ALT+ SPACEBAR–opens control menu (like clicking on the symbol in the top
left corner of a window, from which you select (perhaps using mouse,
perhaps using arrow keys and enter) among restore, minimize, maximize,
SPACEBAR — hitting this will finalize a selection of an item in a list or
an icon on the screen that’s only half- selected, i.e., there’s a box
around the name but full highlighting is not there.
Also puts a checkmark or big dot in a little box or circle for you to check one of several options.
ENTER — will activate a selected item. Hitting Enter with a program icon
selected will open the program. with a button highlighted, will activate
the “button.” It appears highlighted from the heavier line around it, or it
might look like a depressed button.
Hitting a letter key will take you to the first item in a dialogue box that
begins with that letter. I.E., in open file dialogue box, hit w one or more
times to go to the “Windows” folder in the list of stuff that appears on
the C drive. This can save a whole lot of hand action.
CTRL+z — undo
CTRL+y — redo
CTRL+a — select all
CTRL+p – print
CTRL+ALT+DEL–reboots the computer – eventually. First, it’ll tell you
what’s hung up.
CTRL+esc– same as clicking on the “start button” in the taskbar area of
ALT+F4 shuts down the selected program.
TAB–VERY USEFUL. takes you from one field to another, one “button” to
another, one icon to another etc.
SHIFT+TAB — it tabs you backward
HOME – to beginning of line or far left of field or screen.
END –to end of line, or far right of field or screen.
CTRL+home — to the top
CTRL+END — to the bottom
PAGE UP — moves you up in your document or dialogue box by one page
PAGE DOWN — moves you down in your document or dialogue list by one page
ARROW KEYS–these will move you about the screen or dialogue box, or menu,
not just a document. Modifier keys like CTRL and SHIFT when pressed at same
time as arrow keys or page up and page down will perform selection and
larger movements. For instance, CTRL + right arrow jumps to next word, and
SHIFT+CTRL+RIGHT ARROW selects the whole word.
ESC — to cancel, or get rid of something like box or window that popped up
when you didn’t want it (or if you change your mind) etc.
ALT + the underlined letter in a menu item carries out the action.
SHIFT+F10—like right click, brings up context menu
ALT+TAB—cycles through open applications
[ALT] + down arrow–opens up a “Drop down list” -those little arrows that
sit next to fields in which you must make a choice, for instance in the
“Look in” field of an “Open” dialogue box.
[ALT] + TAB –holding down the [ALT] and hitting tab cycles you
through open applications.
Thus, to sign off windows 95: CTRL+ESC, UP, ENTER, ENTER.
[Hot and Other Keys]
*General folder / Windows Explorer shortcuts for a selected object: