Tame your computer - flipping files

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to show running applications and find recently opened documents (Windows 10).

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Windows 10 has a wealth of nifty new features which means you might not be using your PC to its full potential. Although you probably know there must be easier ways, you simply don't have the time or energy to sift through and find the hints and tips yourself. So here’s another one I would like to share with you … flip through open applications or remind yourself what file you were working on a couple of days ago.

Here’s how:

  1. Press WIN + TAB. (There’s also a Task View button on the taskbar, next to the search box.)
  2. Use your arrow keys on your keyboard to flip through your running applications or recently opened files.
  3. Press ENTER to activate the window or open the document.

You will see up to 30 days in your timeline, making it easier to pick up where you left off. You can also use the scrollbar rather than your keyboard arrows to go through your history.

By the way, I’ve developed a new 60-minute webinar helping you to discover hidden features to improve your efficiency and increase productivity using Windows 10. The first one was run for the Cambridge Science Park last week and as one of the delegates wrote afterwards:

Thank you so much for the workshop, your tips are always helpful. You can legitimately say that my mind was blown."

The next one will be held on Friday 26 March.  If you would like me to run this webinar for your team … I give group discounts. Just give me a shout.

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I am also running comprehensive Excel courses in conjunction with Cambridge Network's Learning Collaboration:


I meticulously test every tip I write to make sure it is correct, easy to understand and time-saving. Let me know if something isn't clear or doesn't work.

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Unless stated otherwise, the steps are written about Microsoft 365 using Windows 10.


8 March 2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

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