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Monday, June 30, 2008

Using Shortcuts On Your Computer

I have worked in computer support for many years and it amazes me how people panic and exclaim "I can't do any work" because they suddenly find that their mouse doesn't work properly.

Anything you can do with a mouse can be done from the keyboard. In fact you can do a whole lot more with the keyboard and you can normally do it quicker as well!!

Here is a comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to make yourself more productive -

(Remember that when a shortcut has CTRL+X, it means you must press AND HOLD DOWN the Ctrl key and then push the X key on the keyboard)

CTRL+X Cut (whatever you have highlighted will be 'cut' and stored in the 'clipboard')

CTRL+V Paste. (Will copy whatever is in the 'clipboard' to the position the cursor is in your document)

CTRL+Z Undo. (your last action will be undone - e.g. if you pasted something - it will be removed)

DELETE Delete.

SHIFT+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.

CTRL while dragging an item Copy selected item.

CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item Create shortcut to selected item.
F2 Rename selected item.

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.

CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.

CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.

CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.

CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Highlight a block of text.

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.

CTRL+A Select all.

F3 Search for a file or folder.

ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item.

ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program.

ALT+Enter Displays the properties of the selected object.

ALT+SPACEBAR Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.

CTRL+F4 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.

ALT+TAB Switch between open items.

ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened.

F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.

ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window.

CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu.

ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name Display the corresponding menu.

Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu Carry out the corresponding command.

F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program.

RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.

LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.

F5 Refresh the active window.

BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.

ESC Cancel the current task.

SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Press To:

END Display the bottom of the active window.

HOME Display the top of the active window.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.

LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.

RIGHT ARROW Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.