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Tech tip of the month – short-cuts

Mar 18th 2009

Microsoft Windows in one shape or form has been around for some time (since 1985) with short-cuts being introduced with Windows version 2.0 in October 1987.

So what is a short-cut?

Well, in short, it’s a set of key strokes that invoke a common task.

Let me give you an example:

As you’re sat at your keyboard now, Hold down your Ctrl Key with one finger, then press the Esc key with another (Ctrl + Esc). See how the Windows Start Menu pops up?

Let’s try another.
Hold down the Windows Key and then press ‘R’ (Win + R). See how the Run menu pops up?

Ever copied and pasted text? Of course you have!
Ever tried using ‘Ctrl + C’ to copy and ‘Ctrl + V’ to paste? Maybe not.

Here’s a few useful shortcuts, that if you use Microsoft Windows, you might just find useful…

Key Combination Task
Win + M Minimise all Windows and show the Desktop
Win + E Show Windows Explorer
Alt + Enter Show the properties for a file in Windows Explorer
Ctrl + C Copy the selected text to the Windows Clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut the selected text to the Windows Clipboard
Ctrl + V Paste the contents of the Windows Clipboard
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Show the Windows Task Manager
Alt + Tab Switch between the active programs currently running in Windows
F1 Show Help for the current screen you’re on
F2 Rename a file that is currently highlighted
F3 Search for a File in Windows
F4 Invoke a drop down list/pull down menu
F5 Refresh the current active Window
F12 Invoke the “Save As” feature for most common Microsoft Products
Shift + F10 Invoke a Right Click context menu for any object that is highlighted