Tired of chasing your mouse? Use keyboard shortcuts!

The mouse, one of the greatest advances in computing history, provides you with an intuitive point-and-click method for using your computer. Depending on the type of work you're doing; however, sometimes using a mouse actually slows you down. 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.

Here are a few commonly used Windows keyboard shortcuts:

Microsoft Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)

Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)

Windows Logo+D
(Display the desktop)

Windows Logo+M
(Minimize all of the windows)

Windows Logo+SHIFT+M
(Restore the minimized windows)

Windows Logo+E
(Open My Computer)

Windows Logo+F
(Search for a file or a folder)

Windows Logo+F1
(Display Windows Help)

Windows Logo+ L
(Lock the workstation)

General Windows keyboard shortcuts

CTRL+C (Copy)





while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)

key (Rename the selected item)

SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)

with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)

(Select all)

key (Search for a file or a folder)

(Close the active item, or quit the active program)

F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

(Switch between the open items on the toolbar)

key (Update or refresh the active window)

(View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)

(Cancel the current task)

when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

(Open Task Manager)

Can't get enough of these keyboard shortcuts? Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449 for more.


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