WINDOWS 7 SHORTCUTS
Typing & editing the text using Keyboard
In addition to letters, numerals, punctuation marks, and symbols, the typing keys also include Shift, Caps Lock, Tab, Enter, the Spacebar, and Backspace keys.
|Key name||How to use it|
|Shift||Press Shift in combination with a letter to type an uppercase letter. Press Shift in combination with another key to type the symbol shown on the upper part of that key.|
|Caps Lock||Press Caps Lock once to type all letters as uppercase. Press Caps Lock again to turn this function off. Your keyboard might have a light indicating whether Caps Lock is on.|
|Tab||Press Tab to move the cursor several spaces forward. You can also press Tab to move to the next text box on a form.|
|Key name||How to use it|
|Enter||Press Enter to move the cursor to the beginning of the next line. In a dialog box, press Enter to select the highlighted button.|
|Spacebar||Press the Spacebar to move the cursor one space forward.|
|Backspace||Press Backspace to delete the character before the cursor, or the selected text.|
Find program shortcuts
You can do things in most programs by using the keyboard. To see which commands have keyboard shortcuts, open a menu. The shortcuts (if available) are shown next to the menu items.
Some other useful shortcuts
|Press this||To do this|
|Windows logo key||Open the Start menu|
|Alt+Tab||Switch between open programs or windows|
|Alt+F4||Close the active item, or exit the active program|
|Ctrl+S||Save the current file or document (works in most programs)|
|Ctrl+C||Copy the selected item|
|Ctrl+X||Cut the selected item|
|Ctrl+V||Paste the selected item|
|Ctrl+Z||Undo an action|
|Ctrl+A||Select all items in a document or window|
|Esc||Cancel the current task|
|Application key (near to right Ctrl key)||Open a menu of commands related to a selection in a program. Equivalent to right-clicking the selection|
|F1||Display Help for a program or Windows|
|Windows key +F1||Display Windows Help and Support|
Using navigation keys
|Press this||To do this|
|Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Up Arrow, or Down Arrow||Move the cursor or selection one space or line in the direction of the arrow, or scroll a webpage in the direction of the arrow|
|Home||Move the cursor to the beginning of a line or move to the top of a webpage|
|End||Move the cursor to the end of a line or move to the bottom of a webpage|
|Ctrl+Home||Move to the top of a document|
|Ctrl+End||Move to the bottom of a document|
|Page Up||Move the cursor or page up one screen|
|Page Down||Move the cursor or page down one screen|
|Delete||Delete the character after the cursor, or the selected text; in Windows, delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin|
|Insert||Turn Insert mode off or on. When Insert mode is on, text that you type is inserted at the cursor. When Insert mode is off, text that you type replaces existing characters.|
Shortcuts for the Advanced User
Window Management Shortcuts
In addition, you can interact with the taskbar using your mouse and a modifier key:
More Useful Hotkeys You Should Know
How to create keyboard shortcut to open a program:
1. Locate the shortcut to the program for which you want to create a keyboard shortcut.
2. Right-click the shortcut and then click Properties.
3. In the Shortcut Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab.
4. Click in the Shortcut key box, press the key on your keyboard that you want to use in combination with Ctrl+Alt (keyboard shortcuts automatically start with Ctrl+Alt), and then click OK. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
The word none appears in the Shortcut key box until you press a key; then it's replaced with Ctrl+Alt+the key that you pressed.
The new shortcut might not work for programs that have their own keyboard shortcuts.
You cannot use the Esc, Enter, Tab, Spacebar, PrtScn, Shift, or Backspace keys to create a keyboard shortcut.
You can also create keyboard shortcuts to open files and folders.
Make the keyboard easier to use
You can use your keyboard to control the mouse and make it easier to type certain key combinations. Windows 7 make it much easier to control every bit of your computer, you can also adjust these settings to make the keyboard easier to use, follow the steps to do so:
1. Go to Control Panel and open Ease of Access Center.
2. Select the options that you want to use:
Turn on Mouse Keys: This option sets Mouse Keys to run when you log on to Windows. Instead of using the mouse, you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard or the numeric keypad to move the pointer.
Turn on Sticky Keys: This option sets Sticky Keys to run when you log on to Windows. Instead of having to press three keys at once (such as when you must press the Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys together to log on to Windows), you can use one key by turning on Sticky Keys and adjusting the settings. This way, you can press a modifier key and have it remain active until another key is pressed. Turn on Toggle Keys: This option sets Toggle Keys to run when you log on to Windows. Toggle Keys can play an alert each time you press the Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock keys. These alerts can help prevent the frustration of inadvertently pressing a key and not realizing it.
Turn on Filter Keys: This option sets Filter Keys to run when you log on to Windows. You can set Windows to ignore keystrokes that occur in rapid succession, or keystrokes that are held down for several seconds unintentionally.
Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys: This option makes keyboard access in dialog boxes easier by highlighting access keys for the controls in them.
Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen: This option prevents windows from automatically resizing and docking along the sides of your screen when
you move them there.
Windows 7 definitely makes it a lot easier to interact with your PC from your keyboard—so what are your favorite shortcuts, and how do they save you time? Share your experience in the comments.