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Wise Tech Tips

Keyboard Shortcuts

By: James Wise
web posted August 10, 2009
WISE TECH TIPS – A computer mouse is a wonderful thing but sometimes things can be done more quickly using a keyboard. Today, we’ll talk about some keyboard shortcuts that might save you time. These shortcuts can also help in case of problems where your mouse stops working.

Here are some of the keyboard shortcuts I use most often. This list does not cover ALL shortcuts. I’ve highlighted the ones I use most frequently in red.

•    Switch between running programs = ALT+TAB (hold down ALT and then press TAB to view the task-switching window) CTRL+TAB is a related keyboard shortcut used to switch between open tabs in Firefox/Internet Explorer.
•    Opens Windows Task Manager = CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
•    Open Start Menu = CTRL+ESC or Windows Key. Once opened, you can hit TAB to move to the quick launch bar or TAB again to move to the task bar (you can use the arrow keys to move around and enter to select something)
•    Left Mouse Click = Enter
•    Right Mouse Click = SHIFT+F10
•    Open properties for the selected object = ALT+ENTER
•    Copy a file when dragging between folders (instead of moving it) = Hold CTRL while dragging file to new folder then release the mouse button
•    Create a shortcut to a file = Hold ALT and drag it to the desired location (such as the desktop).
•    Open Windows Run Command Box = Windows Key + R
•    Delete an item permanently (if you don’t want it to go to the recycle bin first) = SHIFT+DEL
•    Show Desktop = Windows Key + D
•    Open Windows Explorer = Windows Key + E
•    Lock the computer = Windows Key + L (use CTRL+ALT+DELETE afterwards to unlock it)

•    Cancel = ESC
•    Move between items (i.e. fields in a data entry form) = TAB (SHIFT+TAB moves backwards). Use the SPACE bar to check/uncheck checkboxes in a data entry form
•    Opens a drop-down list box = ALT+DOWN ARROW
•    Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window) = ALT+F6
•    Access the menu bar within a program = ALT or F10 (afterwards, use the arrow keys to move around and enter to select something). To access a menu item more quickly, use ALT+Underlined Letter (e.g. ALT+V in Word will open the “view” menu)
•    Select all = CTRL+A
•    Select text = Move to first or last letter and hold shift and arrow over (use can also use shift + end or home to select an entire line
•    Select multiple consecutive items (like multiple files) = Click on first file, hold shift, click on last file
•    Select multiple non-consecutive items (like multiple files) = Click on first file, hold CTRL, click on each additional file
•    Copy selected text to clipboard (or file, folder, etc…) = CTRL+C
•    Cut selected item (same as copy but it also removes the item from where it was) = CTRL+X
•    Paste text from clipboard (or file, folder, etc…) = CTRL+V
•    Exit Program = ALT+F4
•    Undo last action = CTRL+Z
•    Rename selected file = F2
•    Refresh = F5

Internet Explorer/Firefox
•    Open new tab = CTRL+T
•    Switch between open tabs = CTRL+TAB
•    Switch to a certain open tab = CTRL+(1-9)
•    Go to address bar = CTRL+L
•    Go to search bar = CTRL+K
•    Search for item in search box in a new tab = ALT+ENTER
•    Go back one page = Backspace
•    Go forward one page (if you’ve gone backwards earlier) = SHIFT+Backspace

Commonly Used by Various Programs
•    Spell Check = F7
•    Help = F1
•    Make selected text bold = CTRL+B
•    Make selected text italic = CTRL+I
•    Make selected text underline = CTRL+U
•    Find = CTRL + F
•    Find Next = F3

Happy Keyboarding!

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