on your desktop using hotkeys pressing

ctrl + Alt + tab

will show you all the apps currently running on your PC again Mac is known for rocking the app navigation game so it's a bit easier on OS it's just

ctrl + tab

another way to open the task view press the Windows key + tab this is the PC equivalent to the Mac's Mission Control it provides a broader view of open windows and available desktops and it's much more convenient to use and finally there's the hotkey Alt + tab or command + tab on a Mac that will allow you to swap programs without previously displaying them like a deck of cards if you work with just a couple of windows at once this one's for you.

7) Program management and troubleshooting

let's go shoot us some trouble now listen carefully because you'll want to remember this one everyone's been there one program is stuck and won't process anything even if you cry big or try to bribe it to do so  to avoid restarting your device and losing all your progress try using the following combo

ctrl + Shift + escape or command + option + escape

if you're working on a Mac it'll open the task man which will help you force quit any malfunctioning app or stop the ones that aren't responding losing some data from one faulty program is not the same as losing all your data from all of them.

8) Open File Explorer not all your apps

Need to be on hand all the time for you to work faster some of them are standard programs built into your computer and there's a quick and convenient way to access them pressing the

Windows key + e


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