keyboard shortcuts

How to turn on the StickyKeys feature in Windows XP?

Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time by putting files or commands you use often right at your fingertips. Some keyboard shortcuts, however, require you to hold down three keys at a time.

If you want to use a keyboard shortcut but find it difficult to hold down two or three keys at the same time, StickyKeys makes it easy. When a shortcut requires a key combination, the StickyKeys feature in Microsoft Windows XP lets you press a key, such as SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT, and keep it active until another key is pressed. StickyKeys is also helpful when you want to type uppercase letters without holding down SHIFT while you press each letter key.

To activate StickyKeys

1.

Press the SHIFT key five times. A dialog box opens with instructions on how to set up the StickyKeys feature.

2.

Click OK.

StickyKeys dialog box with OK button selected

An icon (a group of squares) appears in the notification area.

StickyKeys icon in notification area

With StickyKeys enabled, you can press and release the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, or Windows logo key, and Windows XP will hold the key down for you until you press the next key. For example, to type a capital A, you could press and release SHIFT, and then press and release the A key.

To turn off StickyKeys, press the SHIFT key five times, and then click Cancel in the StickyKeys dialog box.

How to sort programs on your All Programs menu alphabetically?

Finding programs on your All Programs menu can become difficult if you have a lot of programs installed. When you install new programs, Microsoft Windows XP adds each new item to the end of the All Programs menu. You can, however, quickly sort the items on your All Programs menu in alphabetical order.

To sort items on your All Programs menu alphabetically

1.

Click Start, click All Programs, and then right-click any folder or icon.

2.

On the shortcut menu, click Sort by Name.

Games folder on All Programs menu selected with Sort by Name selected on shortcut menu

That's it—your programs are instantly alphabetized. Enjoy your newly organized All Programs menu.

This same tip works for your Favorites menu in Internet Explorer. In both cases, you'll probably need to go back periodically and sort the lists again, because Windows XP doesn't automatically keep the list in alphabetical order.

 

Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts list in Windows.

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Remote Desktop Connection.

Press this key

To do this

Alt+Page Up

Move between programs from left to right.

Alt+Page Down

Move between programs from right to left.

Alt+Insert

Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.

Alt+Home

Display the Start menu.

Ctrl+Alt+Break

Switch between a window and full screen.

Ctrl+Alt+End

Display the Windows Security dialog box.

Alt+Delete

Display the system menu.

Ctrl+Alt+Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad

Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer).

Ctrl+Alt+Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad

Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).

Ctrl+Alt+Right Arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

Ctrl+Alt+Left Arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

Note: Ctrl+Alt+Break and Ctrl+Alt+End are available in all Remote Desktop sessions, even when you've set up the remote computer to recognize Windows keyboard shortcuts.

The Magnifier keyboard shortcuts list in Windows.

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Magnifier.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+ Plus Sign (+) or Minus Sign (-)

Zoom in or out

Ctrl+Alt+Spacebar

Preview the desktop in full-screen mode

Ctrl+Alt+F

Switch to full-screen mode

Ctrl+Alt+L

Switch to lens mode

Ctrl+Alt+D

Switch to docked mode

Ctrl+Alt+I

Invert colors

Ctrl+Alt+arrow keys

Pan in the direction of the arrow keys

Ctrl+Alt+R

Resize the lens

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+ Esc

Exit Magnifier

 

 

WordPad keyboard shortcuts list in Windows.

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with WordPad.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl+N

Create a new document

Ctrl+O

Open an existing document

Ctrl+S

Save changes to a document

F12

Save the document as a new file

Ctrl+P

Print a document

Alt+F4

Close WordPad

Ctrl+Z

Undo a change

Ctrl+Y

Redo a change

Ctrl+A

Select the entire document

Ctrl+X

Cut a selection

Ctrl+C

Copy a selection to the Clipboard

Ctrl+V

Paste a selection from the Clipboard

Ctrl+B

Make selected text bold

Ctrl+I

Italicize selected text

Ctrl+U

Underline selected text

Ctrl+=

Make selected text subscript

Ctrl+Shift+=

Make selected text superscript

Ctrl+L

Align text left

Ctrl+E

Align text center

Ctrl+R

Align text right

Ctrl+J

Justify text

Ctrl+1

Set single line spacing

Ctrl+2

Set double line spacing

Ctrl+5

Set line spacing to 1.5

Ctrl+Shift+>

Increase the font size

Ctrl+Shift+<

Decrease the font size

Ctrl+Shift+A

Change characters to all capitals

Ctrl+Shift+L

Change the bullet style

Ctrl+D

Insert a Microsoft Paint drawing

Ctrl+F

Find text in a document

F3

Find the next instance of the text in the Find dialog box

Ctrl+H

Replace text in a document

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Move the cursor one word to the left

