One-liner quick tips to a faster way of working with Windows 10

Use your Windows computer like a Pro! Apart from the several Windows 10 Tips and Tricks that we have covered, here are a few small one-line tips which you may not be aware of, but which will show you a faster way of using Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista.

1. Why click twice to execute a task? Halve the number of clicks you make in your lifetime! Open Explorer > View > Folder Options > Settings > Single-click to open an item. Now next time onwards you will need to click only once to open a file or a folder. This is one of the first settings I change after a new Windows install.


2. Hold down the Shift key as you drag a folder or file to the Recycle Bin to delete it instantly. You will not be able to Restore files sent to the Recycle Bin this way.


3. Hold down Alt & click on file or folder to open its Properties box

4. If you’re using a dialog box with multiple tabs, press Ctrl+Tab to cycle through the tabs.

5. Press F2 to rename a selected item in an explorer window

6. Hold down the Shift key and use the arrow keys to highlight and select a block of text or a group of files in an open explorer window

7. Need to mail files frequently to a single particular email ID? Use our freeware MailMyFile, to right-click a file and email it right away.

8. Hold down the Alt key and press Tab key to switch between programs on the desktop

9. Hold down the Alt key and press Spacebar to display the System menu for any active window

10. Press F5 to add the date and time to a Notepad document. More Notepad tips here.

11. Speed up a Windows shutdown by closing all your open programs manually, first. To quickly close down all open windows and applications, and then shut down your Windows, keep pressing Alt+F4. This will close all open windows and then present you with the shutdown dialog box.

12. To open an elevated Command Prompt window from the Desktop, press Win+X and A at the same time. More Win+X keyboard shortcuts in Windows, you may not have heard of.

13. Avoid a couple of clicks. Use our freeware HotShut to shut down, restart, etc., with a click.

14. To cycle through multiple open tabs or windows of a particular application, like say Explorer or Internet Explorer, hold down the Ctrl key and keep clicking on the applications icon in the taskbar.

15. Did you know that you could use the Explorer address bar as a Run box? Open File Explorer and type any command like cmd, gpedit.msc, regedit, etc. and see what you get! If you have Explorer open, and you need to open any of built-in Windows tools or features, no need to open a Run box, just type the command in the Explorer address bar and hit Enter.

16. To quickly create a shortcut, hold down Ctrl+Shift and then drag and drop the file or folder icon in the desired destination folder. This is a faster way of creating shortcuts.


17. Open an extended context menu, by just pressing and holding down SHIFT Key while you right-click your mouse button. More Mouse Tricks here.

18. Let’s say you want to open more than one application from Start Menu in Windows 7. Then to stop the Start Menu from closing, after you open the first, hold down the shift key while you click on an item. The start menu will stay up and not close, leaving you free to immediately execute the next operation.

19. To quickly rename several files or folders serially, arrange all the files or folders one next to the other, select them all, right-click the first one and select Rename. Rename it to whatever you want. All the files or folders will get renamed serially instantly. Details here.

20. To open Properties of any file, hold Alt key and double-click on the file. The Properties box will open. Video here.

21. Hold down the Shift key and then click Restart from the Power button to click the power icon to see the boot option. Details here.

22. To bring up the Apps Bar on Windows 8.1 start screen press the Spacebar or Win+Z.

23. You can exit explorer using the Taskbar context menu. Press Ctrl+Shift and then right-click on the Taskbar. You will then see the option to Exit Explorer.

Want more? Take a look at these Windows 10 tips & trick.

Any of these you did not know? Or maybe if you know of more such one-line quick-tips – you could share them in the comments box.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. interopbyt

    Interesting read! I did not know a lot of them!

  2. vasudev

    Nice tips,try these small tips/shortcut keys too –
    – Place your Windows 8 Desktop tile at Top left in Start Screen, so by just pressing Enter key in Start Screen,you’ll switch to Desktop
    – WinKey+1to9 opens up app corresponding its position on Taskbar (desktop only)
    – WinKey+U opens up Ease of Access Center #Windows 8
    – In Win8,to make the Desktop ver of IE the default & not Native ver,Open Desktop ver,Gear icon on top rt>IntOptions>Programs>choose how u open links
    – Win8 StartScreen, Winkey+Z will show list of All Apps.On the left all Win 8 native apps shown & to the right the Desktop apps
    – WinKey+Enter Opens the Narrator #Windows 8

  3. Ash

    As for number 6, you may want to add Shift + Ctrl + arrow keys to highlight a word in a block of text too.

  4. Joojooflop

    To open an elevated Command Prompt window from the Desktop, press Win+X at the same time, THEN press A.

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