Useful or Trick Keyboard Shortcuts

While most of us are already aware of obvious keyboard shortcuts like “Alt+F4” and “Ctrl+C”, there are some obscure shortcuts which most of us tend to overlook. These keyboard shortcuts are not only useful for the average PC user but for advanced users as well. This article contains many such amazing keyboard shortcuts which if used properly could save a lot of time and effort. So let's get started.

Windows key+D: This shortcut is the keyboard equivalent of “Show the Desktop”. It is useful for quickly minimizing every open window when someone walks in and you are doing some private work.

Ctrl+Shift+Esc: This shortcut directly starts the task manager. While Alt+Ctrl+Del was used to bring out the Task Manager in Windows XP and earlier versions, in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7, it just brings up the lock this computer screen.

Ctrl+Click: This shortcut is useful for opening a link in a background tab. This is useful when you have to load a page without leaving the current one.

Alt+Print Screen: takes the screenshot of the current active window as opposed to just Print Screen which takes the screenshot of the entire screen.

Shift+Click for Yes to All and No to All: If you have a lot of dialog boxes asking yes and no question, just shift+click Yes or No on one to yes all or no all.

Ctrl+C on an error dialog box to copy its contents: Suppose your computer is giving an error message and you want to copy its contents to send to the support guy, what do you do? Just press Ctrl+C while the dialog box is highlighted and its contents will be copied to your clipboard.

Ctrl+T: This keyboard shortcut opens a new tab in internet browsers.

Ctrl+Shift+T: Reopens the last closed tab.

Ctrl+Shift+N: This shortcut opens a new incognito window in Google Chrome.

Ctrl+Shift+P: Opens a new private window in Mozilla Firefox.

Alt+Enter after writing the domain name in the address bar of your browser to insert .com automatically.

Shift+Enter inserts .net domain name extension.

Ctrl+W: This shortcut closes the current tab in your browser quickly.

Ctrl+Backspace: This shortcut deletes the last word you have typed. It is useful in case you typed in a wrong word and want to delete it quickly.

Ctrl+Left or Right Arrow key: This shortcut allows you to move the cursor one word at a time instead of the default one character at a time.

Ctrl++: This shortcut allows you to zoom in web pages in web browsers. Useful when text on a web page is too small to read properly. Ctrl+Scroll wheel can also zoom in documents, file thumbnails and icons in Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Ctrl+-: This shortcut does the reverse of the previous shortcut.

Ctrl+0: Reset the webpage's zoom.

Windows key+M: Minimizes all the open windows.

Ctrl+L: This shortcut allows you to quickly jump to the address bar of your web browser.

Windows key+Pause/Break: Quickly open the system properties dialog box. 

Ctrl+Shift+Delete: This shortcut opens the option to delete your browser's history, cookies, cache and other details that it stores while you browse the internet. This shortcut is extremely useful for the privacy conscious.

Windows Key+L: This shortcut locks your computer.

Ctrl+H: makes the history appear.

CTRL+B: Bold CTRL+U: Underline CTRL+I: Italic.

Alt+Select: This shortcut allows you to select rectangular blocks of text in Word processors, something that is not possible with simple select.

F2: Allows you to rename the selected file.

Holding Shift while inserting a device with removable storage prevents automatic run.

Ctrl+F: This keyboard shortcut opens the Find option in any program.

Ctrl+S: If you are working on a software and want to quickly save your progress, this shortcut will come in handy.

Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End: Useful for quickly going to the top and bottom of a page.

Ctrl+P: Useful for printing the current page.

Space Bar: While viewing a web page in a browser, pressing space bar moves the page down.

Alt+Tab: Useful for quickly cycling between running applications. Press along with Shift to cycle backwards.

Ctrl+Tab: Cycle between tabs in your browser.

Ctrl+F5: Clears the cache and refreshes the current tab.

Shift+Right click: Open alternate right click options.

Alt+Double click: Open the file's properties. Alt+Enter can also be used for this.

These are some keyboard shortcuts that I found extremely useful. If you know some more useful keyboard shortcuts, do mention them in the comments.

Make An Invisible Folder

NOTE: This instructable works for Windows 7, Vista, and XP. I'm not sure if this works for Windows 2000 and earlier (someone please help me on this.)

1. Right click on your desktop
2. go to "new"
3. click "folder"

A new folder should pop up...

4. right click on the folder
5. click on "properties"
6. click on "customize"
7. click on "change icon"
8. click on a blank space

It should be invisible...
making the words invisible:

9. go to properties
10. go to the rename box
11. hold ALT and press "0160" or "255 in the box (use a number pad)

Now you can hide all the stuff you want to in it!

