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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.

 

This article contains the dialog box keyboard shortcuts list and Taskbar keyboard shortcuts list in Windows7.

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts list in Windows7.

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.

Press this key

To do this

Ctrl+Tab

Move forward through tabs

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Move back through tabs

Tab

Move forward through options

Shift+Tab

Move back through options

Alt+underlined letter

Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

Enter

Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands

Spacebar

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

Arrow keys

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

F1

Display Help

F4

Display the items in the active list

Backspace

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Taskbar keyboard shortcuts list in Windows7

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with items on the taskbar.

Press this key

To do this

Shift+Click on a taskbar button

Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program

Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button

Open a program as an administrator

Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button

Show the window menu for the program

Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button

Show the window menu for the group

Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button

Cycle through the windows of the group

Keep the above table content in mind, it could give you great help on Windows operations.

 

The following table lists the general keyboard shortcuts in Windows7.

Press this key

To do this

F1

Display Help

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)

Copy the selected item

Ctrl+X

Cut the selected item

Ctrl+V (or Shift+Insert)

Paste the selected item

Ctrl+Z

Undo an action

Ctrl+Y

Redo an action

Delete (or Ctrl+D)

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Shift+Delete

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

F2

Rename the selected item

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl+Shift with an arrow key

Select a block of text

Shift with any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl+A

Select all items in a document or window

F3

Search for a file or folder

Alt+Enter

Display properties for the selected item

Alt+F4

Close the active item, or exit the active program

Alt+Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Ctrl+F4

Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Alt+Tab

Switch between open items

Ctrl+Alt+Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between open items

Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size of icons on the desktop

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

Alt+Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F4

Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer

Shift+F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Ctrl+Esc

Open the Start menu

Alt+underlined letter

Display the corresponding menu

Alt+underlined letter

Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)

F10

Activate the menu bar in the active program

Right Arrow

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

Left Arrow

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu

F5 (or Ctrl+R)

Refresh the active window

Alt+Up Arrow

View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

Esc

Cancel the current task

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

Open Task Manager

Shift when you insert a CD

Prevent the CD from automatically playing

Left Alt+Shift

Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled

Ctrl+Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled

Right or Left Ctrl+Shift

Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

If you can keep the general keyboard shortcuts listed above in mind, you must can operate the Windows quickly and have a better skill on it.

 

How to change the picture on your Welcome screen in windows?

By default, each user account in Microsoft Windows XP has a standard picture (such as a chess set, a dog, or an astronaut) associated with it. If you'd like to make the picture more personal, you can add your own image for each account. Changing pictures is fun, and it makes it easier for young children to use your computer.

To change the picture on the Welcome screen

1.

Log on to your computer as an administrator.

2.

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Start menu with Control Panel selected

3.

Under Pick a category, click User Accounts.

Control Panel window with User Accounts selected

4.

Under or pick an account to change, click the account you want to choose a picture for.

User Accounts window with account selected

5.

Under What do you want to change..., click Change the picture.

User Accounts window with Change the picture selected

6.

Click Browse for more pictures.

User Accounts window Pick a new picture page with Browse for more pictures selected

7.

Click the picture you want to display for that account, and then click Open.

Browsing My Pictures folder with image and Open button selected

Windows XP displays the picture on the Welcome screen for the account you selected. To choose pictures for other accounts, return to step 3.


How to set up your computer so that only authorized persons can use it?

If someone wants to use your computer briefly he or she can use the Guest user account. By default in Microsoft Window XP, this account is disabled, which means that only specifically authorized users can access your computer.

If you have enabled your Guest account, you should disable the Guest account (once your guest has finished using your computer) to improve your computer’s security.

To disable the Guest account

1.

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Start menu with Control Panel selected

2.

Under Pick a Category, click User Accounts.

Control Panel window with User Accounts selected

3.

Under or pick an account to change, click Guest.

User Accounts window with Guest account selected

4.

