12 Windows shortcuts every educator should know


Teachers are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques so you can focus on the things that matter.

1. Snap windows side-by-side to work simultaneously

Making a PowerPoint presentation with content from a Word doc and photos? Teaching your students how to take notes in OneNote from Microsoft Edge? You're covered.

Windows key + arrow

2. Add an interactive whiteboard or second screen quickly

Need to cast a lesson onto a smartboard or an extended monitor? Two keys are all you need!

Windows key + P

3. Easily take a screenshot, copy to Clipboard, and send directly to OneNote

Awesome for quick note-taking and creating lesson plans with multimedia components. Also a great tip to teach your students for research projects.

Windows key + Shift + S

4. Clear all windows and show only the desktop

Teachers have a lot going on! Use this tip when you need to find a shortcut on the desktop but don't want to individually close each of your many windows.

Windows key + D

5. Go back to the most recent window you were on

Really useful to go back and forth between windows without having to take your hands off the keyboard.

ALT key + Tab

6. Minimize and maximize windows with ease

 Windows key + up arrowto minimize

 Windows key + down arrowto maximize

7. Zoom in and out

To look at a document or webpage in finer detail or get a fuller view of a long page for a screenshot! 

CTRL + Plus + keyto zoom in

 CTRL + Minus - keyto zoom out

8. Instantly lock screen

Need to leave in a hurry but don't want your students to have access to your computer? This is the shortcut for you!

Windows key + L

9. Switch between different language keyboards

For multilingual educators or those teaching languages, this will definitely come in handy!

Windows key + CTRL + Space bar

10. Instantly access Task View for a complete view of your windows

When you need to access that window you used a while ago but can't seem to find it now!

Windows key + TAB

11. Add another Desktop*

Whether you need to separate different classes, to divide your personal and professional work, or to just keep your desktop less cluttered.

Windows key + Ctrl + D

12. Temporarily peek at desktop

When you need to check something on your desktop, but don't necessarily want to close all your open windows, this shortcut is your friend.

Windows key + <,

*Available only on the Windows 10 operating system

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