Install Microsoft Windows XP

Below are the steps required to installing the standard version of Microsoft Windows XP. It is important to realize that some computer manufacturers have their own proprietary install of Windows XP on a Recovery or Restore disc or may have a hidden partition that installs Windows XP. Therefore the steps below may not all apply to how Windows XP is installed on your computer. If the steps below do not apply it is recommended you contact your computer manufacturer for additional help, Computer Hope will not know how to install Windows using your manufacturers CD.
  1. If you're still able to get into Windows before following the checklist of things to consider before erasing the computer and starting over.
  2. The standard Microsoft Windows XP CD is bootable. Therefore start by placing the Windows XP CD in your computer and reboot.
  3. As computer boots a prompt to press Any key to boot from CD should be seen. When seen immediately press any key. If you do not get this prompt or are unable to boot from the disc run through the booting from a CD troubleshooting steps.
  4. When the Windows XP setup menu appears press ENTER to continue the setup.
  5. Next, the Windows XP licensing agreement will be shown, if you agree to this agreement press F8.
  6. Next, Windows gives you the option to repair Windows XP or to install a fresh copy if Windows XP is already installed on the computer. If you're wanting to install a new copy of Windows XP press ESC.
  7. Next, the partition setup will appear, it is recommended that if a partition already exists and you do not plan on having multiple operating systems on the computer that you delete the existing partition before continuing the setup. You will know if a partition exists if you see anything other than Unpartitioned space. Note: When deleting a partition ALL information will be lost.

    To delete the partition:
    on the drive press D and ENTER then press L to delete the partition and thenpress ENTER and then if you are aware that this will delete all information on the partition.

    Note: If you have multiple partitions, we suggest deleting all partitions unless you plan on using these partitions. Deleting each of the other partitions can be done using the same above steps.

    To create the partition:
    Select the unpartitioned space you want to create a partition on and press C,specify the size of the partition in MB, by default the full amount of the drive will be already entered and press ENTER.
  8. Once you have a partition ready to have Windows XP installed on it press ENTER to install.
  9. Next you need to select whether the drive will use FAT or NTFS. We suggest NTFS for users who are not sure what file system they want to use.
  10. After selecting the file system and pressing enter the computer will start formatting the drive. Depending on how big the partition is determine the length of time the format takes to complete.
  11. After the format Windows will begin installing the files and then take you through a wizard to continue with the remainder of the setup.

Hide any Local Drive Your PC doesn’t lost any data

There are 3 methods available to hide a local drive without using any software

1. Hide a drive through gpedit
2. Hide a drive through regedit
3. Hide a drive using command prompt

Now Im covering, command prompt way of doing it. So lets see how to do.

How to Hide a Local Drive using command prompt?

1. Click on Start - Run

2. In Run box type cmd and hit Enter. Now Command Prompt window will appear.

3. In command prompt, type diskpart and hit Enter.

4. Then type list volume and hit Enter.

Now it will display the list of all your computer drives details.

5. Then type the Drive Letter which you want to hide.
If you want to hide volume E, type select volume E and hit Enter.

Now follow mentioned massage will appear to you.
Volume 4 is the selected volume

6. After that, type remove letter E and hit an Enter.

That’s all, you have done. Now restart your computer once. When you start your PC again, you want be able to see the particular drive in My Computer.

How to get back Hidden Drive again in My Computer.

Do the procedure which i have mentioned in step 1,2,3,4 and 5 again.

Click Start —> Run —> cmd —>

Then type diskpart - list volume - select volume E

After that type assign letter E and hit Enter.

That’s all !! You have got back the hidden local drive. Once again restart your PC, now you will be able to see hidden local drive in My Computer.

Note: Your PC doesn’t lost any data by doing this trick .

4 Digit PC Analyzer or Debug Card. Photo and Error CODEs

8 LEDs indication, easy to read LED Display on the Display, LED displays show diagnosis result of motherboard. Especially helpful to pinpoint the problem when power on the computer and find no display or machine hangs up 
Diagnosis the motherboard signal which show the problem of CPU, Memory, video card, etc 
The POST code display is made up of a dual, dot matrix hexadecimal read-out that display's Power On Self Test (POST) status codes 
Support the power source working indicator -- +5V, +12V, +3.3V and -12V (When indicator LED is on to indicate its respective power is fine, otherwise to indicate its respective power is failure.) 
Fully compatible with any kind motherboards which has the PCI and ISA bus slot 
Self checking remote display function 
Dual POST code display - User can readout the POST at PCB component and solder side. 
It is easy to view the POST code when user plugs the POST card in computer system 
Recall previous post codes at the touch of a button 
Drastically reduce troubleshooting time 
Quick and easy to install into an open PCI or ISA slot of PC motherboard
Product Name: PC Mainboard Analyzer 
Interface: PCI 
Style: 4 Digits 
Color: Red

Overall Dimension: Approx. 7.9cm x 5.8cm x 1cm (L*W*T)

5 Common problems of Hard Disk

Hard Drive Running Slow
This is probably the most common problem people have with their hard drives. Unfortunately, that is not a hard drive problem but an operating system (OS) issue. Simply defragmenting your computer will fix this situation.

