If there’s one thing that all gadgets can agree upon, it’s that bigger screen size is always better. Bigger screens allow for greater viewing pleasure, so while handhelds are becoming thinner and lighter, their screens are still getting wider and more powerful.
It’s not so different with computers. Higher screen resolutions are gaining more favor, not only for a greater visual experience, but also for better work efficiency. If you have a large display with a high resolution, you can open several windows at once, allowing you to keep track of various data you might need from several programs without having to keep coming back and forth different tabs.
For the sake of better efficiency, here are handy keyboard shortcuts to optimize your window management.
Designating Windows to an Area
One of the main purposes of all that extra workspace is to enable you to have multiple windows open and visible all at once. To do this, you can resize windows and manually position them around your workspace until all your necessary tabs fit into your screen.
There’s an easier and faster way to do that, though. Pressing the Windows key + the left or right arrow key will automatically snap your active window to the left or right of the screen. This is extremely useful if you’re prone to using two programs at once, say, Microsoft Excel and Word. Digital artists can make use of this, too, especially if they need a photo reference open side by side with their program of choice, like Photoshop or Painter.
Alternatively, after snapping windows to either the left or right, you can press the Windows key + the up or down arrow key to assign the windows to various quadrants. Pressing Windows key + up on an active window snapped to the left side of the screen will snap it to the upper left quadrant of your screen, for instance. This is useful for users who need multiple windows open at once, as this can fit up to four open tabs.
Cycling Through Open Tabs
But what if you want just one program in your current workspace, but still need several programs or tabs open? Some graphic artists prefer having their art program take up the entire screen. After all, they need all the visual space they can get, especially for large or meticulously paintings and designs. But they still might need other programs open, such as a photo viewer or an internet browser.
For people like them, the keyboard shortcut Alt + Tab is a staple. Pressing these keys will let you switch to and from the last active windows. If you press and hold the alt + tabs keys, a popup window will display all your active tabs, and you can switch through them by holding alt and pressing tab.
Alternatively, you can also try pressing the Windows key + tab. Unlike the Alt + tab shortcut, which switches just to and from the two most recently active tabs unless you press and hold, the Windows key + tab will display all your active tabs in succession, and you can easily cycle through them until you find the exact tab or window that you need.
Efficient and Effective Window Management
If you want to maximize your efficiency and effectiveness, try using these keyboard shortcuts. They’re quick and easy solutions to setting up your workspace so you can spend less time fiddling with the open tabs and windows and more time to getting things done.