Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL+ESC

displays the Start menu

 

ALT+ SPACEBAR

opens control menu (like clicking on the symbol in the top left corner of a window, from which you select (perhaps using mouse, perhaps using arrow keys and enter) among restore, minimise, maximise, close, etc)

 

ALT+F4

shuts down the selected program, window or dialogue box.

 

CTRL+F4

shuts down the selected document/file.

 


SHIFT+F10

like right click of mouse, brings up context menu.

 

ALT+DOWN ARROW

opens a "Drop down list." It's like clicking those little arrows alongside fields in which you make a choice, for instance in the Look in field of an Open dialogue box.

 

ANY ARROW KEY

removes highlighting; that is, undoes a selection

 

Hitting a letter key

will take you to the first item in an Open or Save dialogue box that begins with that letter. I.E., the Open dialogue box, hit w one or more times to go to the "Windows" folder in the list of stuff that appears on the C drive. This can save a whole lot of hand action.

 

CTRL+ALT+DEL

Brings up the Windows Security box. From here you can lock the PC you are using which can only be unlocked by either yourself or a member of the Computer Centre staff.

 

CTRL+Z or ALT+BACKSPACE

undo. Undoes the previous editing action, if the application allows.

 

CTRL+Y

redo. In some applications (Excel, for example), this combination repeats the last action.

 

CTRL+A

select all.

 

CTRL+X

cut. Removes your selected block from your document (or selected icon) and puts it on the Windows Clipboard.

 

CTRL+C

copy. Puts a copy of the block on the Clipboard.

 

CTRL+V

paste.

 

CTRL+P

Use this to print.

 

CTRL+S

save.

 

CTRL+N

new document.

 

CTRL+O

open. Brings forth the open file dialogue box.

 

CTRL+B

toggle bold off and on with this; this will apply (or remove) bolding to either selected items or to the text that's input next.

 

CTRL+I

toggle italic with this.

 

CTRL+U

toggles underlining.

 

F1

Help.

 

F2

Rename, or edit. Hit F2, with an icon selected, will let you rename the icon. In Excel or Access, F2 takes you from having the entire field or cell selected to an editing position within the field. Do this and you don't have to click

 

F3

Find. Outside an application, will open "Find files or folders." Within an application, performs a Find Next function.

 

F4

Opens a drop-down list.

 

F5

Refresh, or reload.

 

F6

move to opposite pane.

 

F10 Toggles you from the text area to the menu area. From there, arrow keys will move you among menus. Other F keys are used for specific purposes within applications.