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For Sale – Apple Mac Pro 5,1 hex 6 core GTX680 8GB RAM 1TB

Mac pro 2009 (5.1 firmware)
OSX 10.12 and windows 10 through bootcamp
2.8GHz XEON X5660 6-core
DVD writer
8GB RAM
2 x 500GB HDDs – missing one sled – see pictures
nVidia GTX680 2GB
overall good cond
£630 – now £580 pick up only

Price and currency: 580
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: cash/bank transfer
Location: Manchester/Bolton
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PC market decline coming to an end

The yearslong PC market decline may finally be over, thanks to increasing acceptance of Windows 10 and more innovation around 2-in-1s.

IT experts have debated the death of PCs for years now, as smartphones and tablets have emerged. But thanks to PC hardware and software improvements, such as faster processors, better battery life, and more lightweight and secure devices, the market is on the verge of a turnaround. The PC market will see 1.6% growth in 2018 and 2019, according to a July report from Gartner.

“Today, PCs are a lot better in terms of performance,” said Matt Kosht, an IT director at a utility company in Alaska. “Even cheap PCs are better at business tasks.”

The PC market declined 4.3% from the second quarter of 2016 to the same period this year, Gartner said. Growth in the mobile market could be to blame.

“Since the only device that people could buy six or seven years ago was PCs, that’s all they purchased,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. “Now, we … buy multiple devices.”

But the shift from PCs to other devices is occurring mostly among consumers and not in business, Atwal said. Business users will need to upgrade to newer PCs with more power and efficiency, thereby slowing down and eventually reversing the market decline, he added.

“On the business side, most users still have a PC as a main computing device,” he said. “Over the years, companies held onto their PCs, which is why there was a decline in shipments. But what we are seeing now is that they are trying to replace the PCs [with new ones].”  

Kosht agreed.

“I don’t think PCs are going away, not by a long shot,” he said.

Projected growth in worldwide PC market shipments

Windows 10 plays major role in PC uptick

On the business side, most users still have a PC as a main computing device.
Ranjit Atwalresearch director at Gartner

Microsoft has been successful with infusing the market with much-needed innovation in Windows 10. Although most organizations still use Windows 7, this phase is nearing an end, especially because Microsoft will no longer support that operating system after January 2020. When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, many organizations chose to stick with Windows 7 because 2020 was still a long time away. That is no longer the case.

The fact that Windows 10 offers newer hardware and improved security is another reason why the PC market decline will see a slowdown.

“Windows 10 came at the right time,” Atwal said. “Organizations are … focused on power, they are focused on mobility, they are focused on security, and a lot of those elements are incorporated in Windows 10. They can’t stay with Windows 7 because it doesn’t have that sort of productivity.”

Ultramobiles contribute to PC market growth

Gartner’s PC market data and projections included the Apple MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface Pro and 2-in-1 devices, such as Lenovo’s Yoga tablets — a category it refers to as “premium ultramobiles.”

The innovation in 2-in-1s and the other premium ultramobiles has injected the overall PC market with new life. These devices allow for faster processing power and better hardware, despite their light weight, making them popular among both consumers and businesses.

Two-in-one devices and other premium ultramobiles allow employees to do everything that a traditional work PC does in a more user-friendly format, said Melanie Seekins, chair of the Credentialed Mobile Device Security Professionals organization.

“A Surface … gives the best of both worlds,” Seekins said. “It gives you everything you love or enjoy about Microsoft and adds the touch and feel of a regular tablet, so now you can write on the screen or pull out your keyboard if you wanted.”

For Sale – Hauppague & Peak TV Tuners & passive ATi 4550 GFX card

These are sitting here having been removed working from my TV PC running Windows 7 Media Center.
The accessories have not been used as MCE has it’s own IR receiver and remote.

Everything included is in the picture. Postage is not included
I’m hoping someone will want a couple of things so I can combine.
Postage will be at cost and your choice, I have boxes to hand and work from home so can organise couriers or post.

