Thursday, August 21, 2008

Keyboard Shortcuts

When speed counts, the keyboard is still king. Almost all the actions and commands you can perform with a mouse you can perform faster using combinations of keys on your keyboard. These simple keyboard shortcuts can get you where you want to go faster than several clicks of a mouse. You'll work faster on spreadsheets and similar documents, too, because you won't lose your place switching back and forth between mouse and keys.

Here are some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts:

Copy. CTRL+C 
Cut. CTRL+X 
Paste. CTRL+V 
Undo. CTRL+Z 
Delete. DELETE 

Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE 
Copy selected item. CTRL while dragging an item 
Create shortcut to selected item. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item 
Rename selected item. F2 
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW 
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW 
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW 
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW 
Highlight a block of text. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys 
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys 
Select all. CTRL+A 
Search for a file or folder. F3 
View properties for the selected item. ALT+ENTER 
Close the active item, or quit the active program. ALT+F4 
Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR 
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. CTRL+F4 
Switch between open items. ALT+TAB 
Cycle through items in the order they were opened. ALT+ESC 
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6 
Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer. F4 
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. SHIFT+F10 
Display the System menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR 
Display the Start menu. CTRL+ESC 
Display the corresponding menu. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name 
Carry out the corresponding command. Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu 
Activate the menu bar in the active program. F10 
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW 
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW 
Refresh the active window. F5 
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. BACKSPACE 
Cancel the current task. ESC 
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing. 
 

Use these keyboard shortcuts for dialog boxes:

Move forward through tabs. CTRL+TAB 
Move backward through tabs. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB 
Move forward through options. TAB 
Move backward through options. SHIFT+TAB 
Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option. ALT+Underlined letter 
Carry out the command for the active option or button. ENTER 
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box. SPACEBAR 
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons. Arrow keys 
Display Help. F1 
Display the items in the active list. F4 
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box. BACKSPACE 

If you have a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key and the Application key , you can use these keyboard shortcuts:

Display or hide the Start menu. 
Display the System Properties dialog box. +BREAK 
Show the desktop. +D 
Minimize all windows. +M 
Restores minimized windows. +Shift+M 
Open My Computer. +E 
Search for a file or folder. +F 
Search for computers. CTRL+ +F 
Display Windows Help. +F1 
Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain. + L 
Open the Run dialog box. +R 
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. 
Open Utility Manager. +U 
 

Helpful accessibility keyboard shortcuts:

Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds 
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN 
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK 
Switch StickyKeys on and off. SHIFT five times 
Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds 
Open Utility Manager. +U 

Keyboard shortcuts you can use with Windows Explorer:

Display the bottom of the active window. END 
Display the top of the active window. HOME 
Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*) 
Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+) 
Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-) 
Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW 
Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder. RIGHT ARROW

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