I have been recently doing a lot of works on Macs at my job and was amazed at some of the cool things OS X can do (the whole F9 thing blows my mind – I wish I was kidding). Then I realized that windows must have similar functionality and I checked out some of the short cuts available in MS Windows XP.
I recommend heading on over and printing this list of Windows shortcuts out and taping it to the wall by your computer. You’ll be a power user in no time.
Some interesting shortcuts I never knew about:
WINKEY + M: Minimize all windows. I usually click on the “Show desktop” icon on my task bar, but this little shortcut saves me those precious 5 seconds.
CTRL + BACKSPACE/DELETE: Delete by the word and not by the letter. Invaluable when you are cleaning up a document.
CNTL + HOME/END: Goes to the start or beginning of a document/page/whatever you are looking at. Scrolling is for suckers.
THE MOUSEWHEEL: Open a new tab. This is only true in Firefox, and I believe Opera. But click a link with the third mouse button (usually the scroll wheel) will open the link in a new tab. Great for when you see an interesting link yet you want to finish reading the site you are currently on.
HOLDING SHIFT: If you hold shift while putting a CD or game in your computer is disables auto play. Not only does this save aggravation but can also disable certain copy protections a disc has.
ALT + F4: Hit it right now, I dare you.
[tags]keyboard, shortcuts, windows[/tags]