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Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Memorize Today

Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Memorize Today
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Keyboard Shortcuts To Know by Heart

Using a mouse is useful but using a mouse and keyboard together can be much more efficient. Want to be a power user? The most efficient people know that tapping the right keys is much faster than maneuvering the mouse and can boost productivity immensely. Here are a series of keyboard shortcuts that will save you time and energy if you remember to use them. Our updated list reorganizes some related shortcuts into the same slide, while other shortcuts were recommended by you, our readers. We've also included a few new shortcuts for Windows 8.

A note: some of the shortcuts listed here work with all major operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) while some of them work only within Windows. However, a slight modification should enable those shortcuts to work on Mac OS X, too. Specific instructions are in parentheses on each page.

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    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 10:12 PM
    I think you missed some really good ones :

    Windows Key + R : start run prompt (XP)
    Windows Key + E : start file explorer (XP)
    Windows Key + M : minimize all windows (XP)
    Windows Key + Shift + M : restore all windows (XP)
    Ctrl + Shift + Esc : start task manager (XP)
    Alt+Space : show current application's window controls (XP)
    F2 : in explorer and office applications : change the text of an object
    F4 : within Office Applications - Repeat last formatting option
    F5 : refresh or reload page (explorer, browsers, etc.. )
    F9 : Office applications : refresh selected text links (for TOC)
    Tab : Advance to next field or clickable object
    Shift+Tab : Advance to previous field or clickable object
    Ctrl+Enter : In Excel : insert whitespace in this cell
    In Email : send email
    F7 : Spellcheck (MS Office, Email clients)
    Ctrl+N : start new instance of program, MS Office: new document
    Ctrl+S : Save
    Ctrl+O : Open
    Alt+(underlined character) : enable drop down menu with this character
    Alt+F4 : close application in focus
    ALt+PrintScrn : Take a screenshot of active application only and put into clipboard ( alt+printscr , win+r , mspaint , ctrl+v, ctrl+s saves your screenshot -- start to finish )
    Menu button : brings up a menu on the current object you've selected -- your keyboard doesn't have it, lots do ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menu_key )
    Ctrl+Alt+Del : bring up login screen, can be configured to bring up taskmgr

    that's enough for now. Save your wrists and use more complex ones by setting up your own shortcut keys !

    and visit here :
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449
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    dedhorse , July 23, 2010 11:07 PM
    Do you really need 27 pages? Couldn't you have grouped some of them together (shift-left, shift-right, or the copy/cut/paste short cuts)? It's kind of a pain flipping through so many pages (and waiting for them to load).
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  • 30 Hide
    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 10:12 PM
    I think you missed some really good ones :

    Windows Key + R : start run prompt (XP)
    Windows Key + E : start file explorer (XP)
    Windows Key + M : minimize all windows (XP)
    Windows Key + Shift + M : restore all windows (XP)
    Ctrl + Shift + Esc : start task manager (XP)
    Alt+Space : show current application's window controls (XP)
    F2 : in explorer and office applications : change the text of an object
    F4 : within Office Applications - Repeat last formatting option
    F5 : refresh or reload page (explorer, browsers, etc.. )
    F9 : Office applications : refresh selected text links (for TOC)
    Tab : Advance to next field or clickable object
    Shift+Tab : Advance to previous field or clickable object
    Ctrl+Enter : In Excel : insert whitespace in this cell
    In Email : send email
    F7 : Spellcheck (MS Office, Email clients)
    Ctrl+N : start new instance of program, MS Office: new document
    Ctrl+S : Save
    Ctrl+O : Open
    Alt+(underlined character) : enable drop down menu with this character
    Alt+F4 : close application in focus
    ALt+PrintScrn : Take a screenshot of active application only and put into clipboard ( alt+printscr , win+r , mspaint , ctrl+v, ctrl+s saves your screenshot -- start to finish )
    Menu button : brings up a menu on the current object you've selected -- your keyboard doesn't have it, lots do ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menu_key )
    Ctrl+Alt+Del : bring up login screen, can be configured to bring up taskmgr

    that's enough for now. Save your wrists and use more complex ones by setting up your own shortcut keys !

