[Windows/Office] Keyboard Shortcuts Desktop Background

I started a spreadsheet to list keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 including the Edge Browser, Windows Terminal, and Microsoft Office. I use the content to generate an image that I use as a desktop background to help me learn and remember keyboard shortcuts.

I do not know how to make images so I do this manually. This is how it works:

  • The part of the spreadsheet to use as the desktop background image has a dark background color and a light foreground color.
  • I use an alternate foreground color to highlight shortcuts that I am trying to learn.
  • Under the table, a few rows provide space to separate the table from the task bar.

To create and set the desktop background image, in Excel:

  1. Select the rows and columns to include in the image.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Copy drop-down, and then select Copy as Picture…
  3. Paste the contents of the clipboard into an image utility such as Microsoft Paint
  4. Save the image as a file.
  5. Right-click on the image file and choose Set as desktop background from the menu that appears.  

In Personalization settings (Win+I, “background image settings”), I set “Choose a fit” to “Fit”.

If you forget a keyboard shortcut, you can press Win+, (comma) to peek at the desktop. It also seems nice to have on a second screen that doesn’t have any windows covering the desktop.

Desktop showing desktop keyboard shortcuts under other windows

There are many other keyboard shortcuts that I could include just for Windows, and I would also like to add Visual Studio. I will maintain the spreadsheet for now. If anyone uses it, I could put it on github or something. Please comment on this blog post if you have suggestions of shortcuts to include or any other feedback.

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