April 8th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Keyboard Tips, Windows Tips and Tricks

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Keyboard Shortcuts – Keyboard Shortcuts And Their Benefits

Hmm what are keyboard shortcuts and how they’ll be benefit you? According wiki it’s In computing, a keyboard shortcut is a finite set of one or more keys that invoke a software ,well particularly in this case vista , operation when triggered by the user. When used can almost double your productivity, Included in this article are majority of the shortcuts used in vista that were found on the Microsoft Windows Vista Help pages. The list is complete, pretty long and some of them are not so useful or easy to remember as compared to some of the other. Since on the help page had all of the shortcuts that are found in vista, this is why I tried to compact it a little and decided to publish only those which I found are useful in this article.

General keyboard shortcuts

  • Windows Logo: Start menu
  • Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo+M: Minimize all
  • SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all
  • Windows Logo+F1: Help
  • Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F: Find computer
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray)
  • Windows Logo+TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
  • Windows Logo+Break: System Properties dialog box
  • Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item
  • F1 – Display Help
  • CTRL+C – Copy the selected item
  • CTRL+X – Cut the selected item
  • CTRL+V – Paste the selected item
  • CTRL+Z – Undo an action
  • CTRL+Y – Redo an action
  • DELETE – 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
  • F5 – Refresh the active window
  • ALT+UP ARROW – View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
  • CTRL with any arrow key+SPACEBAR – Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
  • 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 Windows Flip 3-D
  • CTRL+Windows logo key + TAB – Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows 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

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

•             CTRL+TAB – Move forward through tabs

•             CTRL+SHIFT+TAB – Move back through tabs

•             TAB – Move forward through options

•             SHIFT+TAB – Move back through options

•             ALT+underlined letter – Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

•             ENTER – Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands

•             SPACEBAR – Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

•             Arrow keys – Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

•             F1 – Display Help

•             F4 – Display the items in the active list

•             BACKSPACE – Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Windows Sidebar keyboard shortcuts

•             Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key + SPACEBAR – Bring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar

•             Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G – Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

•             TAB – Cycle through Sidebar controls

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

•             LEFT ARROW – Collapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select the parent folder

•             ALT+LEFT ARROW – View the previous folder

•             RIGHT ARROW – Display the current selection (if it is collapsed), or select the first subfolder

•             ALT+RIGHT ARROW – View the next folder

•             CTRL+N – Open a new window

•             END – Display the bottom of the active window

•             HOME – Display the top of the active window

•             F11 – Maximize or minimize the active window

•             ALT+D – Select the Address bar

Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts

  • ALT+C – Display the Table of Contents
  • ALT+N – Display Connection Settings menu
  • F10 – Displays Options menu
  • ALT+A – Display the customer support page
  • ALT+HOME – Display the Help and Support home page
  • HOME – Move to the beginning of a topic
  • END – Move to the end of a topic
  • ALT+LEFT ARROW – Move back to the previously viewed topic
  • ALT+RIGHT ARROW – Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic
  • CTRL+F – Search for anything on the current topic
  • CTRL+P – Print a topic
  • F3- Move to the Search box

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February 4th, 2011 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Keyboard Tips

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Laptop Users Most Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts – Common Keyboard Shortcuts For Laptop Users

When you are using a laptop, and you don’t have a USB mouse hooked up, one thing that you should consider is using keyboard shortcuts to get things done a little more quickly.  Often times it can cut the time in half that it takes to do something on your laptop without a mouse.  Below is list of the most commonly used shortcuts that we suggest everyone get to know and use:

(To use any of these combination’s you have to remember to hold the Ctrl, Alt, or Shift key down and strike the letter key)

Ctrl + C Copies the Selection to the clipboard Ctrl + V Paste – Inserts the content of the clipboard
Ctrl + X Cut – Removes the selection from the active document and places it on the clipboard Ctrl + N Opens a new Word document
Ctrl + S or F12 Saves the active document Ctrl + F Find – to search for specific text in an active document
Ctrl + P Prints the active document Ctrl + O To open a previously saved document
Ctrl + A Selects all text and graphics in the active window Ctrl + W Closes the active window but does not exit word
Ctrl + B Bold – formats the selected text to bold or to remove bold Ctrl + Z Undo the last action, can be repeated several times
Ctrl + I Italic – formats the selected text to italic or to remove italic Ctrl + U Underline – formats the selected text to underline or to remove underline
Ctrl + Y Redo – after an action has been undone it can be reinstated to the document Alt + F4 Exit – closes Microsoft Word
Alt + Tab Quickly switch between open programs F1 Opens Word Help
Ctrl + left arrow/right arrow Moves the cursor one word at a time Ctrl + Home/End Moves the cursor to the beginning or the end of a document
For Highlighting Text:
Shift + left arrow/right arrow Highlights one character to the left or right Ctrl + Shift + left arrow/right arrow Highlights an entire work from the beginning or the end

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October 1st, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Accessories, Computer Tips and Help, Keyboard Tips

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Ergonomic Keyboards – The Benefits Of Using An Ergonomic Keyboard

If you’ve ever experienced pain in your hands, wrists or forearms that seems to be associated with current or past keyboard use, one thing you should consider investing in is an ergonomic keyboard.  Ergonomic keyboards have been around for quite a while and they are specially contoured and designed to reduce the amount of stress that is put on your wrists and hands while typing, and although they can be a bit more expensive, an ergonomic keyboard can be a worthwhile investment.  If you are a regular computer user and especially if you do a lot of typing, you can save yourself from the major discomforts that are caused by using a traditional keyboard.  Regular use of a traditional keyboard tends to cause poor posture of the wrists, hands, shoulders and neck, all of which can and most often will lead carpal tunnel syndrome or other “repetitive motion injuries”.  Using an ergonomic keyboard can provide its user with a healthier, and therefore, more constructive, efficient, and productive style of typing.

Ergonomic keyboards can basically be classified in to two different styles, adjustable or set.  With the adjustable model, even though it’s more expensive, you have the ability to adjust and set the angle of the keys to your own personal preference.  The set or fixed models aren’t as expensive as the adjustable but work in a similar fashion where the board seems to be split in half but in a fixed position where the keys are at an angle to match the shape of your wrists.  The set models tend to be more popular due to choice but if you are a daily computer user, an adjustable model will pay for itself in no time.

The advantage of using an ergonomic keyboard is that it provides the user a proper, relaxed, and more comfortable position for the hands, wrists, neck and shoulders.  Also, by allowing all of the fingers the ability to flex and extend, you greatly decrease your risk of suffering from a “repetitive motion injury”.

Having been a long time sufferer of carpal tunnel and going through the surgery to correct it, I have to say that purchasing an ergonomic keyboard is a great investment and it will save you in the long run.

Here at Geek ABC we strive to provide you with the best information we can to help make these types of decisions easier.  If you do decide that you want to purchase an ergonomic keyboard, Geek ABC’s experienced technicians are here to help you from beginning to end, just give us a call at 1877-GEEK-ABC  (1877-433-5222) to set up an appointment and we will be there every step of the way, from helping you decide which style of keyboard best suits your needs to installing and the set up of your new keyboard.

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Ergonomic Keyboards are only the beginning to what you can use to ease the stress of and reduce the chance of injury from working on computers these days.  There are different Mouse options as well and I hope to touch on that subject in a blog in the near future.


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