Windows Shortcuts

February 28th, 2009 Val

An interesting MS Knowledge Base article came across my desk recently that I thought might be useful to many folks. Here is a list of all the official keyboard shortcuts:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449

I was just discussing this subject with my DH last night. I’m not really a keyboard shortcut sort of person. So what shortcuts do I use? Here is my much abbreviated list of shortcuts I think EVERYONE ought to know.

  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window
  • F1: Help (for the currently active window, if it’s available. Windows help is from the desktop.)
  • ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature

    Dialog box keyboard commands

  • TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box
  • SHIFT+TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box
  • SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.
  • ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
  • ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button
  • ALT+underlined letter in dialog box item: Move to the corresponding item

Don’t forget, Introduction to Windows and Introduction to Vista are both FREE classes at LVS, “Where learning is fun!”

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Learn Windows XP or Vista FREE!

February 16th, 2009 Val

It’s time to sign up for classes at LVS Online, but you can always sign up for the free Introduction to Windows or Introduction to Vista courses. Both of these courses are absolutely free. You just sign up for a student account at LVS at the same time you sign up for the class- a process that is completely painless even for new computer users. You won’t get a lot of spam (unwanted emails) from LVS either.

Both of these courses are written for the absolute complete beginner student, but even old hands at the computer are almost guaranteed to learn something new. There’s even a message board included with the class where you can ask the instructor questions! You don’t need a video camera, microphone, or anything except your computer and an internet connection.

The Windows 98/XP course is a bit out of date, mentioning peripherals like 31/4 floppy drives, but it’s still a sound course.

Of course, if you’ve got those classes already under your belt, check out the other great classes available from LVS online. They aren’t free, but they’re some of the best values on the internet for $25US or less. ($20US for returning students, $11.25 for Self Study courses!)

I know hundreds of people have taken these Windows courses. If you’ve taken LVS courses, particularly either of the Windows courses, I’d love to hear from you!

Have fun!

Val P.

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