SOLD!
Hauppauge! WinTV-dualHD USB tuner – Dual Freeview HD/DVB-T2 tuner – Boxed – £35

This was bought from 365games in December 2016 so some warranty left, invoice will be included.

I already have one of these in my Windows 7 Media Center, but couldn’t get them both to work together for 4 simultaneous HD recordings so I bought a single HD tuner.
I have tested them individually and I can say with confidence this works for 2 HD streams in WMC or using WinTV v8.

I have used one of my WinTV v8 licences while trying to solve the problem with Hauppauge support so if for any reason this licence number doesn’t work then I’ll happily PM the other number.

Hauppague! WinTV Nova HD S2 – Satellite HD Tuner PCi – unboxed – £10 SOLD

Removed working some time ago when I stopped running Freesat and Freeview simultaneously on WMC.
I can’t find the CD with WinTV it’s available from Hauppague’s website for a fee. I used it for free with MCE and I expect it works with other free PVR software too.

Peak dual Freeview tuner – dual DVB-T – boxed £10

Ran rock solid in my system for years. Low profile plate, mini aerial, remote and IR eye included.

ATi HD44550 512 DDR3 PCI-E HDMI/DVI/VGA passive graphics card – unboxed – £10
This was used for several years without problems. When my motherboard died I replaced it with an all in one system on a board so this is surplus to requirements.
I tested it in my desktop system and it works fine.

If you’ve got any questions, let me know :thumbsup:.

Please feel free to make me an offer, these are just sitting here :)

Price and currency: £various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer preferred
Location: Near Norwich
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Hauppague & Peak TV Tuners & passive ATi 4550 GFX card

These are sitting here having been removed working from my TV PC running Windows 7 Media Center.
The accessories have not been used as MCE has it’s own IR receiver and remote.

Everything included is in the picture. Postage is not included
I’m hoping someone will want a couple of things so I can combine.
Postage will be at cost and your choice, I have boxes to hand and work from home so can organise couriers or post.

SOLD!
Hauppauge! WinTV-dualHD USB tuner – Dual Freeview HD/DVB-T2 tuner – Boxed – £35

This was bought from 365games in December 2016 so some warranty left, invoice will be included.

I already have one of these in my Windows 7 Media Center, but couldn’t get them both to work together for 4 simultaneous HD recordings so I bought a single HD tuner.
I have tested them individually and I can say with confidence this works for 2 HD streams in WMC or using WinTV v8.

I have used one of my WinTV v8 licences while trying to solve the problem with Hauppauge support so if for any reason this licence number doesn’t work then I’ll happily PM the other number.

Hauppague! WinTV Nova HD S2 – Satellite HD Tuner PCi – unboxed – £10 SOLD

Removed working some time ago when I stopped running Freesat and Freeview simultaneously on WMC.
I can’t find the CD with WinTV it’s available from Hauppague’s website for a fee. I used it for free with MCE and I expect it works with other free PVR software too.

Peak dual Freeview tuner – dual DVB-T – boxed £10

Ran rock solid in my system for years. Low profile plate, mini aerial, remote and IR eye included.

ATi HD44550 512 DDR3 PCI-E HDMI/DVI/VGA passive graphics card – unboxed – £10
This was used for several years without problems. When my motherboard died I replaced it with an all in one system on a board so this is surplus to requirements.
I tested it in my desktop system and it works fine.

If you’ve got any questions, let me know :thumbsup:.

Please feel free to make me an offer, these are just sitting here :)

Price and currency: £various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer preferred
Location: Near Norwich
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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No patch for zero-day SMB exploit for August Patch Tuesday

Another month, another SMB flaw found in Windows — but this time, Microsoft said Windows Server admins can handle it on their own.

Microsoft sealed off 48 vulnerabilities on August Patch Tuesday, but the company didn’t fix a known zero-day Server Message Block (SMB) exploit.

