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Appendix A. Windows XP Keyboard Shortcuts

Mice are great ‚ if you're a cat. But real power hounds prefer the time-saving keyboard shortcuts.

Since it's not easy to find ‚ let alone remember ‚ Windows XP keyboard shortcuts, the tables in this appendix offer handy reminders, divided into three categories: surprisingly handy shortcuts that use the Windows logo key (Table A-1); common keyboard shortcuts that work in most Windows programs (Table A-2); and dialog box shortcuts (Table A-3).


Tip: Remember that for all the key combinations listed here, you need to start by holding down the first key listed, and then, while keeping the first key pressed, press the other keys.
Table A-1. Windows Logo Key Shortcuts

Shortcut Key Combination

What It Does

Windows Key

Displays or hides the Start menu.

Windows Key+Break (the key with the word "Break" printed on it)

Displays the System Properties dialog box.

Windows Key+D

Shows the desktop.

Windows Key+M

Minimizes all windows.

Windows Key+Shift+M

Restores minimized windows.

Windows Key+E

Opens Windows Explorer.

Windows Key+F

Searches for a file or folder.

Windows Key+F1

Displays Windows Help.

Windows Key+R

Opens the Run dialog box.


Table A-2. Common Windows XP Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut Key Combination

What It Does

Shift+F10

Displays the shortcut menu for the selected item (equivalent to right-clicking with the mouse).

Shift+Delete

Deletes the selected item permanently without placing it in the Recycle Bin.

Shift with any of the arrow keys

Selects more than one contiguous item in a window or on the desktop, or selects text within a document.

Right Arrow

Opens the next menu to the right, or opens a submenu.

Left Arrow

Opens the next menu to the left, or closes a submenu.

Home

Goes to the top of the active window.

F6

Cycles through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.

F5

Refreshes the active window.

F3

Searches for a file or folder.

F2

Renames the selected item.

F10

Activates the menu bar in the active program.

Esc

Cancels the current task.

Ctrl+A

Selects all.

Ctrl+Z

Undoes the previous action.

Ctrl+X

Cuts.

Ctrl+C

Copies.

Ctrl+V

Pastes.

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Moves the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.

Ctrl+Shift with any of the arrow keys

Highlights a block of text.

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Moves the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Moves the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.

Ctrl+F4

Closes the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously .

Ctrl+Esc

Displays the Start menu.

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Moves the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.

Ctrl while dragging an item

Makes a copy of the item you're dragging.

Backspace

In My Computer or Windows Explorer, opens the folder one level up.

Alt+Tab

Switches between open items.

Alt+F4

Closes the active item, or quits the active program.

Alt+Esc

Cycles through items in the order they were opened.

Alt+Enter

Displays the properties of the selected object.


Table A-3. Windows XP Dialog Box Shortcuts

Shortcut Key Combination

What It Does

Ctrl+Tab

Moves forward through tabs in a dialog box.

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Moves backward through tabs in a dialog box.

Tab

Moves forward through options in a dialog box.

Shift+Tab

Moves backward through options in a dialog box.

Space Bar

Selects or clears the checkbox if the active option is a checkable.

Arrow keys

Selects a button if the active option is a group of option buttons .

F1

Displays Help in the current program.

F4

Displays the items in the active list.

Backspace

Opens a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box.

Alt+ underlined letter

Carries out the underlined letter's corresponding command or selects the corresponding option in a dialog box.




Windows XP Power Hound
Windows XP Power Hound: Teach Yourself New Tricks
ISBN: 0596006195
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 119

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