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Move the cursor one word to the right

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Move the cursor to the line above

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Move the cursor to the line below

Ctrl+Home

Move to the beginning of the document

Ctrl+End

Move to the end of the document

Ctrl+Page Up

Move up one page

Ctrl+Page Down

Move down one page

Ctrl+Delete

Delete the next word

F10

Display keytips

Shift+F10

Show the current shortcut menu

F1

Open WordPad Help

Wordpad is a small program associated by windows, it can make some simple processing to the text documents. Use the keyboard shortcuts above could make you operate the wordpad quickly.

 

Windows Paint keyboard shortcuts list

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Paint.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl+N

Create a new picture

Ctrl+O

Open an existing picture

Ctrl+S

Save changes to a picture

F12

Save the picture as a new file

Ctrl+P

Print a picture

Alt+F4

Close a picture and its Paint window

Ctrl+Z

Undo a change

Ctrl+Y

Redo a change

Ctrl+A

Select the entire picture

Ctrl+X

Cut a selection

Ctrl+C

Copy a selection to the Clipboard

Ctrl+V

Paste a selection from the Clipboard

Right Arrow

Move the selection or active shape right by one pixel

Left Arrow

Move the selection or active shape left by one pixel

Down Arrow

Move the selection or active shape down by one pixel

Up Arrow

Move the selection or active shape up by one pixel

Esc

Cancel a selection

Delete

Delete a selection

Ctrl+B

Bold selected text

Ctrl++

Increase the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel

Ctrl+-

Decrease the width of a brush, line, or shape outline by one pixel

Ctrl+I

Italicize selected text

Ctrl+U

Underline selected text

Ctrl+E

Open the Properties dialog box

Ctrl+W

Open the Resize and Skew dialog box

Ctrl+Page Up

Zoom in

Ctrl+Page Down

Zoom out

F11

View a picture in full-screen mode

Ctrl+R

Show or hide the ruler

Ctrl+G

Show or hide gridlines

F10 or Alt

Display keytips

Shift+F10

Show the current shortcut menu

F1

Open Paint Help

The Windows Paint keyboard shortcuts will be very useful when you working with graphics works.

 

The Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts list.

Most programs provide accelerator keys that can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. Check the menus of programs for accelerator keys. If a letter is underlined in a menu, that usually means that pressing the Alt key in combination with the underlined key will have the same effect as clicking that menu item. The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Explorer windows or folders.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl+N

Open a new window

Ctrl+W

Close the current window

Ctrl+Shift+N

Create a new folder

End

Display the bottom of the active window

Home

Display the top of the active window

F11

Maximize or minimize the active window

Ctrl+Period (.)

Rotate a picture clockwise

Ctrl+Comma (,)

Rotate a picture counter-clockwise

Num Lock+Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad

Display all subfolders under the selected folder

Num Lock+Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad

Display the contents of the selected folder

Num Lock+Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad

Collapse the selected folder

Left Arrow

Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the parent folder

Alt+Enter

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

Alt+P

Display the preview pane

Alt+Left Arrow

View the previous folder

Backspace

View the previous folder

Right Arrow

Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder

Alt+Right Arrow

View the next folder

Alt+Up Arrow

View the parent folder

Ctrl+Shift+E

Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

Alt+D

Select the address bar

Ctrl+E

Select the search box

Ctrl+F

Select the search box

To familiar with the above Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts will speed up your job.

 

Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts list.

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs. The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that use the Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key.

Press this key

To do this

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key

Open or close the Start menu.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +D

Display the desktop.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +M

Minimize all windows.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+M

Restore minimized windows to the desktop.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +E

Open Computer.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F

Search for a file or folder.