The SMBLoris vulnerability, revealed in July at the annual DEFCON hacker conference, is essentially a remote denial-of-service attack. Two security researchers uncovered the bug while they investigated SMB exploits used in the EternalBlue, Petya and WannaCry attacks earlier this year.

Microsoft said it would not address SMBLoris at this time because the vulnerability can only attack systems through the internet — and the SMB port should already be firewalled, the researchers said. The company plans to patch SMBLoris at a later date.

Administrators who follow security best practices won’t have anything to worry about, but it’s one more risk for admins who don’t follow every guideline.

“We recommend making sure that you don’t have port 445 exposed to the internet and that you use a local firewall to prevent access to port 445 when a system is on an untrusted network,” said Jimmy Graham, director of product management for Qualys Inc., based in Redwood City, Calif. “That would prevent that type of [SMBLoris] exploitation.”

Many administrators impose a heavily restricted firewall for untrusted networks and lighten the firewall as business needs dictate. However, businesses should consider imposing those same levels of security on in-house networks, as well, Graham advised.

“There could probably be more of a tightening on corporate networks that would mitigate [SMBLoris and similar vulnerabilities],” he said.

Déjà vu for Windows Search exploit

Microsoft also addressed a critical vulnerability in the Windows Search service — for the third straight month — on August Patch Tuesday.

The remote code execution (RCE) exploit, CVE-2017-8620, occurs when Windows Search handles objects in memory. An attacker who sends a specially crafted message to the Windows Search service could take control of the system and perform a number of actions, such as install programs or delete data.

CVE-2017-8620 is also related to SMB; the attack could trigger the exploit via an SMB connection to command the targeted system. This exploit affects supported versions of Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 and several of the supported Windows client systems.

Microsoft addressed RCE vulnerabilities in the Windows Search service in both June (CVE-2017-8543) and July (CVE-2017-8589) security updates. None of those vulnerabilities were publicly disclosed prior to their respective Patch Tuesdays, and none were exploited in the wild.

The cluster of fixes could reflect extra diligence by Microsoft’s security team as it patches old vulnerabilities — or it may be a sign that more vulnerabilities might lurk within the Search service, Graham said. Because there’s no way to know either way, administrators should continue to follow security best practices.

“Like with anything, it’s important to harden services and lock down things,” he said.

Windows Server administrators should also take note of CVE-2017-0293, which uses a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows PDF Library to corrupt memory to let an attacker assume the same rights as the current user. The critical exploit affects Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 and several supported Windows client systems.

For more information about the remaining security vulnerabilities released on August Patch Tuesday, visit Microsoft’s Security Update Guide.

Dan Cagen is the associate site editor for SearchWindowsServer.com. Write to him at dcagen@techtarget.com.

Impress your guests with help from the Summer Entertaining collection in the Windows Store – The Fire Hose

You might get bragging rights to the best summer barbecue in town when you enlist the Windows Store and its Summer Entertaining collection.

This curated assortment of entertaining apps and books includes How to Cook Everything for kitchen basics and Recipe Keeper Pro for easily finding and saving recipes.

Try these and more apps in the Summer Entertaining collection to start planning your next shindig.

Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Tags: Apps, cooking, food, Windows Store

Check out the world with the new Travel Essentials Collection in the Windows Store – The Fire Hose

The new Travel Essentials Collection in the Windows Store is here to help you plan your next adventure or weekend getaway.

Research with Lonely Planet, book with Expedia, and watch movies and more from Netflix along the way.

Check out these and more apps in the Travel Essentials Collection.

Also, keep up with what’s hot, new and trending in the Windows Store on Twitter and Facebook.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

Tags: Apps, travel, Windows Store

Configure Windows Storage Spaces to serve up hot data fast

One way is through Windows Storage Spaces, the storage virtualization feature available in Windows Server 2012 and onward. Storage Spaces pools available storage resources and shifts more frequently used data onto flash media through its tiered storage functionality.

