Using a keyboard on general computer windows instead of a mouse

After you have switched your computer, (Windows 7 operating system) you notice a dark screen with a few lines of text in white.

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You choose which command is to be executed here as:

  • start Windows normally or
  • Launch system repair.

After a successful boot up and log in; a colored screen appears and on it there are small picture like elements known as icons.

Icons represents commands and so when double clicked, a specified result must be given.

The layout on which icons are placed is what we term as a desktop, all other Windows displayed on this desktop when opened we refer to them as general Windows. 

Below are shortcut commands that can serve you across any active general window e.g. any of Microsoft suite window, explorer and even the desktop.

F1 -Display Help

Ctrl+C – copy the selected item

Ctrl+X – Cut the selected item

Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert-Paste the selected item

Ctrl+Z -Undo an action

Ctrl+Y – Redo an action

Delete or Ctrl+D-Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

Shift+Delete- delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

F2- Rename the selected item

Ctrl+Right Arrow key- the cursor to the beginning of the next word

Ctrl+Left Arrow – Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

Ctrl+Down Arrow-Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

Ctrl+Up Arrow – Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

Ctrl+Shift with an arrow k- a block of text

Shift with any arrow k- more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

Ctrl with any arrow key+Shift – select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

Ctrl+A Select all items in a document or window

F3 – Search for a file or folder

Alt+Enter -Display properties for the selected item

Alt+F4 -Close the active item, or exit the active program

Alt+Spacebar – Open the shortcut menu for the active window

Ctrl+F4- the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Alt+Tab – Switch between open items

Ctrl+Alt+Tab – the arrow keys to switch between open items

Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel– Change the size of icons on the desktop

Windows logo key +T- cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab – use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Alt+Esc – Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

F6- cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

F4 – Display the address bar list in Windows Explorer

Shift+F10 – Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

Ctrl+Esc -Open the Start menu

Alt+underlined letter – Display the corresponding menu

Alt+underlined letter – Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)

F10 – Activate the menu bar in the active program

Right arrow – open a submenu

Left Arrow – close a submenu

F5 or Ctrl+R – Refresh the active window

Alt+Up Arrow – View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

Esc – Cancel the current task

Ctrl+Shift+Esc – Open Task Manager

Shift when you insert a CD – Prevent the CD from automatically playing

Left Alt+Shift – Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled

Ctrl+Shift – Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled

Right or Left Ctrl+Shift – Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages


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