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Yes, Windows is Dumb: Keyboard list

technofile  by al fasoldt

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Excerpted from
Yes, Windows Is Dumb
Easy Ways to Master Your PC
Copyright © 1997, Al Fasoldt

 

Windows keyboard shortcut list 

Here are the keyboard shortcuts for the current consumer version of Windows:

General
Get specific help on selected item [F1]
Quit a program [ALT][F4]
Close a window [CTRL][F4]
View the Shortcut menu for selected item [SHIFT][F10]
Display Start menu [CTRL][ESC]
Switch to last window used [ALT][TAB]
Cycle through open applications [ALT][TAB], [ALT][TAB], [ALT][TAB]. . .
Bypass CD or CD-ROM autoplay [SHIFT] while inserting the disc
Select first item on menu bar [F10]
Move through menu headings [LEFT ARROW],[RIGHT ARROW]
Open a menu [DOWN ARROW]
Move through menus [UP ARROW],[DOWN ARROW]
Move to menu where X is underlined [ALT]X
Close current menu selection [ESC]
Cancel current selection on menu bar [ALT] or [F10]
Open application's Control menu [ALT][SPACEBAR]
Open document's Control menu [ALT][-]
Close current document window [CTRL][F4]
Switch to the next document window [CTRL][F6]
Toggle maximized and windowed displays [MOUSE R][MOUSE R] on title bar
Copy a file [MOUSE R] drag the file, [C]
Create a shortcut [CTRL][SHIFT] drag the file
Create a shortcut [MOUSE R] drag an item, [S]
Delete an item Drag to Recycle Bin
Delete an item to Recycle Bin [DEL]
Undo delete [MOUSE R] on desktop, [U]
Delete an item with no undelete [SHIFT][DEL]
Delete an item with no undelete [SHIFT][MOUSE R], [D]
Delete an item with no undelete [SHIFT]drag item to Recycle Bin
Select first menu on menu bar [ALT]
Add Toolbar to any Windows applet or folder [ALT][V], [T]
Move forward through dialog box options [TAB]
Move backward through dialog box options [SHIFT][TAB]
Move between tabs [CTRL][TAB]
Move to an option with the letter X underlined [ALT]X
Open a list box [ALT][DOWN ARROW]
Go to the top of a list box [HOME]
Go to the bottom of a list box [END]
Move to item in list box starting with X X
Select or deselect items in a check box or list box [SPACEBAR]
Select or deselect one item at a time in a list box [SHIFT][UP ARROW]
Select or deselect one item at a time in a list box [SHIFT][DOWN ARROW]
Make noncontiguous selections from list box [CTRL][LEFT ARROW], [MOUSE L]
Open Look In list (Open dialog) [F4]
Open Save In list (Save as dialog) [F4]
Open folder a level up from current folder [BACKSPACE]
Create a new folder [MOUSE R], [W], [F]
Jump to a desktop item Type initial characters
Rename an item [F2]
Find a file or folder [F3]
Cut selected item [CTRL][X]
Copy selected item [CTRL][C]
Paste copied or cut item [CTRL][V]
View an item's Properties [ALT][ENTER]
View an item's Properties [ALT][MOUSE R][MOUSE R]
Create a shortcut [MOUSE R]drag the file, [S]
Close parent folders [SHIFT] click on the Close button
Correct displayed time [MOUSE R] on [ALT][T], [UP ARROW],
 [DOWN ARROW][A],[TAB] to adjust, [ALT][A]
Line up icons [MOUSE R], [E]
Turn on (or turn off) icons' autoarrange [MOUSE R], [I], [A]
Minimize all windows [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [M]
Cascade all windows [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [C]
Tile all windows horizontally [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [H]
Tile all windows vertically [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [V]
Undo last Desktop command [MOUSE R], [U]
Change the Desktop's properties [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R]
Change background pattern [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R],
 select option, [ALT][A]
Change wallpaper [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [ALT][W],
 select option, [ALT][A]
Tile wallpaper [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [ALT]T, [ALT][A]
Center wallpaper [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [ALT]C, [ALT][A]
Change screen saver [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][S]
Password-protect screen saver [MOUSE R] on desktop,
 [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][P]
Change password [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][C]
Change screen saver setup [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][T]
Preview screen saver [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][V]
Change screen saver wait time [MOUSE R]on desktop,
 [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][W]