Files that are often accessed, changed, read and written to could be stored on solid-state media, while old data and archives in less demand are fine on slower, less expensive hard disk media. This arrangement significantly expands the capacity of a storage pool at a more manageable cost without sacrificing performance. Administrators have the option to set up simple spaces with no resiliency or mirrored spaces — two or more copies of data that are stored separately — for fault tolerance in the pool, similar to RAID, to avoid data loss. Technically, Windows Storage Spaces works with as little as one solid-state drive (SSD) and one hard disk drive (HDD), but shops typically need more storage than that.

With Windows Storage Spaces and a full disk enclosure, it just takes a few PowerShell commands to set up the hot fast drives and cold slow drives, then make the pool available to the network.

How to set up Windows Storage Spaces

First, create the storage pool with this PowerShell script:

$s = Get-StorageSubSystem

New-StoragePool -StorageSubSystemId $s.UniqueId -FriendlyName StorageSpacesPool -PhysicalDisks (Get-PhysicalDisk -CanPool $true)

Change the assigned media type — SSD or HDD — to the disks that make up the pool in the following PowerShell commands.

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | Get-PhysicalDisk | {some criteria, maybe size, to identify your SSDs} | Set-PhysicalDisk –MediaType SSD

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | Get-PhysicalDisk | {criteria to pick out your HDDs} | Set-PhysicalDisk –MediaType HDD

After the assignments, double-check the disk configuration:

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | Get-PhysicalDisk | Sort MediaType | Format-Table FriendlyName, Size, MediaType, HealthStatus, OperationalStatus -AutoSize

Next, set up the tiers:

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | New-StorageTier –FriendlyName HotHot –MediaType SSD

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | New-StorageTier –FriendlyName ColdCold –MediaType HDD

Finally, set up the resiliency, simple spaces and mirrored spaces features:

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | Set-ResiliencySetting -Name Simple -NumberOfColumnsDefault 4

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | Set-ResiliencySetting -Name Mirror -NumberOfColumnsDefault 2

$SSD = Get-StorageTier -FriendlyName HotHot

$HDD = Get-StorageTier -FriendlyName ColdCold

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | New-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName SimpleSpace -ResiliencySettingName Simple –StorageTiers $SSD, $HDD -StorageTierSizes 32GB, 128GB -WriteCacheSize 1GB

Get-StoragePool StorageSpacesPool | New-VirtualDisk -FriendlyName MirroredSpace -ResiliencySettingName Mirror -StorageTiers $SSD, $HDD -StorageTierSizes 32GB, 128GB –WriteCacheSize 1GB

There are some caveats. The host OS must run Windows Storage Spaces on a physical machine. Also, Microsoft will not support a just a bunch of disks (JBOD) enclosure that is not listed as compatible with Storage Spaces on the Windows Server Catalog site. A storage pool on an unsupported JBOD enclosure will probably work, but if problems occur, Microsoft won’t work to resolve them.

Windows Storage Spaces vs. Storage Spaces Direct

While the names are similar, the two Storage Spaces features in Windows Server differ. Some in IT believe Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 supersedes Storage Spaces. But that is not the case, and both features still exist.

Storage Spaces — and Clustered Storage Spaces — is available in Windows Server 2012 and onward. Windows Storage Spaces is essentially software RAID with logical volume pooling and built-in software fault tolerance.

Storage Spaces Direct is only available in the Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2016 and executes its functionality quite differently. It creates pools of different types of media logically addressed together and then deconstructed and reassigned on the fly — the epitome of software-defined storage.

Which should you use?

If you’re not on the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition, the choice is clear: Use Windows Storage Spaces.

For medium-sized shops, the price tag of Storage Spaces Direct — still substantially below the cost of a software-defined storage area network product — might still be too high.

Windows Storage Spaces offers the advantage of connecting standard commodity hardware, such as spinning disk drives and solid-state drives, with regular servers, which operate on less expensive Windows Server 2012 editions. Most shops either already use or are planning a migration to this server OS or later versions.

For Sale – Creative T 40 II Speakers.

