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How to Windows Usefull Tricks Keyboard Shortcuts

    Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

    A Selection of Keystrokes, that will get you out of trouble should your mouse fail you. Most of the key strokes should work in all versions of WINDOWS.

    Use the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows XP
    BOOT UP Keystrokes
    GENERAL Keystrokes
    Desktop & Explorer Keystrokes
    Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Microsoft Natural Keyboard

    Use the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows XP

    An on-screen keyboard is built into Windows XP. It can be useful if you have mobility impairments, if you are using a tablet PC, or if your keyboard breaks down unexpectedly. To access the on-screen keyboard, go to Start, then click Run, and then type osk. Now the keyboard opens on your computer screen, featuring three typing modes you can use to type data:

    - Clicking mode, where you click the on-screen keys.
    - Scanning mode, where you press a hot key or use a switch-input device to type highlighted characters.
    - Hovering mode, where you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key, which is then typed.

    To make a shortcut icon on your desktop to the on-screen keyboard:
    1. Right-click the desktop and choose New, then Shortcut.
    2. Type osk, click Next.
    3. Type a name for the shortcut, and then click Finish.

    WEBSITE : - On-Screen Keyboard overview - From Microsoft

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    BOOT UP Keystrokes

    Boot with step-by-step confirmation of system file entries SHIFT + F5 BOOT UP
    To boot to the command-prompt ALT + F5 BOOT UP
    To display boot menu on system startup F8 BOOT UP
    To prevent display of startup logo ESC BOOT UP
    To prevent windows loading startup folder items Hold CTRL as windows starts BOOT UP
    To start windows in safe mode F5 BOOT UP

    GENERAL Keystrokes

    Close a menu or dialog without making a selection ESC General
    Close a window or Quit an application ALT + F4 General
    Go to Menu mode F10 General
    Close all programs and log on as different user ALT + F4, C, RETURN General
    Close the START Menu ESC General
    COPY selected item CTRL + C General
    CUT selected item CTRL + X General
    Cycle through currently open windows, apps, dialogs ALT + ESC General
    Defeat CD Autoplay or Autorun SHIFT + insert CD General
    Drop down the computers/drives box on a windows toolbar F4 General
    Drop down the named box in find F4 General
    Drop down the open box in run F4 General
    'FIND' Command CTRL + ESC then F General
    HELP (in tabbed pages & dialogs) F1 General
    Iconic list of currently open windows, apps, dialogs ALT + TAB ( + tab to select) General
    Move backwards between options/buttons in a dialog box SHIFT + TAB General
    Move backwards through tabbed pages CTRL + SHIFT + TAB General
    Move between options/buttons in a dialog box TAB General
    Move through tabbed pages CTRL + TAB General
    Move to (NEXT) item beginning with ? (initial letter/s) ? (initial letter/s) General
    Navigate the START Menu ARROW KEYS General
    Open or Run the selected item ENTER or RETURN General
    Open the look in & save in box in open/save as dialogs F4 General
    Open the START Menu CTRL + ESC General
    PASTE selected item CTRL + V General
    Restart in MS-DOS Mode ALT + F4, M, RETURN General
    Restart Windows ALT + F4, R, SHIFT + RETURN General
    'RUN' command CTRL + ESC then R General
    Scroll through list of recent commands in find & run UP / DOWN Arrow Keys General
    Shut down windows ALT + F4, ENTER or CTRL + ALT + DEL, S General

    Desktop & Explorer Keystrokes

    (LEFT PANE) Collapse the selected folder The - sign (Numlock On) or Left Arrow Key (Numlock Off) Desktop & Explorer
    (LEFT PANE) Expand the selected folder (ALL LEVELS) The * sign (Numlock On) Desktop & Explorer
    (LEFT PANE) Expand the selected folder (ONE LEVEL) The + sign (Numlock On) or Right Arrow Key (Numlock Off) Desktop & Explorer
    Access the 'OPEN WITH' dialog for the selected item CTRL + SHIFT + F10 then E Desktop & Explorer
    Cancel a 'DRAG & DROP' manoeuvre ESC Desktop & Explorer
    Close current window and all parent windows SHIFT + ALT + F4 Desktop & Explorer
    Create a copy of the selected item CTRL + C then CTRL + V Desktop & Explorer
    Create a shortcut to the selected item SHIFT + F10 then S Desktop & Explorer
    Delete the selected item, bypassing RECYCLE BIN SHIFT + DEL Desktop & Explorer
    'Go to' a particular folder CTRL + G Desktop & Explorer
    Move the selected item CTRL + X then CTRL + V Desktop & Explorer
    Open parent folder BACKSPACE Desktop & Explorer
    Open the 'FIND' command F3 Desktop & Explorer
    Open the selected folder in a new window CTRL + ENTER Desktop & Explorer
    REFRESH (update Desktop or window contents) F5 Desktop & Explorer
    Rename the selected item F2 Desktop & Explorer
    Select all items CTRL + A Desktop & Explorer
    Select and expand the drive list F4 Desktop & Explorer
    Send the selected item to the RECYCLE BIN DEL Desktop & Explorer
    Show the context-menu for the selected item SHIFT + F10 Desktop & Explorer
    Show the properties page for the selected item ALT + ENTER Desktop & Explorer
    Step from item to item Arrow Keys Desktop & Explorer
    Switch between left & right panes F6 Desktop & Explorer
    Undo last action (cut,copy,move,rename,delete,create) CTRL + Z Desktop & Explorer
    Windows general help F1 Desktop & Explorer

    Mouse Clicks & Combos

    Add the 'Open With' option to the context-menu HIGHLIGHT, SHIFT + RIGHT CLICK Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Cancel a drag & drop manoeuvre CLICK OPPOSITE MOUSE BUTTON Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Choose continuous items from a window or list Click first item, Hold SHIFT + Click last item Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Choose from COPY,MOVE or Create shortcut Right click + Drag Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Choose selected items from a window or list CTRL + Click each item Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Close current window and all parent windows SHIFT + Click close button Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Copy the selected item CTRL + DRAG Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Create shortcut to the selected item CTRL + SHIFT + DRAG Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Move the selected item SHIFT + DRAG Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Open a folder in a dual-pane window Highlight, SHIFT + Double click Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Open a folder in new window CTRL + Double click Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Show the properties page for the selected item ALT + Double click Mouse Clicks & Combos
    Toggle a window between Maximised / Restored Double click on Title Bar Mouse Clicks & Combos

    Microsoft Natural Keyboard

    Run Dialog WIN + R Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Minimize All WIN + M Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Undo Minimize All SHIFT - WIN + M Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Windows Help WIN + F1 Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Explorer WIN + E Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Find Files or Folders WIN + F Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Find Computer CTRL + WIN + F Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    Cycle through taskbar buttons WIN + TAB Microsoft Natural Keyboard
    PSS Hotkey... (System Properties) WIN + BREAK Microsoft Natural Keyboard

    Published on: 2006-03-11 Author: Microsoft.com