Friday, January 8, 2010

Top 10 Tech #5: 10 Keyboard Secrets Of Ms Windows

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Below is a list of 10 keyboard shortcuts for use with any version of
the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Each keyboard shortcut is
designed to increase user productivity by eliminating the need to
reach for the mouse. This is done by executing a combination of keys
on the keyboard instead of clicking to perform the same function.
With that said, let's get on with some shortcuts!
Quick Help
Pressing F1 in almost any program will bring up the Help Menu.
Switching Between Tasks
ALT + TAB will bring up a Window with a list of icons representing
programs which are currently running on your computer. While holding
the ALT key, press and depress the TAB button to cycle between each
icon task.
Cycle To The Next Task
ALT + ESC will switch to next task running on your computer. Hold
down the ALT key, press and depress the ESC key to cycle to the next
Kick Out Programs That Crash
CTRL + ALT + DELETE will bring up Task Manager and allow you to End a
Process (terminate a program) if it has crashed or has stopped
responding. Select the process which has stopped responding, and then
press "END PROCESS" to terminate it.
Bring Up The Start Menu
CTRL + ESC will bring up the Start Menu. On some of the newer
keyboard, there is a key that has the Microsoft logo: this will do the
same thing as pressing CTRL + ESC. Once the Start Menu is opened, you
can use your Arrow Keys on the keyboard to navigate through the list
of installed programs. Press ENTER to execute the program.
Cycling Buttons On A Window
Pressing TAB while a window is open on your Desktop will cycle the
cursor to the next button position in the window. The TAB key also
works when cycling between text fields when filling out forms on the
Copy Text Quick
After highlighting text with your mouse, press CTRL + INSERT to copy
it to your clipboard.
Paste Text Quick
Pressing SHIFT + INSERT will paste any text that is in your clipboard.
Your cursor must also be placed in an area that will accept keyboard
input for this to work.
Highlight Text To The Top Of The Page
Click on a line of text anywhere in a document, and press CTRL + SHIFT
+ HOME to select all text above this area to the top of the page.
Highlight Text To The Bottom Of The Page
Click on a line of text anywhere in a document, and press CTRL + SHIFT
+ END to select all text below this area to the bottom of the page.
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