Windows 10 32/64 bit on USB stick with COA Retail version,boxed.
Removed from the PC listed as new owner had his own.
£60 delivered.SOLD to Kinnsy.

Creative T40 series II Speakers £50 collected or + post
All in excellent condition.

Price and currency: £50
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/Cash
Location: Rotherham.
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Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts



How can you navigate and control Windows 10? Let us count the ways. Mouse. Keyboard. Finger on a touch-screen device. Speech via the Cortana voice assistant. (Whether monotone commands, or shouted ones.)

Let’s see, did we forget anything? Oh, yeah: the good old, handy keyboard shortcut.

Whether you’re using a desktop, a laptop, or a Windows tablet (the last with an accessory or onscreen keyboard), keyboard shortcuts are always available to you as a quick way to run a command, open a program, or perform a certain task. The problem with keyboard shortcuts, though? With so many of them scattered across different programs and OSs, they can be difficult to remember.

Certain universal shortcuts, such as Ctrl+Z for undo or Ctrl+P for paste, get burned into your brain after years of repetition. But other useful ones—such as Alt+Tab to switch to another open window, or Ctrl+Y to redo your last action—can be harder to remember, since you probably don’t use them quite as often.

And those are just the “standard” ones. Windows 10 introduces a host of new keyboard shortcuts to tap into its new features, such as the reincarnated Start menu, the Microsoft Edge browser, and the Virtual Desktop function. So, now you’ve got even more shortcuts to remember, if you want to go that route toward efficiency.

What can you do? Well, here’s a (hopefully) helpful guide to Windows shortcuts. Some are new to Windows 10, and some are old standbys that you may have forgotten about. We’ve organized them according to key features and categories, such as the ability to use virtual desktops and surf the Web using Microsoft Edge.

Peruse these shortcuts. Commit them to memory if you wish. No, you certainly won’t be able to remember all of them—but you’ll be able to recall some. And you can always keep this article handy as a Web page or printout while you’re working in Windows 10. Try out these shortcuts and see which ones stick for the way you work or play.

Shortcuts: Windows 10 Virtual Desktops

Windows 10 offers a new feature called Virtual Desktops, through which you can create multiple “themed” desktop screens, and switch among them at will. Why would you do that? Well, raise your hand if you often have so many windows and apps open that you can hardly keep them straight. You, you, and you? We thought so.

With Virtual Desktops, you can create separate desktop areas that each house their own sets of app shortcuts and windows. You can then shunt each one off to the side until you need it. You don’t have to sift through a giant mishmosh of app or document icons scattered across your one and only desktop.

For example, you may want to create one Virtual Desktop to organize your current work, and another to contain the Mail and Calendar apps. This way, you keep one Virtual Desktop open while you are working, then switch to the other when you need to check your messages or appointments.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

In that scenario, knowing how to switch between Virtual Desktops quickly and efficiently is key. Thus: These keyboard shortcuts!

THE SHORTCUT WHAT IT DOES…
Windows Key+Ctrl+D Creates a new virtual desktop and switches to it.
Windows Key+Tab Opens the Task View to display all Virtual Desktops. Each one will have a number, e.g., Desktop 1, Desktop 2. You then use the Virtual Desktop switcher at the bottom of the screen to click or tap on one of your desktops to switch to it.
Windows Key+Ctrl+Left Arrow Switches to the virtual desktop on the left.
Windows Key+Ctrl+Right Arrow Switches to the virtual desktop on the right.
Windows Key+Ctrl+F4 Closes the current virtual desktop.

Shortcuts: Microsoft Edge

Edge is Microsoft’s new browser for Windows 10, designed as an alternative to the aging Internet Explorer. Set up as the default browser in Windows 10, Edge takes a more minimalist approach to Web browsing, jettisoning some of the menus and toolbars that clutter IE, leaving more real estate for viewing the actual Web page.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Like Internet Explorer, Edge comes complete with a long list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to run its various features and navigate the Web.

