Windows Shortcuts

February 28th, 2009 Val Posted in General LVS info, LVS Online, Vista, Windows | 2 Comments »

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

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2 Responses to “Windows Shortcuts”

  1. My little Dell gives me a very odd squeek, like its tail is being stepped upon, when I do the standard keyboard shortcuts like these.
    So I have to use the drop down menus, they work fine.
    Jane

  2. That little noise is an error sound. (You can probably change the sound in the Themes area.) I don’t know why it’s giving you an error beep when you use the CTRL key as a shortcut. If you have two CTRL keys, try the other one and see if it does the same thing.