Windows And OSX Hotkeys – Be more efficient at the keyboard

Hello Internet Neighbours!

After using post it notes to remind me of keyboard hotkeys, it got pretty messy, so I've created a HotKeyStand - my low tech hack for remembering keyboard shortcuts.

I originally thought of this idea when trying to come up with a gift for joining my mailing list (and yes, you can get this for free by joining the mailing list). I've put it on my desk and it's saved me some time on multiple occasions.

It has shortcuts for the operating system, YouTube+Gmail, and Finder (Mac version); Office (Windows version).

After you receive it, print one out, I'd really appreciate if you would let me know what you think in the comments below!

Here's a quick snippet of the Hotkeys included (note that I can't include all, I had to be very picky)

Browser Hotkeys

New Tab = Ctrl + T

Close Tab = Ctrl + W

Reopen Closed Tab = Ctrl + Shift + T

Mac users: Replace Ctrl with ⌘

Windows Hotkeys

Settings = Win + i

Lock Screen = Win + L

Snap window to side = Win + [left or right arrow]

[Win10] New Virtual Desktop = Ctrl + Win + D

[Win10] Navigate Virtual Desktop = Ctrl + Win + [left or right arrow]

OSX Hotkeys

⌘ + ⇧ + 4 = Screenshot

⌘ + ⌥ + [space] = search from Finder

⌘ + ⌥ + [esc] = Force Quit Finder

⌘+ 1 = View as icons

⌘+ 2 = View as list

⌘ + ⇧ + A/H/U/D/G = Applications/Home/Utilities/Desktop/Go To Folder

Download here

Both the Windows and OSX versions of the HotKeyStands are included in a single PDF. Just print the page that's relevant to you. Here's what it looks like - note that I've modified the look since I took the photo, so you'll see the new one once you download it.



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Make Windows Work Better! (A roundup of 9+ free tools that will make your life easier.)

Hello, Internet Neighbors!

This post runs through my favorite free applications for Windows, I’ll do a quick intro for each program and let me know which ones you’ve used down in the comments below.
Here is the list of programs I’ll be covering in the video:

    Classic shell – Brings back a clone of the Windows 7 start menu
    Everything – Find your files
    Windir stat – See which folders are taking up all the space
    notepad++ – notepad on steroids

These are not in this particular video, but are in the blog

    Keepass – Keep your passwords organized and random.
    Teamviewer – If your machines have Internet access, you can control them remotely

If you’re not using these utilities, you’re doing it wrong!

    7-zip – Freeware and ad-free zip/rar utility – the best compression utility, hands down
    Google Drive – You can synchronize online files (and choose which folders you want to sync offline) – I’ve never had a synchronization issue with Google Drive like I did with OneDrive.
    Sumatra PDF – The most lightweight PDF reader – it has tabs and it saves the page where you last closed – uninstall Adobe Reader now!

The best part is that you can install all these from without clicking next, next, next…
Here are some others that aren’t in Ninite:
FileLocator Lite (contributed by Marty): It is powerful at letting you choose which filenames (with regexes), text in files to search for, more accurate than the default File Explorer, but does not index filenames or contents. It’s still faster than File Explorer, Notepad++, or Visual Studio. Searching my whole C:\ drive for the filename “test” with FileLocator Lite took only 6 seconds, and this is without an index.

Classic Shell

The search on the classic shell start menu actually works faster – the Win 10 start menu still doesn’t cut it (you can still have your old start menu by pressing Shift+Win)


You can search files by extension, filename, what folder they’re in. Once it’s indexed, all files can be searched so quickly (much faster than the start menu)
The query I’m using here is:
*.jpg asp path:appdata

Windir stat

Don’t know what’s eating up the hard disk space on your machine? This will help you find that folder that should be backed up elsewhere.


If you’re not using Notepad++ to edit text files on Windows, you’re doing it wrong. One common thing I use it for is to find and replace those newline characters to make a comma separated list.
To do this, press Ctrl+H.
Find What: \r\n
Replace with:,
Make sure Search Mode is ‘Extended’
Now, [Replace All]

You like the document list on the left? (The red disk means that the file was edited, but not saved). See the screenshot below to enable that.


Remember to use different strong passwords for each online account that you care about! You can set this to use a password AND a key file. What I do is put the .kdbx file on Google Drive so that my passwords are in sync. I keep my .key file on my local hard disk and make sure it’s not uploaded anywhere.


Don’t want to open up your home machine to the Internet? You can use TeamViewer to access it from your phone or other computer. This is what I use for my DIY Home Security system. If the system you want to control has multiple monitors, TeamViewer allows you to easily switch between monitors.

Make sure you enable 2FA and have a strong password (generated with KeePass). Also make sure to whitelist the machines that are allowed to connect in. There are reports that many TeamViewers got compromised, so use this program with caution.