THE SHORTCUT WHAT IT DOES…
Ctrl+D Adds current site to Favorites or Reading list.
Ctrl+I Opens Favorites pane.
Ctrl+J Opens Downloads pane.
Ctrl+H Opens History pane.
Ctrl+P Prints the current page.
Ctrl+F Finds specific text on your current page.
Ctrl+Shift+R Enters reading view, which displays a Web page in a more user-friendly format for reading. (Pressing Ctrl+Shift+R again takes Edge out of reading view.)
F12 Opens Edge’s Developer Tools to display a page’s HTML and scripting code.
F7 Turns “caret browsing” on for the current tab. This displays a cursor on Web pages that you can use to select text with the keyboard.
Ctrl+Shift+Delete Opens clear browsing data pane, so you can delete your browsing history, cookies, download history, and other data.
Ctrl+T Opens a new tab.
Ctrl+Shift+T Reopens the last closed tab.
Ctrl+F4 Closes the current tab.
Ctrl+K Duplicates your current Web page in a new tab.
Ctrl+N Opens a new window.
Ctrl+Shift+P Opens a new InPrivate Browsing window.
Ctrl+Tab Switches to the next tab.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Switches to the previous tab.
Ctrl+1, 2, 3, etc. Switches to a specific tab number.
Ctrl+9 Switches to the last tab.
Ctrl+Plus Key (+) Zooms in 25%.
Ctrl+Minus Key (-) Zooms out 25%.
Ctrl+0 Resets zoom level back to normal view.
Backspace (or Alt+Left Arrow) Goes back to the previous page.
Alt+Right Arrow Goes forward to the previous page.
F5 (or Ctrl+R) Refreshes the current page.
Esc Stops the Edge browser from trying to load the page.
F4 (or Alt+D) Selects the URL in the address bar.
Ctrl+Enter Auto-adds “www.” to the beginning and “.com” to the end of text typed in the address bar.
Ctrl+Click Opens the current link in a new tab.
Ctrl+Shift+Click Opens the current link in a new tab and switches to the tab.
Alt+Shift+Click Opens the current link in a new window.

Shortcuts: Windows 10’s Command Prompt

You’d never think it given how slick Windows 10 looks, but the command prompt is alive and well in 10. As in previous versions of Windows, you open a command prompt window in Windows 10 so that you can type a system-level command. Though the command prompt isn’t as popular as it was eons ago, it still comes in handy if you need to run certain techier commands that aren’t directly accessible through Windows.

For example, running the command ipconfig at a command prompt displays your current Internet address, the address of your router, and more. Running the command ping followed by a Web site, such as ping www.yahoo.com, tells you how long it takes for you to get to Yahoo, useful if you’re having trouble reaching the site.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Copying and pasting commands into a command prompt used to be a hassle, but no more. With Windows 10, you can now use the standard Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V shortcuts to copy and paste text back and forth.

To open a command prompt, simply right-click on the Start button and choose Command Prompt from the popup menu. Here’s a set of keyboard shortcuts you can now use with it.

THE SHORTCUT WHAT IT DOES…
Ctrl+Shift+Home Moves the cursor to the beginning of the command prompt’s text output, selecting all text between the cursor and the beginning.
Ctrl+Shift+End Moves the cursor to the end of the command prompt’s text output, selecting all text between the cursor and the end.
Ctrl+Up Moves one line up in the command prompt’s history.
Ctrl+Down Moves one line down in the command prompt’s history.
Ctrl+M Enter “mark mode,” which allows you to select text.
Ctrl+F Opens a Find dialog to search for specific text in the command prompt’s output.
Ctrl+C Copy the selected line of text.
Ctrl+X Cut the selected line of text.
Ctrl+V Paste the selected line of text.
Alt+F4 Close the Command Prompt window.

Shortcuts: Snapping Windows in Windows 10

The ability to “snap” windows already existed in Windows 7 and 8.1, but it’s such a handy feature that we wanted to highlight it in its own section. You can snap your current window to a specific area of the screen, such as the left side or right side, taking up half the available screen space.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

This is helpful if you have more than one window open and you want to snap one to the right and the other to the left, with both occupying an equal amount of space on your display without tedious resizing.