On the What do you want to change about the guest account? page, click Turn off the guest account.

What do you want to change about the guest account? page with Turn off the guest account selected

Now the Guest account is disabled. As an added safety precaution, and to prevent users without user accounts from logging on, it’s a good idea to add passwords to every account on your computer.

 

How to change the default folder when Windows Explorer opend?

Microsoft Windows Explorer, which is accessible through the Start menu, is the tool you use to look through the files and drives on your computer.

All Programs menu expanded to access Windows Explorer on Accessories submenu

When you start Windows Explorer from the Start menu, it opens your My Documents folder by default. However, a My Documents shortcut already exists on your Start menu. You can put the Windows Explorer shortcut to better use by changing it to display all top-level drives and folders on your system. This change will give you a broad, overall view of all your folders and files.

My Computer window showing top-level drives and folders

To change how Windows Explorer opens

1.

Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, right-click Windows Explorer, and then click Properties.

All Programs menu and submenus expanded to access Properties on Windows Explorer shortcut menu

2.

The Target box currently shows %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe
At the end of the line, type the characters /n, /e, /select, C:\
The line should now read %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, /select, C:\
Be sure you insert blank spaces in the correct locations. Then, click OK.

Shortcut tab in Windows Explorer Properties dialog box with OK button selected

Now, when you open Windows Explorer, it will display all of your folders and drives, not just your My Documents folder.

How to create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder?

Do you have a folder that you'd like to be able to open quickly and easily whenever you want? If you create a keyboard shortcut for that folder, you can open it anytime by pressing a key combination, no matter which other programs you have open.

To create a keyboard shortcut to open a folder

1.

Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.

2.

In Windows Explorer (the program that appears when you open folders such as My Computer, My Documents, My Pictures, or My Music), right-click the folder to which you want instant access, click Send To, and then click Desktop.

Folder selected in My Documents folder, with Send To and then Desktop selected on right-click menu

3.

On your desktop, right-click the new shortcut, and then click Properties.

Shortcut selected, with Properties selected on right-click menu

4.

On the Shortcut tab, click in the Shortcut key box. Now press the letter on your keyboard that you want to use to open the folder.

Note: In the Shortcut key box, Microsoft Windows XP automatically adds CTRL+ALT before the key you press, because to use the shortcut to open a folder, you have to hold down both the CTRL and ALT keys simultaneously, while pressing the letter you chose. This way, your folder won't open every time you type that letter.

The Shortcut to My Pictures Properties page, with the shortcut key shown

5.

Click OK.

The Shortcut to My Pictures Properties page, with the OK button selected

6.

Now test your shortcut. Hold down the CTRL and ALT keys, and then press the letter you chose.

This tip can be applied to folders, programs, and text file shortcuts that are placed on the desktop. For more keyboard shortcuts, read how to use the keyboard shortcut to control windows.

 

How to add a shortcut to your desktop in Windows XP?

You can create shortcuts on your desktop that enable you to open your favorite files and folders by simply double-clicking your mouse.

To add a shortcut from a file to your desktop

  1. Browse through your My Documents folder, and find the file that you want to create a shortcut to.
  2. Right-click the file that you want to be able to open from your desktop, click Send To, and then click Desktop.

File shortcut menu with Send To – Desktop (create shortcut) selected

You’ll see the shortcut on your desktop.

Note: The shortcut icon has an arrow in the lower-left corner to indicate that it’s a shortcut rather than the actual file. You can open a shortcut just like you would any other file by double-clicking it. However, if you delete the shortcut, you won’t remove the file itself.

Shortcuts as they appear on the desktop

For more information about shortcuts, read Working with icons and shortcuts.

How to add familiar icons back to your desktop?

When you first got your computer, it probably had shortcuts for My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places, and the Recycle Bin on the desktop. If you or someone else removed any of those shortcuts and you’d like to get them back, you can easily restore them.

To restore you icons

1.

Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.

