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How you keep your hands on the keyboard

Posted August 2002 by Steve Sinchak

Speed up your use of the computer by learning a few shortcut keys.

Press WINKEY and watch start menu open. Press any character and focus will be set on the first application beginning with the letter. Press the character once more to select the next item that meets the criteria. Press ENTER to run the application.

  • If you press “I” the Internet Explorer will open instantly.

This will clear your desktop in an instant by minimizing all active applications.

This will also clear your desktop, however if you press WINKEY + D once more the applications will reappear.

This will lock the computer; you will still have to unlock it by pressing CTRL+ALT DELETE.

This will open the search assistant.

This will open the RUN command prompt.

Sets focus on the task bar, you can navigate by using the arrow keys; press ENTER to open one of the applications. You can’t really see which icon is selected, but just wait a moment and the application info text will appear. If you press TAB the focus will be set on the desktop.

Move between active applications.

The following shortcuts will work in almost any office application environment; I am especially pleased to use them when I browse the web.

This will open the location field. In Internet Explorer you can use this to type in a web address.

This will open a new application window, either an empty window or a clone.
In Internet Explorer the new window will show the same URL. So it is useful if you want to maintain the old browser window, and not having to leave the keyboard to open another browser window.

Use this short cut to move between tab panes, use CTRL + SHIFT + TAB to move in reverse order.

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