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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

General Shortcuts

These are applicable to nearly all Windows programs.

[F1]
Display Help. When in Windows Explorer or viewing the desktop, this shows you Windows Help. Otherwise, shows you the active program’s documentation.

[Ctrl] + [C]
Copy the selected item or text

[Ctrl] + [X]
Cut the selected item or text

[Ctrl] + [V]
Paste the selected item or text

[Ctrl] + [Z]
Undo the last action

[Ctrl] + [Y]
Redo the last action

[Delete]
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

[[Shift]] + [Delete]
Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

[F2]
Rename the selected item

[Ctrl] + [Right Arrow]
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

[Ctrl] + [Left Arrow]
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

[Ctrl] + [Down Arrow]
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

[Ctrl] + [Up Arrow]
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

[Ctrl] + [[Shift]] + an arrow key
Select a block of text

[[Shift]] with any arrow key
Selectmore than one itemin a window or on the desktop, or select
text within a document

[Ctrl] with any arrow key + [Space]
Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

[Ctrl] + [A]
Select all items in a document or window

[F3]
Search for a file or folder

[Alt] + [Enter]
Display properties for the selected item

[Alt] + [F4]
Exit the active program

[Alt] + [Space]
Open 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 programs or items

[Ctrl]+ [Alt] + [Tab]
Use the arrow keys to switch between open items (Vista only). Hit [Enter] to select the program you want to switch to

[Ctrl] + Mouse scroll wheel
Change the size of icons on the desktop – (Vista only)

[Windows] + [Tab]
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D (Vista only). In XP, cycle through programs using the taskbar buttons and hit [Enter] to select a program

[Ctrl] + [Windows] + [Tab]
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D (Vista only). Hit [Enter] to select the program you want to switch to

[Alt] + [Esc]
Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

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

[F4]
Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer

[[Shift]] + [F10]
Display the right-click menu for the selected item

[Ctrl] + [Esc] or [Windows]
Open the Start menu

[Alt] + underlined letter (in program menu)
Display the corresponding menu – for Example, [Alt] + [F] in a program opens the File menu

[F10]
Activate the menu bar in the active program

[Right Arrow] (in menu bar)
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

[Left Arrow] (in menu bar)
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu

[F5]
Refresh the active window

[Alt] + [Up Arrow]
View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

[Esc]
Cancel the current task

[Ctrl] + [[Shift]] + [Esc]
Open Task Manager. Also [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Delete] in Windows XP Hold down [[Shift]] when you insert a CD / DVD Prevent the CD / DVD from automatically playing

Dialog Box Shortcuts

Use these in dialog boxes – Control Panel items, Save and Open
dialogs and so on.

[Ctrl] + [Tab]
Move forward through tabs

[Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Tab]
Move back through tabs

[Tab]
Move forward through options

[Shift] + [Tab]
Move back through options

[Alt] + underlined letter
Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

[Enter]
Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands. Also equivalent to hitting the OK button

[Space]
Change the state of a check box or radio button. Also to click on selected button – the button is clicked after you release the spacebar.

Arrow keys
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

[F4]
Display the items in the active drop-down menu

[Backspace]
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Windows Explorer Shortcuts

[Ctrl] + [N]
Open a new window (Vista only)

[End]
Display the bottom of the active window

[Home]
Display the top of the active window

[F11]
Maximise or minimise the active window (Vista). Go full-screen

(XP)
[*] on keypad (Num Lock on)
Display all subfolders under the selected folder

[+] on keypad (Num Lock on)
Display the contents of the selected folder

[-] on keypad (Num Lock on)
Collapse the selected folder

[Left Arrow]
Collapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select the parent folder

[Alt] + [Left Arrow]
View the previous folder

[Right Arrow]
Display the current selection (if it is collapsed). If not, select the first subfolder (Vista only)

[Alt] + [Right Arrow]
View the next folder

[Ctrl] + Mouse scroll wheel
Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons (Vista only)

[Alt] + [D]
Select the Address bar

Windows Key Shortcuts

[Windows]
Open or close the Start menu

[Windows] + PAUSE
Display the System Properties dialog box

[Windows] +D
Display the desktop

[Windows] +M
Minimize all windows

[Windows] +SHIFT+M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop

[Windows] +E
Open Computer

[Windows] +F
Search for a file or folder

CTRL+[Windows] +F
Search for computers (if you are on a network)

[Windows] +L
Lock your computer or switch users

[Windows] +R
Open the Run dialog box

[Windows] +T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar

[Windows] +TAB
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

CTRL+[Windows] +TAB
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

[Windows] +SPACEBAR
Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar

[Windows] +G
Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

[Windows] +U
Open Ease of Access Center

[Windows] +X
Open Windows Mobility Center

[Windows] with any number key
Open the Quick Launch shortcut that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, [Windows] +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.

Ease Of Access Shortcuts

You can turn these off too.

Right [Shift] for eight seconds
Turn Filter Keys on and off

Left [Alt] + left [Shift] + [Print Screen] (or [PrtScrn])
Turn High Contrast on or off

Left [Alt] + left [Shift] + [Num Lock]
Turn Mouse Keys on or off

[Shift] five times
Turn Sticky Keys on or off

[Num Lock] for five seconds
Turn Toggle Keys on or off

Windows logo key + [U]
Open the Ease of Access Center

Shortcuts For Shortcuts

You can also assign your own keyboard shortcuts to programs you use often. We assume that there’s already a shortcut to this program in the Start Menu or on your desktop. Right-click on that shortcut and choose Properties. In the dialog box, click in the Shortcut Key text box and press your shortcut combination.

You can use [Ctrl], [Alt] and [Shift] in your shortcut, but unfortunately not the Windows key. If you’re going to use [Ctrl] + [Alt], you don’t even need to press them. Windows adds the combination before your shortcut key, so if you hit, [3], your shortcut automatically becomes [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [3].

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How To Create a Shortcut or Hotkey To Safely Remove USB Devices

Usually we remove Hardware by Clicking “Safely Remove Hardware” Icon Present in System Tray.Instead of doing that we can do a small hack to Launch “Safely Remove Dialog Box” by Creating Shortcut or assigning Hotkey (Best Method).

Create a Shortcut to the Safely Remove USB Devices:

  • Right-click on the desktop and choose New –>Shortcut
  • Then paste in the following into the location box :

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

  • Next Give a Shortcut name, here i have given it as Safely Remove

How To Assign a Shortcut Key:

  • Right-click on the Created Shortcut icon.
  • Open the properties dialog, then go to the Shortcut tab.

  • Now Assign a Shortcut key (Here i have assigned CTRL+F2).
  • Apply & Close the dialog box.

This hotkey will make a Fast launch of Safely Remove Dialog Box.

Filed under: Keyboard, Tips Tricks, Windows XP

How To Hide A Local or Networked Drives in Windows XP

This is yet another trick you can play with your friend. To disable the display of local or networked drives when you click My Computer.

This is useful if you don’t want just any average user to be able to easily detect, access and navigate a hard disk that is attached to your system.

Just follow this steps…..

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Filed under: Security, Tips Tricks, Windows XP

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