Desktop shortcut menu with Properties selected

2.

In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Desktop tab, and then click Customize Desktop.

Desktop tab in Display Properties dialog box with Customize Desktop selected

3.

In the Desktop icons area in the Desktop Items dialog box, select the desktop icons that you want to appear on your desktop.

Desktop Items dialog box

4.

Click OK.

General tab in Desktop Items dialog box with OK selected

5.

Click OK again.

Desktop tab in Display Properties dialog box with OK button selected

The icons you selected will be displayed on your desktop. You can also add shortcuts to your desktop or clean up unused icons on your desktop.

 

How to move your taskbar to a new spot in Windows XP?

If you have more than six or seven windows open at a time, however, the taskbar can become extremely crowded. To make more room for windows, move your taskbar to the right or left side of the screen, where it will be displayed vertically, giving you room for more than a dozen windows.

Tip: If you have a widescreen monitor, placing your taskbar on the right or left side of the screen can make much more efficient use of screen space.

How to move your taskbar?

1.

Right-click your taskbar. If there is a check mark beside Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu, click Lock the Taskbar to unlock it.

Taskbar shortcut menu with Lock the Taskbar selected

2.

Drag your taskbar to the left, right, or top of your screen. To drag the taskbar, click and hold the mouse button over the taskbar. Then, while holding down the mouse button, drag the taskbar to its new location. When the taskbar is in place, release the mouse button.

3.

Move the pointer over an edge of the taskbar until the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. Click the mouse button, and drag the edge of the taskbar to widen it. When you can read the window titles, release the mouse button.

Resized taskbar

4.

Finally, to prevent your taskbar from being accidentally moved, right-click your taskbar, and click Lock the Taskbar on the shortcut menu.

Resized taskbar with Lock the Taskbar selected on the shortcut menu

How to unlock toolbars and work with them?

A toolbar is a collection of buttons or icons—usually displayed across the top of the screen—that represents the different tasks you can do within a program. For example, there is a toolbar for the standard Internet Explorer command buttons in Microsoft Internet Explorer, one for entering an Internet address, and one for quick links you can set up.

When you open a toolbar, it will appear in a particular spot on the screen. If you want to change the location of the toolbar you can move it by dragging it to the new location. You can also resize the toolbar by dragging its edge. If you find a toolbar that cannot be moved or resized, the toolbar may be locked.

How to unlock a toolbar

  1. Make sure you have only one window open for the program. (You can look at the taskbar at the bottom of your screen to verify this.) Then, right-click the toolbar.
  2. If Lock the Toolbars appears on the shortcut menu and is selected (a check mark appears to the left of it), click Lock the Toolbars to unlock the toolbar. If you see Lock the Toolbars, but no check mark appears to the left of it, the toolbar is already unlocked.

Note: If Lock the Toolbars does not appear on the shortcut menu, you may not be able to move or resize the toolbar.

If you are able move the toolbar, once you’ve moved the toolbar to the location where you want it, select Lock the Toolbars so that it isn’t inadvertently moved. To make sure the change is permanent, lock the toolbar, exit the program, and then reopen it. The toolbar should be locked.

Toolbar shortcut menu with Lock the Toolbars selected

 

How to run the screensaver by click a program in Windows?

Monitor technology has improved over the years, and screen savers have become more a form of entertainment than a way to avoid burn-in. But how to instantly activate a screen saver under windows? This will help you quickly make your monitor to be protected from the time when you leaving.
 

Screen savers can be used to display your favorite photos or other images you'd like to see. Sometimes you might want to immediately start your screen saver like you would any other program, without waiting several minutes for it to start automatically.

To add a shortcut to your desktop that you can double-click to instantly start your screen saver

1.

Click the Start button, and then click Search.

Start menu with Search selected

2.

In the Search Results window, click All files and folders.

Search results window

3.

In the All or part of the file name box, type *.scr. Then, click Search.

Search Results window with Search button selected

4.

