Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Memorize Today

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  • Anonymous
    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
    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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  • Anonymous
    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
    for mac I change the # for control :), now mac is a little bit more ease.
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  • nammi-namm
    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
    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.
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  • Onus
    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.
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  • Mark Heath
    Eh, pretty basic shortcuts.
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  • touchdowntexas13
    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.
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  • greymanx
    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
    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.
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  • hillarymakesmecry
    Most useful thing I've seen on toms hardware in 5 years of visiting this site. Thanks!
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  • Anonymous
    Yup Ctrl-Z and F5 FTW!!
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  • dedhorse
    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
    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
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  • Maziar
    I knew most of it but learned a few too :d
    great tips.
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  • Anonymous
    all this is so silly
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  • Lamiel
    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.
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  • rbarone69
    Ctrl-Enter in Outlook to send an email w/out having to click send.
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  • mosu
    trying Tab+Enter
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  • omegacoder
    will highlight the next/previous word.
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  • omegacoder
    CTRL-Shift-(right or left arrow) will highlight the next/previous word.
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