Keyboard Shortcut Tips

Keyboard Shortcut Tips

Keyboard Shortcut Tips

Save time with Keyboard Shortcuts

In life, we are often told there are no shortcuts to success. When it comes to using a computer, that is the furthest thing from the truth. Keyboard shortcuts refer to the practice of pressing a combination of keys to carry out a specific action, this can be much quicker than using your mouse to select an option from a menu or toolbar.

Some keyboard shortcut tips are universal across all programs while some are unique to the program you use. If you wanted to, you could work your way through many tasks on a computer with keyboard shortcuts. You could never touch a mouse. However, that might get frustrating and take too long.

Also, depending on the type of computer you use will depend on what keys do what command. Below is a list of some of the actions you can do with keyboard shortcuts. To find a more in-depth list for your specific computer, do a web search for “keyboard shortcuts for (insert your computer type)”.

Basic Keyboard Shortcut Tips

  • Cut text
  • Copy text
  • Paste text
  • Take a picture of your screen
  • Change applications
  • Print
  • Open applications
  • Minimize applications
  • Make applications larger

Keyboard shortcuts are a great time saver and easy to learn. Even if you pick two or three you use regularly, they will be a great asset. For example, I prefer to use shortcuts to copy and paste the most. On my Mac to copy text, I highlight what I want to copy and press the Command and C keys (Ctrl and C on a PC). To paste, I place the cursor where I want the text and press the Command and P keys (Ctrl and V on a PC. It is like second nature to me at this point, and can be for you with some practice.

Start Menu Windows 10 Fix

Start Menu Windows 10 Fix

Start Menu Windows 10 Fix

Windows 10 Start Menu Fix

Some people who run Windows 10 have recently reported that their start menu has stopped responding both to left clicks and also a single press of the Windows key. However, in nearly all of these cases right clicking or pressing the Windows key and X brings up the usual system functions. If you’re suffering from this problem, then you need a quick start menu Windows 10 fix and the trick below will more than likely solve your problem in a few minutes.

Start Menu Windows 10 Fix

Although there are several other methods which may work to fix your start menu problem, the first one shown here seems the most reliable:

  1. Right click the start menu, select Command Prompt (Admin) and click ‘Yes’ in the User Account Control window
  2. Type Powershell in the command window
  3. Copy and paste the text below into the command prompt window:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Don’t worry if you see some slightly alarming-looking red text. After 10 to 20 minutes depending on the speed of your computer, you should be returned to the command prompt, at which point you can type Exit or click the cross in the top right hand corner of the command window to close it.

Your Windows 10 start menu should now be fixed!

In the event that this fix hasn’t worked for you, here are some other things you can try:

Add a new user account

  • Create a new user by right clicking the start menu, selecting Control Panel from the menu, then User Accounts -> Manage another account -> Add a new user in PC settings -> Add someone else to this PC
  • Once you’ve added the new user, be sure to give them Administrator rights
  • Right click the start menu again and sign out of the active account
  • Sign in with the new account you just created and check the start menu works properly. If so, simply copy your files to this new account

Check for corrupted system files

  • Right click the start menu and select Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type sfc /scannow and wait until the process finishes
  • If corrupted files are found which Windows was unable to fix, type Powershell and paste in the following command:
    dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Hopefully, your Windows 10 start menu will now be fixed.

Change Router Channel

Change Router Channel

Change Router Channel

Changing your Wifi Channel

There are many factors which can affect the speed and range of your router’s wifi signal. Some, like the thickness and composition of the walls in your home or office, the distance between the router and device you’re using it with, and the quality of the router itself may be problems you can’t overcome without spending some money. But anyone can change the router channel for free and this can have a positive effect on your transfer speeds.

How to Change the Router Channel

Login to your router by typing its address in your browser of choice – generally this will be 192.168.1.1. If that doesn’t work, type cmd into the Windows Run or Search box, and then ipconfig into the command window; look for the Default Gateway – that will be your router’s IP address. After you open the router’s login page, it will probably ask for a username and password (normally admin and admin – if this doesn’t work, check the bottom of the router as it’s probably listed there). Once you have opened your router’s administration page, open the wireless settings area and look for the Channel setting. It’s almost certainly set to Automatic, which will work okay in the majority of situations, but you’ll notice that there are 13 channels available to choose from.

Which Wifi Channel to Choose
Almost always channels 1, 6 or 11 are the best choice, since these are the only three which don’t overlap. To find out which is best, either use trial and error, or better still the free inSSIDer Home utility (available for Windows, Mac and Android). Among other things this will help you find the least wifi channels with the least congestion in your immediate vicinity.

Useful Alt Codes

Useful Alt Codes

Useful Alt Codes

Useful Alt Codes

The chances are that your computer keyboard does not provide you with every character you’re ever going to need. For example, users of US keyboards may not have access to a Euro (€) symbol, and UK keyboards certainly don’t contain the Spanish ‘ñ’ character…indispensable if you ever need to write mañana. While Microsoft Windows includes a utility called CharMap which helps you insert these letters, knowing some shortcuts to characters you use more frequently can be very helpful.

Luckily, these characters and many, many more can be accessed by holding down the ‘Alt’ key to left of the spacebar on your keyboard, typing a numeric code on the numeric keypad (the one on the right of the keyboard) and then letting go of the Alt key. Below are some of the more useful alt codes:

Alt + 156 £ Pound
Alt + 0128 Euro
Alt + 0162 ¢ Cent
Alt + 0165 ¥ Yen
Alt + 0169 © Copyright
Alt + 0174 ® Registered Sign
Alt + 0153 Trade Mark
Alt + 0188 ¼ Fraction: Quarter
Alt + 0189 ½ Fraction: Half
Alt + 0190 ¾ Fraction: Three Quarters
Alt + 0178 ² Superscript Two
Alt + 0179 ³ Superscript Three
Alt + 11 Male Symbol
Alt + 12 Female Symbol
Alt + 0241 ñ Lowercase n with Tilde
Alt + 0209 Ñ Uppercase N with Tilde

You can view a comprehensive reference sheet here:

Useful Alt Codes Reference

Useful Alt Codes Reference