Just collecting the hotkeys, shortcuts, and commands that I use frequently (and some I use infrequently but often have to go looking for).


General Use

  • Win + L: Lock computer (very useful)
  • Win + X: Quick link window (links to a bunch of administrative tools)
  • Win + X, U: Shutdown menu, follow with a U for shutdown, R for restart, and I for sign out
  • Win + Shift + S: Snipping tool (not the program, select an area of the screen to copy to clipboard as an image)
  • Win + Shift + [Right|Left Arrow]: Move focused window to next monitor
  • Win + [1-9]: Select window on taskbar, open pinned application if closed
  • Win + E: Open Windows Explorer
    Bonus: Win + Spacebar: Switches through keyboard layout, lets you escape the French Canadian keyboard mode.

Administrative Stuff

  • Win + X, I: Powershell
  • Win + X, A: Powershell (Admin)
  • Win + X, G: Computer Management (Task scheduler, event viewer, local users, performance, device manager, disk management)
  • Win + I: Settings menu



Ctl + Alt + T: Open Chrome developer terminal
Crtl + Alt + Shift + [Forward|Backward]: Shift back and forth between ChromeOS and graphical chroot




  • esc: Exit insert/append mode and enter command mode
  • i: enter insert mode; insert text before cursor
  • shift + i: enter insert mode; insert text at start of line
  • a: enter append mode; append text after cursor
  • shift + a: enter append mode; append text to end of line

Command Mode

  • dd: delete this line
  • d10000d: fuck this entire file (as long as file is under 10,000 lines)
  • yy: cut (yank) this line
  • pp: put buffer here (paste copied line)
  • :read ~/secretkey: copy the contents of ~/secretkey to the current line
  • ^: place cursor at start of line (start from the top)
  • $: place cursor at end of line (collect money at end)
  • /word: find next word; can find broadsword or password
  • ?word: find previous word; can find broadsword or password
  • /\<word\> find next complete instance of word; does not find swords or password
  • ?\<word\> find previous complete instance of word; does not find swords or password
  • :q: quit
  • :q!: I SAID GOOD DAY, SIR. (Quit, but shouting and bypasses save prompts)
  • :w: write to file (save)
  • :wq: Write and quit



Getting git set up initially:

sudo apt install git
git config --global "Name"
git config --global
git config --global core.editor vim
git config --global credential.helper cache
git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout=3600'

The credential.helper configurations are so that you don't have to re-enter your password repeatedly when cloning over HTTPS.

  • git config --list: this will list the current configuration settings git has.

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