Sunday, August 31, 2008

Explore, learn, share; Computer Shortcuts

WINKEY- Pressing the Windows key alone will open Start.

WINKEY + F1-Opens the Microsoft Windows help and support centre.

WINKEY + F3- Opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.

WINKEY + D - Brings the desktop to the top of all other windows.

WINKEY + M- minimize all windows

WINKEY + SHIFT + M- the minimize done by WINKEY + M and WINKEY + D

WINKEY + E- open Microsoft explorer

WINKEY + Tab- Cycle through open programs through the taskbar.

WINKEY + CTRL + F- Display the search for computers window.

WINKEY + R- Open the run window.

WINKEY + Pause / Break key- Open the system properties window

WINKEY + U-Open Utility Manager

WINKEY + L- Lock the computer (Windows XP and above only).

Alt + F---close current program

Alt + E---Edit options in current program

F1---Universal Help in almost every Windows program.

Ctrl + A---Select all text

Ctrl + X---cut selected item.

Shift + Del---Cut selected item.

Ctrl + c---copy selected item.

Ctrl + Ins---Copy selected item
Ctrl + V--- paste

Shift + Ins---Paste

Home---Goes to beginning of current line.

Ctrl + Home---Goes to beginning of document

End--- Goes to end of current line

Ctrl + End---Goes to end of document.

Shift + Home---Highlights from current position to beginning of line.

Shift + End---Highlights from current position to end of line.

Ctrl + Left arrow---Moves one word to the left at a time.

Ctrl + Right arrow ---Moves one word to the right at a time.

What are the F1 through F12 keys?
Commonly known as "function keys", F1 through F12 may have a variety of different uses or no use at all. Depending on the installed operating system and the software program currently open will change how each of these keys operate. A program is capable of not only using each of the function keys, but also combining the function keys with the ALT and/or CTRL keys, for example, Microsoft Windows users can press ALT + F4 to close the program currently active.
Below is a short-listing of some of the common functions of the functions keys on computers running Microsoft Windows. As mentioned above not all programs support function keys and/or may perform different tasks then those mentioned below.
Almost always used as the help key, almost every program will open the help screen when this key is pressed.
Window key + F1 would open the Microsoft Windows help and support centre.
Open the Task Pane.

In Windows commonly used to rename a highlighted icon or file.
Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.
Often opens a search feature for many programs including microsoft Windows.
Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.
Open find window.
Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
Alt + F4 will close the program currently active in Microsoft Windows.
Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.
In all modern Internet browsers pressing F5 will refresh or reload the page or document window.
Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft Word.
Starts a slideshow in PowerPoint.
Move the cursor to the Address bar in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.
Commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc.
Shift + F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.
Turns on Caret browsing in Mozilla Firefox.
Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly use to get into Windows Safe Mode.
Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.
In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open application.
Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking on a highlighted icon, file, or Internet link.
Full-screen mode in all modern Internet browsers.
Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.
Shift + F12 save the Microsoft Word document.
Ctrl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.
Hope this information was useful in exploring the computer.

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