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F

Search for computers (if you're on a network).

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +L

Lock your computer or switch users.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +R

Open the Run dialog box.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +T

Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number

Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Shift+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number

Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number

Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+number

Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Tab

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +B

Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Spacebar

Preview the desktop.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Up Arrow

Maximize the window.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Left Arrow

Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Right Arrow

Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Down Arrow

Minimize the window.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Home

Minimize all but the active window.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow

Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow

Move a window from one monitor to another.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +P

Choose a presentation display mode.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G

Cycle through gadgets.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U

Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +X

Open Windows Mobility Center.

The Windows logo key is a very important key for the keyboard shortcuts, it could do many things when you know how to use it. So, keep the most usage of the Windows logo key keyboard shortcuts in mind, it must give you more convenient in your daily work.

 

What is the Keyboard Shortcuts and how to use the Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 7?

If you want to learn about Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts, see description knowledge of the Keyboard shortcuts in this article.

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs.

Most programs also provide accelerator keys that can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. Check the menus of programs for accelerator keys. If a letter is underlined in a menu, that usually means that pressing the Alt key in combination with the underlined key will have the same effect as clicking that menu item.

Pressing the Alt key in some programs, such as Paint and WordPad, shows commands that are labeled with additional keys that you can press to use them.

You can also create new keyboard shortcuts to open programs. For more information, see Create keyboard shortcuts to open programs in the following.

How to create keyboard shortcuts to open programs in Windows 7?

 

You can create keyboard shortcuts to open programs. Before you get started, you need to create a shortcut for the program to which you want to assign a keyboard shortcut. To do this, open the folder that contains the program's executable file, right-click it, and then click Create Shortcut. For more information about creating shortcuts to programs, see Create or delete a shortcut.

  1. Locate the shortcut to the program that you want to create a keyboard shortcut for.

  2. Right-click the shortcut, and then click Properties.

  3. In the Shortcut Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab.

  4. Click in the Shortcut key box, press the key on your keyboard that you want to use in combination with Ctrl+Alt (keyboard shortcuts automatically start with Ctrl+Alt), and then click OKIf you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    If you're using a program that also has a keyboard shortcut using the same key combination as the shortcut you just created, then your shortcut might not work.

 
nBut when use the Keyboard Shortcuts, please note that:
  • The word None appears in the Shortcut key box until you press a key; then it's replaced with Ctrl+Alt+the key that you pressed.

  • You can't use the Esc, Enter, Tab, Spacebar, PrtScn, Shift, or Backspace keys to create a keyboard shortcut.

 

How to use keyboard shortcuts in Windows XP?

If you are a good typist, taking your hands away from the keyboard to move the mouse can use up a few seconds. Over the course of a full day, you could save several minutes by using keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse.

You can use your keyboard instead of your mouse to do these three tasks:

• Start a program 
• Navigate menus 
• Minimize, maximize, and close windows

Start a program using a keyboard shortcut

The Start menu is great for finding programs, but its multiple levels of folders can be time consuming to navigate. If there is a program you start frequently, you should set a keyboard shortcut for it so that you can start the program without taking your hands off the keyboard.

To set a keyboard shortcut to start a program

1.

Click the Start menu, and then click All Programs. Right-click the program that you want to start with a keyboard shortcut, and then click Properties.

Shortcut menu for a program with Properties selected

2.

Click in the Shortcut key box. Now press the letter on your keyboard that you want to use to start the program. Make it easy to remember—for example, press I for Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Note: You can use either uppercase or lowercase letters when creating your keyboard shortcuts—and when accessing them later. In the Shortcut key box, Microsoft Windows XP automatically adds Ctrl + Alt + before the key you pressed. When you want to start the program, hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys simultaneously, while also pressing the letter you chose. This way, your program won't start every time you type that letter.

Properties window for specified program with Shortcut tab displayed and Shortcut key box indicated

3.

Click OK.

Properties window for specified program with Shortcut tab displayed and OK button selected

4.

Now test your shortcut. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys, and then press the letter you chose. If you find it difficult to hold down two keys at once, read Turn on the Sticky Keys feature. Your program should start.

When your friends see you start up programs without touching your mouse, they just might think you have a psychic connection with your computer!