Dead basic computing question? Give me some short cut tips please

(7 Posts)
Metal Tue 09-Apr-13 21:07:08

Some "shortcuts" I like that are slightly less well known are:

alt + D, in a web browser, goes to address bar and selects all text so you can type a new website.

"home" key: go to either the start of a line of text, or the top of a website.

"end" key: go to either the end of a line of text, or the bottom of a website

"windows key" + D, minimise all windows open (press again to bring them all back, as long as you didn't already open new ones.)

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Fri 05-Apr-13 09:48:58

It also very much depends what applications you are using. For example, as above ctrl+D is for delete, but in Excel, it copies the contents of the cell immediately above.

dadofnone Thu 04-Apr-13 22:41:53

Thank you very much!!
I don't know why I don't know these things since I spend most days on a computer both at work and at home.

BlueSkySunnyDay Thu 04-Apr-13 22:19:14

The other thing is I am always making my screen view larger or smaller by mistake on the internet - CTRL+0 returns it to an acceptable size.

BlueSkySunnyDay Thu 04-Apr-13 22:18:03

Here you go - the list from help!

F1
Display Help

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+Insert)
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
Move 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 key
Select a block of text

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

Ctrl with any arrow key+Spacebar
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
Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

Alt+Tab
Switch between open items

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

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

Windows logo key +Tab
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 the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

Left Arrow
Open the next menu to the left, or 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

BlueSkySunnyDay Thu 04-Apr-13 22:13:25

How funny I use these keys all the time but unless I am actually using them I dont have a clue.

dadofnone Thu 04-Apr-13 22:10:06

I have only just learned (unbeliveably I know) that Ctrl + C enlarges the page.
What other short cuts are there?
Also I have never learned all the 'F' keys do F1 - F12.

I've pressed but nothing much happens.

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