Hard Drive Won't SpinIf your hard drive won't spin,
This is possibly because of a power differential. Either there is a problem with the electrical cables or your hard drive simply is not getting enough power.

Hard Drive Not RecognizedIf your computer won't recognize your hard drive, you may have to play with the BIOS. Ensure that your hard drive and disc drive BIOS are enabled.

C Drive Not Recognized
As with your hard drive not being recognized, if your computer will not recognize your hard drive as the primary C drive, check your BIOS and run any BIOS discs that came with the hard drive.

Frequent Drive Failure
If your hard drive fails on you often, you may have a simple case of dusty computer. A thorough cleaning should help with this issue.

5 Fixing a Hard Drive Problem

Hard Drive Failure 101

There are a few signs that can mean a hard drive failure is coming. A clicking noise coming from a computer is one of the most common and clear signs that a drive is on its last legs. If you hear your hard drive clicking, chances are it's time to get a new one - before it quits. Another common error is programs freezing. While blue screens can often indicate RAM problems, freezing programs often indicate that the hard drive has an error on it. These problems are usually cheaper - but not always easy - to fix.

So if you think your hard drive has a problem, what do you do? 

Fixing a Hard Drive Problem

Back It Up
Regardless of hardware or software failure, it's always good to back up your data. The simplest solution is to use a cloud-hosted solution, although what option you use will depend on how much data you need to save. You don't need to copy everything off your hard drive, but include any irreplaceable files. If you have fewer than 5 gigabytes of data, consider using Google Drive. If, on the other hand, you have a lot of photos and videos, consider a paid data backup option like Crashplan, or a physical backup drive like the Seagate GoFlex, which you can use for automatic backups. (Get more tips in Cloud Vs. Local Backup: Which One Do You Need?)

Check Your Disk for ErrorsThe easiest way to see what's wrong with your disk is simply to ask it. If you're running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, open "My Computer," right-click on the drive you want to test (probably c:), then click "Properties," the "Tools" tab, and the "Check Now" button. If you have a pretty good feeling it's going to find a few problems, check both of the boxes. They'll fix any errors that can be repaired. If you're lucky, this will solve your error problems.

Replace the DriveThere's a chance your hard drive will be almost kaput and the diagnostic tool will tell you so. If the diagnostic tool crashes, replace the hard drive as soon as possible. If you do this, make sure to deactivate any software like Office 365 or Adobe programs. You can then install Windows on a new hard drive and restore your files from backup.

Clone the DriveIf you're feeling a bit more ambitious and don't want to start from scratch, you can make an "image" of your drive and put it on your new hard drive. Daemon Tools can help you do this, and you'll find instructions on how to restore the image here. Be warned that this is a technical process, and if your hard drive errors were due to viruses, you run the risk of transmitting the viruses to the new computer. If you want to do this but feel completely out of your league, make sure to contact a computer repair professional.

Hard drives cause problems more often than you'd think, and they can render your computer virtually inoperable. Fortunately, the fix is often fairly simple. No matter what you do, remember to back up your hard drive regularly. That way if it does fail, you'll still be able to retrieve your most important data.

Hard disk Problem

Hard drive serial killers are the destructive forces that threaten to destroy your hard drive. The six worst hard drive destroyers are simpler than you might think.

Serial Killer #1: Heat: The primary cause of hard drive failures is hardware overheating. Inadequate ventilation and cooling in and around your computer hardware can cause severe damage to the equipment. Overworked hardware with little or no downtime and smoke or fire damage can wreak havoc on a system.

Serial Killer #2: Physical damage to your computer: Any type of physical force, such as bumping, jarring, or dropping your computer may lead to physical damage to the hard drive. If your computer is in use at the time of the impact, the read/write heads may touch or gouge the disks, causing damage to the platter’s magnetic surfaces where the data is embedded. This is known as a head crash, and the damage can be significant. Even if your computer is powered down, the likelihood of jarring your computer’s components is still present.

