Tech Tip Thursday - Shortcut Keys

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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-HHide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Option-Command-H.
  • Command-MMinimize 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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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for the tips. I've been using the screen shot (w/Mac) but found several shortcuts in the link that I wasn't aware of. Great info!

Jun 19, 2020 05:08 AM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hey, Craig. Always love seeing one of your tech help posts. I will have to check out the Mac shortcuts, like Kat I do know how to use the screen shot, but I'm guessing, like her, I will learn some new tricks.  Thank YOU. 

Jun 19, 2020 06:54 AM #19
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Craig ~ Thanks for the tip on taking Snapshots... didn't know it existed!

Jun 19, 2020 06:58 AM #20
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

Thanks for the tips! I use the snipping tool all the time, so nice to have another option that has a freeform tool.

Jun 19, 2020 07:33 AM #21
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Craig - I've been despairing over the snapshot tool I use - Jing - which is going away this year. Now I have something to replace it! Thank you.

Jun 19, 2020 08:04 AM #22
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Some great tips here, Craig Daniels ... when you're on your computer constantly, any shortcut is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


Jun 19, 2020 08:58 AM #23
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks for the tips, Craig. I've been using snag-it for years. I tried the win+shift+s  it doesn't work for me.


When I hit ctrl+win+s -- I can save my document.

Jun 19, 2020 09:37 AM #24
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® - glad you tried it! this is a new shortcut only available in windows 10. (i.e. win 7 or win 8 etc, doesn't have the shortcut). do you know which version you are using?

Jun 19, 2020 09:52 AM #25
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We are big apple fans, and I pay attention to all the shortcuts, as I get notices from them regularly on short cuts/. Thanks A

Jun 19, 2020 11:15 AM #26
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Good shortcuts to remember, that being the key, to remember them.

Jun 19, 2020 11:46 AM #27
Anne Edwards Johnson
JP and Associates - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor | HookemhomesATX (512)917-5260

So helpful.  Thank you for taking the time to share.

Jun 19, 2020 06:50 PM #28
Ann Wilkins
Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty - Oakland, CA
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

Thanks Craig - some nice tips for a Windows user.

Jun 19, 2020 06:55 PM #29
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Craig Daniels -  thanks for sharing this.  I have bookmarked for future reference.

Jun 20, 2020 03:36 AM #30
Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Thanks for sharing, I don’t but will start using the short steps more going forward.

Jun 20, 2020 10:00 AM #31
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Craig Daniels ,

Congratulations on the featured post..SOOOOO glad to see you posting! Thank you for sharing you always have such goo information and instructions for us to use! 

Jun 20, 2020 04:50 PM #32
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for all the wonderful tips.  I have been using snipping tool but now I will try your...Win shift s...

Jun 20, 2020 09:22 PM #33
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I've been surfing and learning ever since I started in the Rain and thanks to you and many others, the tools and lessons are very much appreciated. Thanks so much.

Jun 22, 2020 12:46 AM #34
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Thanks for the tips, very useful. I had forgotten the Win+E combination. Nice refresher.


Jun 22, 2020 02:43 PM #36
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Craig, thanks much for the quick list for both OSs.  We all know we can search the shortcuts but nothing like having a quick reference at the ready.  Great subject matter.

Jun 24, 2020 09:01 AM #37
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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You know, we would love for you to join us on a ZOOM call and talk us through some of your tech tips! We do them every Tuesday at 2PM EST. 

Jun 24, 2020 10:56 AM #38
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