THE SHORTCUT WHAT IT DOES…
Windows Key+Left Arrow Snaps the current window to the left side of the screen, or to its previous position if already snapped right.
Windows Key+Right Arrow Snaps the current window to the right side of the screen, or to its previous position if already snapped left.
Windows Key+Up Arrow Maximizes or snaps the current window to the top of the screen.
Windows Key+Down Arrow Minimizes or snaps the current window to the bottom of the screen.

You can cycle through the different positions of a window using these shortcuts. For example, continually pressing Windows Key+Left Arrow snaps your current window from the right side to a restored position to the left side, while pressing Windows Key+Right Arrow snaps your current window from the left side to a restored position to the right side.

Assorted Shortcuts in Windows 10

The following shortcuts work across Windows 10 as a whole, or with specific features, such as Cortana and File Explorer. So consider these a miscellaneous collection of helpful shortcuts.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

The old reliable Alt+Tab cycles through open windows.

THE SHORTCUT WHAT IT DOES
Windows Key Opens the Start menu or Start screen.
Alt+Tab Switches from one open window to another. Press the Tab key again to flip between windows, and release the key to select a window.
Windows Key+L Locks your PC, or switches accounts.
Windows Key+D Hides or minimizes all open windows on the desktop.
Windows Key+A Opens or closes the Windows 10 Action Center.
Windows Key+S Opens the search tool.
Windows Key+C Opens Cortana in listening mode.
Windows Key+E Opens a File Explorer window.
Windows Key+H Opens the Share screen.
Windows Key+I Opens the Settings screen
Windows Key+R Opens the Run command.
Windows Key+X Opens the Start button’s Quick Link menu.
Windows Key+K Opens the Connect menu to search for wireless devices.
Windows Key+M Minimizes all open windows.
Windows Key+P Opens the presentation menu to switch the display to another device, such as a projector.
Windows Key+T Cycles through apps on the Taskbar.
Windows Key+, (comma) Peeks at the desktop.

General Windows Keyboard Shortcuts: Oldies but Goodies

Some keyboard shortcuts have been around Windows for a long time, and Windows 10 carries on with their grand tradition. Many of these help you navigate or select text, so you’ll find most of these to be handy in a text-based application or word processor, such as Notepad, WordPad, or Microsoft Word. But they’re universal, so they should work in any Windows application.

Windows 10 Guide: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts
The old reliable Alt+Tab cycles through open windows.
THE SHORTCUT WHAT IT DOES
Ctrl+A Selects all text.
Ctrl+C Copies selected text.
Ctrl+X Cuts selected text.
Ctrl+V Pastes selected text at the cursor.
Shift+Left Selects the character to the left of the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Left continually adds the previous character on the line to the selection.)
Shift+Right Selects the character to the right of the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Right continually adds the next character on the line to the selection.)
Shift+Up Selects the entire line above the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Up continually adds the next line above to the selection.)
Shift+Down Selects the entire line below the cursor. (Pressing Shift+Up continually adds the next line below to the selection.)
Ctrl+Shift+Left Selects the entire word to the left. (Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Left continually selects the prior word to the selection.)
Ctrl+Shift+Right Selects the entire word to the right. (Pressing Ctrl+Shift+right continually selects the next word to the selection.)
Shift+Home Selects the entire line to the left of the cursor.
Shift+End Selects the entire line to the right of the cursor.
Shift+Page Up Selects all text on the current screen above the cursor.
Shift+Page Down Selects all text on the current screen below the cursor.
Ctrl+Home Moves to the beginning of your document or file.
Ctrl+End Moves to the end of your document or file.
Ctrl+S Saves changes to your document or file.
Ctrl+Z Undoes your last action.
Ctrl+Y Redoes your last action.
Alt+F4 Closes your current window or application.

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