Tech Tip Thursday - Shortcut Keys

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Yes, you are correct... this is a tech tip Thursday post on a Friday. Furthermore, if you are having a feeling of deja vu, confirmed on the second count also! This post was part of the ActiveRain site June amnesia incident. 2020 is just full of little surprises for us :) Anyhow, had I been doing things in proper order, I would have posted to my regular site first and then copied here to AR. The last couple of posts, I hadn't been following that order. Thankfully, Google had cached my post and I was able to retrieve it (thank you google). Some of the posts of June are still in Google cache, some are not (that is a link to my instructions post in case you want to look for your own posts). I've been checking for a few people. I've had about a 50-50 success rate. Anyhow, here's a rerun of one of my posts for June in case you wanted a refresher on some shortcuts! 

I love using shortcut keys! There are certain frequently used commands and tools that are made instantly available to you when you invest just a little time in learning the shortcut key combinations. Today, I'm going to highlight a key that is useful for Windows users and that is the "Windows Key". (NOTE: if you are on Mac, skip to the bottom, I have tips for you also!)

You'll find the Windows Key just to the left of the spacebar.

If you need to browse files on your computer, you need a file explorer window try the shortcut Win+E.

If you want to minimize all your open windows in one shot, to see your desktop, use shortcut Win+D

Finally, snapshots are SO USEFUL. Windows 10 enabled a new shortcut for us, Win+Shift+S and the snapshot rectangle tool will launch. Just drag to box an area of your screen and it will be instantly sent to your clipboard so you can paste it somewhere (e.g. an email or chat message). If you want to add some highlighter or red pen markups, simply click the popup notification that appears as soon as you do the snapshot and you will have access to these tools for marking on your snapshot.

windows key shortcuts


For those using Macs, here's some similar shortcuts that you'll want to try out:

  • Option+Command+Space should open up a finder search window. From there, you can use the left navigation pane to browse different favorite locations on your computer.
  • Command-H: Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Option-Command-H.
  • Command-M: Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Option-Command-M.
  • Shift+Command+4 will allow you to snapshot a boxed out area of your screen (file is saved to your desktop)
  • BONUS Tip: what if you want the snapshot to go to clipboard instead of file? Start the same way with Shift+Command+4 - after you release those keys, then hold down the Control key when you draw your snapshot rectangle. Now you just captured an image to your clipboard so you can directly paste to email or other chat message)

Whether you are on Mac or Windows, the snapshots are extremely useful to capture what you see on your screen to share with somebody else. I see people still very often taking "photographs" of their screens to share and I think "if they only knew..." :)

I hope you enjoy some new keyboard shortcuts to make common and useful tasks faster!

Here's a page full of Mac shortcuts that you can also check out.

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Comments (19)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Craig Daniels very valuable report for tech tips shortcut keys. 

Jul 17, 2020 02:52 PM
Craig Daniels

thanks John, glad you stopped by

Jul 17, 2020 04:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm glad you restored this valuable information in this post, Craig.  Shortcut Keys make a lot of difference!

Jul 17, 2020 04:23 PM
Craig Daniels

glad you made the return trip to revisit this post, thanks :)

Jul 17, 2020 04:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Craig, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jul 17, 2020 06:33 PM
Craig Daniels

thanks Myrl :)

Jul 18, 2020 05:39 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Very informative and useful, thanks so much for sharing your expertise. 

Jul 17, 2020 11:41 PM
Craig Daniels

my pleasure, thanks Kimo

Jul 18, 2020 05:39 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Cool, I just tried the Mac shortcuts and they all worked perfectly. Wonderful little time savers. Thank you Craig! 

Jul 18, 2020 07:05 AM
Craig Daniels

I rely on you Mac'ees to let me know if I got it right :) glad to hear it worked and that you liked! :)

Jul 19, 2020 09:43 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thanks for the shortcuts! I’ll be sure to post my own if I find them on my end of things!

Jul 18, 2020 11:10 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD As far as I know it works pretty well on Mac as well. This is really good information!

Jul 18, 2020 11:11 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I like the Mac Short cuts, they are a time saver.  Wishing you a great week ahead.  A

Jul 19, 2020 12:09 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Craig and great information you are sharing with us here in the rain.


Jul 30, 2020 08:01 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Thank you Craig Daniels .  The win D is one I'm going to use.  I spend a lot of time closing windows to get to my desktop.  This is a no brainer!

Sep 01, 2020 12:05 PM
Craig Daniels

love to hear it!

Sep 02, 2020 07:01 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

All these steps seem so great! I’ll have to come back and look at them again one more time thanks for posting, Craig!

Dec 02, 2020 07:16 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Craig Daniels - I know many of the windows ones but I now learning Mac.

Dec 05, 2020 06:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Craig Daniels,

What a wonderful post with some excellent tips. Thank you as always for a clear and concise explanation of short cut keys..definitely a time saver.

Dec 05, 2020 08:07 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I've been using a snipping tool called TechSmith Capture which I like but your shortcut is much quicker - particularly that it automatically places it in the clipboard.

Dec 05, 2020 09:52 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

so many wonderful tips thank you Craig Daniels so glad Carol Williams featured this as I missed this one 

Dec 05, 2020 12:50 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Nice post!  I can see why Carol chose to highlight it this week!

Dec 06, 2020 07:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Craig:

It's always a pleasure, and good learning, to read your posts! Thanks!


Dec 06, 2020 03:37 PM