You will see a list of screen savers in the search results. Pick the screen saver you want. You can preview it by double-clicking it. To add a shortcut to your desktop, right-click the file, click Send To, and then click Desktop.

File selected with Send To and Desktop selected on shortcut menu and submenu

Now you can instantly start your screen saver by double-clicking the icon on your desktop.

How to put your computer into hibernation mode manually?

One way to save power is to turn the computer off when you're not using it. If you’d like to save power but do not want to wait for Windows to shut down and restart, you can use the Microsoft Windows XP hibernation capability. Hibernation saves your open windows to your computer's hard disk and shuts the computer down within a few seconds. The next time you start your computer, all of your windows open exactly where you left them.

Hibernation is an alternative to the standby capability and saves your programs and shuts your computer down completely. Hibernation uses no power, and it takes your computer just several seconds to recover from hibernation when you want to use it again. Standby reduces power usage when your computer is not in use by turning off the parts of your computer that use the most energy. Standby uses more power than hibernation, but it takes less time to start a computer from standby than from hibernation.

Note: You can learn more about the standby option in your computer's power management settings in Configure Windows XP power management.

To put your computer into hibernation

1.

Click Start, and then click Turn Off Computer.

Start menu with Turn Off Computer selected

2.

Click Hibernate. If Hibernate is not an option, read Configure Windows XP power management for instructions on how to enable hibernation.

Turn off computer screen with Hibernate selected

Your computer goes into hibernation—a state in which it consumes no power. To wake your computer from hibernation, press the power button. If you like using hibernation, you can configure your computer's power button to automatically put your computer into hibernation.


 

 

How to delete the Windows Messenger under Windows XP?

Q: When I want to remove the windows messenger, how could I do under windows xp?

A: Fire up the Windows Explorer and navigate your way to the %SYSTEMROOT% \ INF folder. What the heck is that thingy with the percentage signs? It's a variable. For most people, %SYSTEMROOT% is C:\Windows. For others, it may be E:\WinXP. Get it?

Okay, on with the hack! In the INF folder, open sysoc.inf (but not before making a BACKUP copy first). Before your eyes glaze over, look for the line containing "msmsgs" in it. Near the end of that particular line, you'll notice that the word "hide" is not so hidden.

Go ahead and delete "hide" (so that the flanking commas are left sitting next to one another). Save the file and close it. Now, open the Add and Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel. Click the Add / Remove Windows Components icon. You should see "Windows Messenger" in that list.

Remove the checkmark from its box, and you should be set. NOTE: there are other hidden system components in that sysoc.inf file, too. Remove "hide" and the subsequent programs at your own risk.

If you are using Windows 2000, then you must be the supper user or master, do familiar with above.

 

How to speed up the menu display in Windows XP?

As a computer operator, you may have noticed that in Microsoft Windows XP the submenu items in a menu group will have a delay when you click the parent munu. Also in the main menus the settings allows menu to fade into view when you open them. This visual effect is so smooth that you may never have noticed it; of course, this is under a condition that you do not have anything emergent to handle.

However, the effect does cause menus to take a little longer to appear, if you have a good feeling. And on a fast computer, this shouldn't be an issue. But on a computer that isn’t responding as quickly as you'd like, you can make menus display faster.

To speed up menu display, you can do the following steps:

1.

Click Start. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

My Computer shortcut menu with Properties selected

2.

Click the Advanced tab. In the Performance area, click Settings.

System Properties dialog box Advanced tab with Settings button selected

3.

On the Visual Effects tab in the Performance Options dialog box, clear the Fade or slide menus into view check box.

Visual Effects tab in Performance Options dialog box with Fade or slide menus into view selected

4.

Click OK.

5.

In the System Properties dialog box, click OK.

Advanced tab in System Properties dialog box with OK selected

Now when you click a menu, it will appear almost instantly. If your computer is a little slow, try it once. Good luck!