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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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September 17th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Free Computer Repair Services, Home Computer Repair Services, In-Home Computer Repair, Windows Tips and Tricks

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Low Virtual Memory Error Message-

What is Virtual Memory?

The process of increasing the apparent size of a computer’s RAM (Random Access Memory) by using a section of the hard drive space as an extension of RAM and treating it like real memory, thus virtual memory.  Basically, when the entire RAM on your computer is in use, Windows will attempt to create virtual memory by using hard drive space to create more memory and treat it as such.

Even though your software can’t make the distinction between virtual and real memory, there is a good chance that you will notice your programs and software are running considerably slower because of the hard drive activity that it requires.

Here are initial steps you can take to increase the size of your virtual memory:

Windows 7

1.       Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

2.       In the left pane, click Advanced system settings.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3.       On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

4.       Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

5.       Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

6.       Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

7.       Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.

Windows Vista

1.       Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.

2.       In the left pane, click Advanced system settings.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

3.       On the Advanced tab, under Performance, click Settings.

4.       Click the Advanced tab, and then, under Virtual memory, click Change.

5.       Clear the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives check box.

6.       Under Drive [Volume Label], click the drive that contains the paging file you want to change.

7.       Click Custom size, type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size (MB) or Maximum size (MB) box, click Set, and then click OK.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Performance pane, click Settings.
  4. In the Performance Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change.
  6. Change the Initial size value and the Maximum size value to a higher value, click Set, and then click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.

Windows 2000

  1. Right-click My Computer and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click Advanced
  3. Click Performance Options.
  4. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change to increase the paging file.Windows 2000 requires an Initial value of 126 MB for debugging.
  5. After you change the setting, click Set, and then click OK.
  6. In the System Control Panel Applet dialog box, click OK to the following message:

The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect.

  1. Click OK to close the Performance Options dialog box, and then click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.
  2. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.

If you don’t feel like any of these steps have aided in improving your virtual memory issues and if you continue to see signs of low virtual memory, or if Windows warns you about a low virtual memory problem, you should look in to adding more RAM.  The first step is to check with the information that came with your computer to determine which type of RAM is compatible with your computer and here at Geek ABC we offer in-home computer repair for Home and Business computer customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. We serve customers and clients in Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington, DC in areas such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Washington DC.


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September 16th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, Windows Tips and Tricks

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Most Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows-

Most people use the right click button on their mouse to perform various functions, but did you know there are keyboard shortcuts for Windows that you can use instead?  This can often cut the time it takes to do something in half.  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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