    and visit here :
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449
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    pollom , July 22, 2010 10:50 PM
    for mac I change the # for control :) , now mac is a little bit more ease.
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    nammi-namm , July 23, 2010 1:40 AM
    The last one, is hell. I have no clue how many times I've antecedently sent stuff with it. I hit Tab by accident some times when reaching keys near it and then try and use backspace to fix it, only to find out I pressed enter by mistake instead and send a message that ends with a half finished word.
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    zodiacfml , July 23, 2010 3:48 AM
    good selection of shortcuts, those are the most popular ones.
    I also want to add a shortcut, on some sites that require your ID and password, hit TAB after typing your ID so that you proceed directly on the password input.
  • 2 Hide
    Onus , July 23, 2010 1:35 PM
    I disable my Windows key for gaming, but some of those are really useful.
    Alt-Space, F2, F5, and Alt-F4 are all pretty high on my list.
  • 7 Hide
    Mark Heath , July 23, 2010 2:32 PM
    Eh, pretty basic shortcuts.
  • 6 Hide
    touchdowntexas13 , July 23, 2010 4:15 PM
    I think there were some good ones, but like other people have stated, there are many other ones. I think that most of these shortcuts could have and should have been grouped together into the same page.

    I mean why the heck do we need to have shortcuts for both the "plus" and "minus", or "left" and "right"?

    On an article about making things faster, it sure was a bit tedious clicking through each of these pages. Also, when are we going to get a page index for these kinds of articles?

    Anyways, I learned a thing or two. Typically whenever I read these kinds of articles, I always come away with at least one thing that I can implement and become more efficient. Only time will tell if this actually happens.
  • 7 Hide
    greymanx , July 23, 2010 4:51 PM
    I'm shocked that they left out ctrl+z. Ever try to undo 5+ actions in AutoCad or photoshop by clicking Edit>undo?
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    marraco , July 23, 2010 4:54 PM
    Ctrl+F and Ctrl+H is really dependent of user language.

    Ctrl+Click for browsing also works with middle mouse (or well) click, wich requires a single hand, generally already on the mouse. Also, the middle button over tabs closes them on many browsers.

    another useful combinations:
    Windows + E opens windows explorer
    Windows or R, opens the textbox to write commands
    Windows + Pause (more useful in XP) open My Computer properties.
  • 1 Hide
    hillarymakesmecry , July 23, 2010 5:37 PM
    Most useful thing I've seen on toms hardware in 5 years of visiting this site. Thanks!
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , July 23, 2010 7:29 PM
    Yup Ctrl-Z and F5 FTW!!
  • 14 Hide
    dedhorse , July 23, 2010 11:07 PM
    Do you really need 27 pages? Couldn't you have grouped some of them together (shift-left, shift-right, or the copy/cut/paste short cuts)? It's kind of a pain flipping through so many pages (and waiting for them to load).
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    flinxsl , July 24, 2010 5:49 AM
    Thanks to Tom's for the useful article and to theorem for adding to it. I didn't know all of them! I already use shift + arrow keys all the time, and now I will use shift + home/end. also windows key + r or windows key + e are very handy
  • 4 Hide
    Maziar , July 24, 2010 8:38 AM
    I knew most of it but learned a few too :D 
    great tips.
  • -6 Hide
    Anonymous , July 24, 2010 1:38 PM
    all this is so silly
  • 2 Hide
    Lamiel , July 24, 2010 1:45 PM
    I'm surprised they didn't include Ctrl+T (open new tab) in the browser section. I use as much as the F5 refresh. It does go wonky when you're watching flash, but for the most part it's invaluable.
  • 0 Hide
    rbarone69 , July 25, 2010 8:13 AM
    Ctrl-Enter in Outlook to send an email w/out having to click send.
  • 0 Hide
    mosu , July 25, 2010 2:32 PM
    trying Tab+Enter
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    omegacoder , July 25, 2010 9:50 PM
    will highlight the next/previous word.
  • 1 Hide
    omegacoder , July 25, 2010 9:51 PM
    CTRL-Shift-(right or left arrow) will highlight the next/previous word.
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