Basic Keyboard Shortcuts aka Hot
ALT + F4 = To close a program
or a window.
CTRL + z = Undo mistakes.
CTRL + s =To Save
CTRL + c =To Copy
CTRL + v =To Paste
F1=Help in most programs
Windows Keyboard Shortcuts aka
*Win + r = Run dialog
Win + m = Minimize All
Shift-Win + m = Undo Minimize All
Win + F1 = Windows Help
Win + e = Explorer
Win + f = Find Files or Folders
CTRL + Win+f = Find Computer
Win + Tab = Cycle through
Win + Break = System properties
Ctrl +Esc = Start menu
Win key = Start menu
Win key has the Microsoft window on it on your keyboard!
Keyboard Word Processing Spreadsheet
Shortcuts aka Hot keys
CTRL + L or R ARROW key =
Moves the cursor to end of the word.
CTRL + Up or Down ARROW key = Moves the cursor to
the beginning or end of the paragraph.
SHIFT + ARROW Key = Highlights
text in any direction.
HOME key = Go to the beginning of a line you are
on in word processing and spreadsheets.
END key = Go to the end of
the line you are on in word processing and spreadsheets.
CTRL + HOME key = Go to the
beginning of a page
CTRL + END key = Go to the
end of a page (Note when trying to go to the end of a page
you may go beyond where the actual contents are because
there can be spaces below the contents you can see. Because
of this it is very important when printing a spreadsheet,
for instance, you highlight the contents and print the highlighted
area only. You can accidentally print an entire ream of
blank paper when printing spreadsheets.)
CTRL + p key = To print a
CTRL + s key = To save a document
SHIFT + TAB key = To undo
Copy and Paste
To copy a line (or lines) of text:
First you need to highlight it. There are many ways, one
way is to place your I beam at the beginning of the line
you wish to copy and click to select your insertion point
(blinking cursor). Next hold down the SHIFT key and press
the RIGHT ARROW key. This will highlight the desired text.
(Or hold the SHIFT key down and press the END key. This
will highlight the entire line.) Release the SHIFT key and
press the CTRL + c key. This copies the text (It is now
stored on the clipboard and can be pasted anywhere in this
or another document.)
To Paste it:
Place your I beam and click your mouse once to select an
insertion point (blinking cursor), in your document, where
you wish to your copied text to go (do this with your arrow
keys or click there with your mouse) and press CTRL + v.
Another method is, after choosing where you want your text
to go you can use Shift + the insert key.
Copy and Paste from your Drop
To Copy: Highlight the text
you wish to copy then Edit Copy.
To Paste: Choose Edit paste.
To bold, italic, underline, a highlighted
word or line of text:
CTRL + b Bold
CTRL + i Italic
CTRL + u Underline
If you change your mind you can again depress CTRL + a character
and restore your text to it's previous state.
To copy what you see on the screen:
Press the PRINT SCRN Key
on your keyboard to create a 'Screen Dump' (This copies
it to the clip board). Then open Paint or word, excel, powerpoint
and paste it. You may make changes or erase parts once it
is in Paint.
To copy just the active window:
ALT + PRINT SCRN the same
method of pasting to the Paint or word, excel, or powerpoint
programs can be used after this command.
To switch from one open application
to another open application:
To move from one application to another using only the keyboard
use Alt+Tab. Hold down the Alt key, now, instead of seeing
one application’s icon at a time, you see all that
are open, the one that is current has an outline around
it. You can move from one program to another by continuing
to hold down the Alt key and tab from one icon to another
when you have chosen an application release the Alt key.
: on your mouse in
any program or on the desktop brings up a menu that is specific
for the program you are running.
Don't forget to back up your important
It's not necessary to back up the programs aka applications
that you already have on disk or CD. It is imperative to
backup your personal files. More than one copy on different
disks if they are very important.
To back up small files (files that are
=< than 1.44 meg):
- Put a floppy disk in drive A (the 3.5' floppy disk drive
) then open it in the program you created it in then save
as to place a spare copy on a floppy disk.
- In My computer you can drag your file from the place
it resides on your hard drive to your floppy disk this
action will make a copy to the disk you drag it to without
damaging the original copy.
Place your backup files in a safe
place: A safe deposit box for very important files is recommended.
The advantage of these drives is they can be reformatted
and reused and they have their own drive letter.
Winzip A very handy
file compression program to help a large file fit on one
Drive C: Is your hard drive
where your programs and personal files are stored. If you
have a large hard drive that has been partitioned you may
have other dive letters E or F for instance or you may have
a zip drive that would have it's own drive letter. Assigning
drive letters is what your Windows Operating System does
Drive D: Is your CD-ROM in
this drive you can play your music CDs or add new programs
to your computer. (This can be different if you have multiply
dives or a zip drive.)
Happy Computing: ;>)