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Common Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP, 7, 8, 10
these work only in Windows (all versions). Others work across the board in all
F1 Opens HELP window for whatever is active
F2 Rename a SELECTED item
F3 Opens FIND
F5 Refreshes a window
F10 Highlights MENU bar. Touch underlined letters to activate
ALT-F4 CLOSES window, same as X
STARTS SHUT DOWN if no Programs are active
ALT-ENTER Opens PROPERTIES window
ALT-ESC Switches windows
ALT-TAB Switches windows
Print Screen Copies entire window to clipboard
ALT-Print Screen Copies active window to cb
ALT-Spacebar Opens CONTROL menu
ALT-S Opens START menu sometimes
ARROW KEYS can scroll, move cursor, change icons depending on what is active
BACKSPACE changes folder level in Explorer And My Computer
CTRL-ALT-DELETE Opens List of open Programs. Doing it a second time restarts computer
CTRL-DELETE Deletes from cursor to end of word
CTRL-END Moves cursor to end of list or doc
CTRL-ESC Opens START Menu anytime
CTRL-HOME Moves cursor to beginning of list or doc
CTRL-A Selects ALL (except in WordPerfect)
CTRL-C Copies selected material to clipboard
CTRL-N Start NEW file (in some programs)
CTRL-O Start OPEN file (in some programs)
CTRL-P PRINTS active document (ditto)
CTRL-S SAVES active document (ditto)
CTRL-V PASTES clipboard contents to cursor
CTRL-X Cuts selected material to clipboard
CTRL-Z Reverses last action
DELETE Deletes selected material
ESC Cancels last action or open menu
Page Down Scrolls down on window
Page Up Scrolls up one window
Shift-Delete bypasses Recycle bin
Shift Tab Moves backward in buttons
Tab Moves forward in buttons in dialog boxes
1. Some ALT- commands require holding the ALT key down while touching the second key.
2. Selected (Highlighted) material will be DELETED by touching any key except cursor controls.
3. Clipboard holds only one item. Cutting or copying a new item deletes the previous one.
4. Look for shortcuts listed in menus to right of menu item or underlined letter and the icon that is used in the toolbar.
5. Most double click operations can be replaced by a single click and touch enter.
6. Look for shortcut lists in books and magazines, on the Internet and in Help files. In Windows go to Start, Help, and look for keyboard shortcuts.
Now here is the trick to remember them: When you drop a menu in a program, the keyboard shortcut is listed on the right of each item that has a shortcut. The figure below shows a sample example using this windows in DreamWeaver. The Edit menu is dropped. Notice that the keyboard shortcuts are listed. Cut and Copy are black because I highlighted a word before doing a print screen. Paste is still grayed out (Ghosted) because nothing was selected in Cut or Copy to be pasted. Many of these items a common to all programs. Some are only in DreamWeaver
is how you use these shortcuts effectively: Suppose you are typing a letter
and want to save it. Just touch Ctrl + S instead of grabbing the mouse.
To cut or copy something, select (highlight) the item to be copied, use Ctrl + X or + C, move cursor to new location, use Ctrl + V. Once you get used to this, it speeds up the operation, especially if doing it repeatedly.
I use the select all, Ctrl + A frequently.
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