Taskbar

Hide Taskbar [MOUSE R], [R], [U]
Restore hidden Taskbar [MOUSE R], [R], [U]
Remove clock from Tray [MOUSE R], [R], [C]
Cascade all windows [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [C]
Tile all windows horizontally [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [H]
Tile all windows vertically [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [V]
Undo last Desktop command [MOUSE R], [U]
Reduce size of icons in Start menu [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R], [S]
Clear contents of Documents menu [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
 [CTRL][TAB], [C]
Add item to Start menu [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
 [CTRL][TAB], [A], [ALT][B]


Start Menu

Activate Start menu [CTRL][ESC]
Activate Start menu from Desktop [CTRL][ESC]
Activate Start menu from Desktop [ALT][S]
Add item to Start menu [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
 [CTRL][TAB], [A], [ALT][B]
Remove items from Start menu [MOUSE R] on Start button, O, P, [ENTER]
Reduce size of icons in Start menu [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R], [S]
Clear contents of Documents menu [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
 [CTRL][TAB], [C]
Bring up Find utility [MOUSE R] on Start button, [F]


Recycle Bin

Empty Recycle Bin [MOUSE R], [B]
Cancel delete confirmation dialog box [MOUSE R], [R], [D]
Reinstate delete confirmation dialog box [MOUSE R], [R], [D]
Cancel undelete option for every deletion [MOUSE R], [R], [R]


Explorer

Open Explorer [MOUSE R] on Start button, [E]
Refresh a window [F5]
Go to a named folder [CTRL][G], enter name
Jump to a folder Type its initial character(s)
Undo [CTRL][Z]
Select all [CTRL][A]
Move one level up [BACKSPACE]
Close selected folder and its parents [SHIFT][L] on Close button
Rename an item [F2]
Find a file or folder [F3]
Cut selected item [CTRL][X]
Copy selected item [CTRL][C]
Paste copied or cut item [CTRL][V]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin [DEL]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin [MOUSE R], [D]
Delete an item with no undelete [SHIFT][DEL] or [SHIFT][MOUSE R], [D]
View an item's Properties [ALT][ENTER]
View an item's Properties [ALT][MOUSE R][MOUSE R]
Copy a file [CTRL] drag the file
Create a shortcut [CTRL][SHIFT] drag the file
Switch between left and right panes [F6]
Expand current folder's subfolders [*] on numeric keypad
Expand the selected folder [+] on numeric keypad
Collapse the selected folder [-] on numeric keypad
Expand current selection [RIGHT ARROW]
Select first subfolder (if expanded) [RIGHT ARROW]
Collapse current selection [LEFT ARROW]
Select parent folder (if collapsed) [LEFT ARROW]
Change icon size to small [ALT][V], [M]
Change icon size to small [MOUSE R], [V], [M]
Change icon size to large [ALT][V], [G]
Change icon size to large [MOUSE R], [V], [G]
Change icon view to a list [ALT][V], [L]
Change icon view to a list [MOUSE R], [V], [L]
Change icon view to a detailed list [ALT]V, [D]
Change icon view to a detailed list [MOUSE R], [V], [D]
Arrange icons in alphabetical order [ALT]V, [I], [N]
Arrange icons in alphabetical order [MOUSE R], [I], [N]
Arrange icons by size [ALT][V], [I], [S]
Arrange icons by size [MOUSE R], [I], [S]
Arrange icons by type [ALT][V], [I], [T]
Arrange icons by type [MOUSE R], [I], [T]
Arrange icons by modification date [ALT][V], [I], [D]
Arrange icons by modification date [MOUSE R], [I], [D]
Line up icons [ALT]V, [I], [E]
Line up icons [MOUSE R], [I], [E]
Add Toolbar to any Windows applet or folder [ALT][V], [T]
Activate the Toolbar's List box [TAB]
Activate the Toolbar's List box [F4]


Folders

Find a file or folder [F3]
Cut selected item [CTRL][X]
Copy selected item [CTRL][C]
Paste copied or cut item [CTRL][V]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin [DEL]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin [MOUSE R], [D]
Undo delete [MOUSE R] on desktop,[U]
Delete an item with no undelete [SHIFT][DEL]
View an item's Properties [ALT][ENTER]
Copy a file [CTRL] drag the file
Create a shortcut [CTRL][SHIFT] drag the file


Fonts

Install a new font [ALT][F], [I]
Hide font variations (bold, italic, etc.) [ALT][V], [H]
List fonts by similarity [ALT][V], [S]


Printers

Pause print job on selected printer [ALT][F], [A]
Pause print job on selected printer [MOUSE R], [A]
Purge print job on selected printer [ALT][F], [U]
Purge print job on selected printer [MOUSE R], [U]
Set default printer [ALT][F], [F]
Set default printer [MOUSE R], [F]


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