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Useful Key Strokes

Windows Key Strokes

Display the Start menu
+ Break Display the System Properties dialogue box
+ F1 Display Windows Help
+ Tab Cycle through buttons (open applications) on the taskbar
+ D Show the Windows' desktop
+ E Open "My Computer"
+ F Find a folder or file
+ Ctrl + F Search for computers
+ L Locks your computer or, if you are not connected to a network, switches users
+ M Minimise all windows on desktop
+ Shift + M Restore all windows on desktop
+ R Opens the Run dialog box
+ U Opens Utility Manager
+ V Opens Office Speech Recognition
   

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Ctrl Key Strokes

 
Ctrl (whilst dragging a file) Copy a file from one location to another
Ctrl + Shift (whilst dragging a file) Create a shortcut to a file
   
Ctrl (whilst dragging an item) Copies the selected item
Ctrl + Shift (whilst dragging an item) Create a shortcut to the item
   
Ctrl + A Select all
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + N New file or folder
Ctrl + O Open file
Ctrl + W Close current window
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Esc Start menu
   
These work in some programs, such as Microsoft's Word  
Ctrl + F4 Close document
Ctrl + B Bold
Ctrl + I Italic
Ctrl + U Underline
   
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow key Highlights a whole block of text
Ctrl + Left arrow Moves the cursor to the beginning of the current or previous word, depending on your cursor's position.
Ctrl + Right arrow Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Up arrow Moves the cursor to the start of the current or previous paragraph
Ctrl + Down arrow Moves the cursor to the end of the current or next paragraph
   

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Alt Key Strokes

 
Alt + Enter Displays a selected file or folder's properties
Alt + Esc Cycles through items in the order they were opened
Alt + F4 Closes the current program
Alt + Spacebar Opens the shortcut menu for the active program window
Alt + Tab Switch between currently running programs
   

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Other Useful Key Strokes

 
Shift + Del Delete file immediately without placing it in the recycle bin
   
F2 Rename any selected file or application icon on the desk top
F3 Find a folder or file on your hard disk
F5 Refresh the contents of an open window, such as Explorer
   
Ctrl (whilst dragging a file) Copy a file from one location to another
Ctrl + Shift (whilst dragging a file) Create a shortcut to a file
   

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Microsoft's Keyboard Assistance http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/keyboard.aspx
   
QWERTY keyboard .. .. was designed by Christopher Sholes in 1874. the word "typewriter" is in the top line. Why? Sholes used to make and sell them - it was done as a sales aid.
   
   

Sources: Help files, Computer Buyer magazine (Sept 2004)

 

 

 
Published: 29-July-2004
Last edited: 01-Mar-2011 21:56