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Article: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Post by windowsxp550 » Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:21 am

Article: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts
If I asked you to open up Windows Media Player, how would you do it? You probably would tell me that you take your mouse, click on the start button, the go to All Programs, then go to Accessories, then click on Windows Media Player. Easy enough. But what if I added that you could not use your mouse at all, only your keyboard? Would you be able to?

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Unfortunately attempting to navigate through your computer is not as obvious as you might think, that is, unless you know some essential keyboard shortcuts. In this article I have listed some of the most essential shortcuts. Knowing these will enable you to perform any function on your computer with only your keyboard.
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(Please Note: I do realize that there are many other shortcuts that I have not listed, however, the ones that are not listed are not necessary. The list below of shortcuts can perform any function on your computer)
 
In An Active Window or Program

Open System Menu

ALT + SPACEBAR

In Active Window, Set Focus to Menu Bar

ALT

In Active Window, Set Focus to Menu Bar -
Alternative Way

F10

***Once Focus is Set on Menu Bar, Expand Menu

DOWN ARROW KEY

***Once Focus is Set on Menu Bar, Navigate to Other Menu Items

ARROW KEYS

***Alternate Way To Navigate to Menu Bar Items

On Every Menu Option One Letter is Underlined, hit ALT + that Letter Key

Display Help For Active Window/Program

F1

Close Active Window or Program

ALT + F4

Minimize All Open Windows/Programs to View Desktop

WINDOWS KEY + D

 
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Start Menu

Open Start Menu

WINDOWS KEY

Open Start Menu,
Alternatvie
Way

CONTROL + ESC

***Once Start Menu is Open, Navigate Through Menu

ARROW KEYS

***Once Start Menu is Open, Open All Programs

Use Arrow keys to Select All Programs Then hit Right Arrow Key

***Once Start Menu is Open, Launch Program

Use Arrow keys to Select Program, Then Hit Enter And Program Will Launch

 

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Desktop

Cycle through Icons On Desktop

TAB

Cycle through Icons On Desktop -
Alternative Way

F6

***Open/Launch Selected Desktop Item

After Item is Selected (using TAB) , hit Enter To Open/Launch

***View Properties of Selected Desktop Item

After Item is Selected (using TAB) hit ALT+ENTER

Select More Than One Item

Hold SHIFT and use Arrow Keys To Select

Display Shortcut Key For Selected Item

Menu Key

Display Shortcut Key For Selected Item -
Alternative Way

SHIFT + F10

Switch Selected Tab In a Dialog Box (Properties Box)

Tab

Add/Remove Check Mark Into A Option Box

With Box Selected, hit SPACEBAR

Delete Selected Item

After Item is Selected (using TAB) hit DELETE

Delete Selected Item Permanently (Item does not go to Recycle Bin)

After item is Selected (using TAB) hit SHIFT + DELETE

Open My Computer

Windows Key + E

Rename Selected Item

F2

Open System Search

Windows Key + F

Open System Search -
Alternative Way

F3

Open Run

Windows Key + R

Open Utility Manager

Windows Key + U

Start Windows Help

Windows Key + F1

Lock Computer

Windows Key + L

Minimize All Windows

Windows Key + M

Restore Minimized Windows

Windows Key + Shift + M

 

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Universal

Open Task Manager

CONTROL + ALT + DELETE

Cut

CONTROL + X

Copy

CONTROL + C

Paste

CONTROL + V

Select All

CONTROL + A

Undo

CONTROL + Z

Delete

DELETE

Cancel Task

ESC

Switch Between Open Windows/Programs

ALT + TAB

 
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Miscellaneous

Mouse Keys On/Off (allows you to move cursor with keyboard)

LEFT ALT + LEFT SHIFT + NUM LOCK

Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN

Switch FilterKeys
on and off.

Right SHIFT for eight seconds

Switch StickyKeys
on and off.

SHIFT five times

Switch ToggleKeys
on and off.

NUM LOCK for five seconds

Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive

Refresh the active window.

F5

Display the items in the active list in a dialog box.

F4

Search For Computers On Network

CONTROL + Windows Key + F

Display the top of the active window.

HOME

Display the bottom of the active window.

END

Carry out the command for the active option or button in a dialog box.

ENTER

In Windows Explorer, Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)

In Windows Explorer, Collapse the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)

In Windows Explorer, Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)

Display the top of the active window.

HOME

Set focus on a notification.

Windows Key + B

Move backward through tabs in a dialog box.

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

Move forward through tabs in a dialog box.

CTRL+TAB

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[hr /] This guide was written by Jason LeDuc. Copyright © 2005-2006. All rights reserved.
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Re: Article: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Post by Squeezebox » Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:37 am

This article is best viewed by clicking the link to it and reading it in the table layout.

Useful information, it gives you some control over Windows without needing a mouse.

Checkout this article at the same time:
http://www.fixmyxp.com/component/option ... ic,1232.0/
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