Serial Killer #3: Power Surges: A power surge can be caused by lightning strikes, interference with power lines, or by any event which causes the flow of energy to be interrupted and then restarted. Power surges can result in data loss when the read/write heads fail to function properly, and in the worst case, a complete computer crash.

Serial Killer #4: Water Damage: Moisture caused by flooding or even by spilling a liquid onto your computer is almost assuredly bad news. The casing that holds the hard disk drive is not designed to be a barrier against water penetration. Water will have damaging effects on a computer’s electronic parts and disk components, possibly even causing unwanted electrical currents which can further damage your computer.

Serial Killer #5
: Corrupted files: Improperly closing a program, turning of your computer before closing files, and installing new software can cause files to become corrupted. Power failures and accidental computer shut downs can contribute to corrupted files, and causing damage to the hard drive.

Serial Killer #6: Human error: The functions of the hard drive can be impaired by human tampering with the system files. Accidental deletion of files imperative to the disk drive is not uncommon. Improper installation and removal of files from your computer can cause the hard disk to malfunction. Activities conducted during a forensic investigation of a computer may also compromise the hard drive.

Study Tricks - 1

Reading, writing, arithmetic. They're the core of the grade-school curriculum - but often the bane of a child with attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD). Your child's teacher may not have the patience or expertise to offer your child tips to master these subjects in ways that work best for her.
That's where you come in. Help your child use these creative learning tricks, and watch the three R's soar.


  • Follow with a finger. Encourage your child to read with a guide finger. This can help with losing his place, skipping lines, and omitting or repeating words.
  • Stick 'em up. Have your child mark important passages with sticky notes, so she can find them later. Use a symbol for each topic, for example, a smiley face for information about a character, a house for setting, a star for important ideas.
  • Pace read-alouds. Suggest that your child take a short breath at each comma and a regular breath at the end of each sentence. This will improve his reading pace - and comprehension.
  • Find the five W's. Focus on who, what, when, where, why, and how when reading. Help your child track them with a chart.
  • See it. Help your child to visualize a story by seeing it as a movie in her mind. As she reads, the movie should change. This will help her remember characters, facts, and concepts.


  • Chart it. Have your child verbalize what he will write, then make a flow chart or mind map. Have him write the main topic in a circle in the center of a piece of paper, then write subtopics in other circles and connect them to the main circle with spokes. This will enable him to articulate ideas and link them appropriately, regardless of the order in which they were generated.
  • Use a story organizer. This works for both reading and writing. Your child should make a list that includes characters, setting (time and place), the problem, the goal, the action, and the solution. Fill in the details under each heading.
  • Draw it. Use diagrams or drawings to plot and tell a story.


  • Use games. Here's an example, for multiplying 9s: Lay your hands flat on the table, palms down, and label each finger 1 to 10, from left to right. For 5 x 9, curl your number 5 finger down. The numbers before this break will be tens, those after will be the ones. With four fingers on the left side of the break and five on the right, you have 45. 5 x 9 = 45.
  • Be manipulative. Use blocks, tiles, even playing cards, to work out computations physically.
  • Draw a picture. For example, if the problem is to divide 48 cookies among 12 students, draw a plate for each student, then divide the cookies among the plates. Seeing the problem helps kids who struggle to learn math in traditional ways.
  • See the sign. Have your child highlight the operational sign (+, -, x, ÷) for each problem before working the calculations. This reinforces the type of computation asked for.

How to cheat in Exam Method - 5

Try cramming information last minute. By spending the few minutes before an exam skimming over your notes or studying, you have a shot at being able to do well without cheating.

  1. For essays, try to remember key words. Usually professors or teachers have "key words" that they are looking for in an essay. This means that the actual "fluff" of the essay is less important. If you know the topic or possible topics of an essay question, cram four to five terms you know your professor will be looking for. Instead of having to study everything, you can succeed with less effort.
  2. For math exams, try to memorize formulas. Knowing a formula can be more powerful that spending hours doing practice problems. If you can write down a formula enough to memorize it, then you can spend the test trying to apply those to the problems.
  3. For multiple choice exams, try "chunking" information you know will be on the test. Instead of memorizing a list of words, try breaking it into easier to remember smaller lists. For example, if I am studying for a history test, instead of remembering "Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin, Washington, Grant, Lincoln, and Lee" break it up into the "4 of the founding fathers: Franklin, Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton" and the "3 civil war leaders: Lee, Lincoln, Grant." By memorizing the number of men to a specific topic, it'll be easier to narrow down who you are missing.

Worlds best tips and tricks website