20 must-know keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10

With Windows 10, Microsoft has added a ton of new keyboard shortcuts to give you easier access to the new Action Center, Cortana, Task View, and virtual desktops. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft recently released a handy-dandy Word document with Windows 10’s Windows key shortcuts to aid in your study.

If you’re new to keyboard shortcuts, however, one glance at that list can be overwhelming—and there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts that don't involve the Windows key whatsoever. To help you streamline it a bit, here’s a list of 20 must-know shortcuts for Windows 10. 

This isn’t just a list for Windows 10, however. Many of these shortcuts work with older versions of Windows, and you'll find a few standard browser shortcuts as well. If you’re on Windows 7 or 8.1 but new to shortcuts this list will also help you take control of your Windows machine and make you more efficient by lessening your dependence on the mouse.

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The quick and easy way to find the best antivirus software

There was a time when deciding on an antivirus solution for your PC pretty much came down to two choices: Norton or McAfee.

Now, however, antivirus programs are everywhere—and many have a free version. You have your choice of Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, Panda, Trend Micro, and many others. 

It’s enough to make your head spin, but there’s a really easy way to figure out which antivirus program is right for you. An independent testing organization called AV-Test spends its time figuring out the best antivirus programs for Windows, Mac, and Android users.

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How to use Dropbox's handy new browser-agnostic bookmarking feature

Dropbox recently added a new feature that will come in handy for browser agnostic types. If you spend your day between using Chrome at home, Internet Explorer at work, and Safari on your phone, then accessing your bookmarks can be a problem. There are services such as Delicious and Evernote you can use, but now another alternative is Dropbox.

The cloud storage and sync service now lets you drag-and-drop bookmarks into the Dropbox web app, or you can drop them into File Explorer on the desktop—a feature that is not specific to Dropbox.

Here’s how to use Dropbox to create a trove of bookmarks that’s independent of a particular browser.

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The easiest way to wirelessly get videos from your PC to your tablet

We’ve already talked about how to access files from your PC on your mobile device using file explorer apps on Android. But if that approach felt like too much work, here’s a wireless way that’s even easier—and you won't need to muck around with USB keys or external hard drives.

The difference here is that we won’t be streaming the files; instead, we’ll have to download the files to our tablet first using BitTorrent Sync.

BitTorrent Sync

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Three Windows 10 Start menu tweaks that subtly improve your experience

Ever since Windows 10 rolled out on July 29, we’ve offered an endless stream of Windows 10 tips on this column and elsewhere on PCWorld

Unless something big comes up that is really useful or cool, we’ll be taking a Windows 10 break here on Hassle Free PC, and going back to offering tips that nearly any Windows user can take advantage of. Don’t worry, Windows 10 coverage is still ongoing for the rest of the site.

For this column, however, here’s one more hurrah into the world of Windows 10 with some minor tweaks that can make a big difference on how you use your system and change its looks.

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How to customize the left side of the Windows 10 Start menu

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t realize how much I’d missed the Start menu until I moved from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 a few weeks ago (stop looking so smug Start8 users). It’s a fantastic feeling to have it back, and I really like the live tiles addition.

One thing I can’t stand, however, is how Microsoft uses the left side of the Start menu in Windows 10. It’s filled up with the “most used” apps that are anything but, and I really don’t need that “recently added” section for newly installed apps and programs.

If you feel the same way you can turn all that off, and fill it up with items you actually might use.

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