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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 technology  research  practice

A Technology Tip

  • Technology

How many times a week do you go to Windows Explorer or OS Finder to find a file? Probably more times than you care to count or remember.
Windows users, next time you want to go to Windows Explorer, save yourself a ton of time with the Windows key + e shortcut – it allows you to open Explorer with a quick press of two keys. Press the Windows key first and a split second later hit the e key.
And an aside for those that aren’t familiar with the Windows key: on many keyboards it is to the left of the space bar and it has the Windows logo on it. Some specialized keyboards may have it in other locations as well. This is what it looks like:
Windows key
OS users, next time you want to go to Finder, press Command and then hit Tab multiple times until Finder is selected, then press N (while still holding the Command key down) to open Finder. Command+Tab is similar to Alt+Tab in Windows, both allow you to cycle through all the open apps on a computer.
Not quite as simple or quick on the Mac in this case, but a keyboard shortcut can often get you to where you want to more quickly as it takes longer to take your hand off the keyboard and reach for the mouse or trackpad.
Remember these keyboard shortcuts next time you need to find a file.

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