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Explanation of the Keys on a Windows QWERTY Keyboard (Cont)
Windows Key On either side of the spacebar, outside the Alt key, is a key with the Windows logo. Holding the Windows key down and pressing another key will initiate quite a few actions. Some of the more common are listed in the table below:
Windows key Displays Start Menu
Windows key + D Minimizes all windows and shows the Desktop.
Windows key + D Opens all windows and takes you right back to where you were.
Windows Key + E Opens a new Explorer Window. Probably one of the hottest Windows keyboard shortcuts. This one gets a lot of hoorahs!
Windows key + F Displays the Find all files dialog box.
Windows key + L Lock your Windows XP computer. Logoff in Windows Pre-XP.
Windows Key + M Minimizes all open windows.
Windows key + Shift + M Restores all previously open windows to how they were before you Minimized them.
Windows key + Shift + R Displays the Run command.
Windows key + F1 Displays the Windows Help menu.
Windows key + Pause/Break Displays the Systems Properties dialog box.
Windows key + Tab Cycle through the buttons on the Task Bar.
Alt Located on either side of the space bar. Holding the Alt key down and pressing another key will initiate various actions. Some of the more common ones are listed below:
Alt + F4 Closes the current active window. If there is no active window this opens the Shut Down dialog box.
Alt + underlined letter in menu To carry out the corresponding command on the menu.
Alt + left/right arrows In a browser moves forward or back through the pages visited in a window.
Alt + Space Bar Displays the current window's system menu. This is the same as left clicking on the application icon at the top left of the window.
Alt + Space Bar Displays the main window's system menu. This is the same as clicking on the application icon at the left end of the title bar.
Alt + Enter Displays a selected items properties. This can also be done with Alt + double-click.
Alt + PrtScn Captures the top window of the active application.
Alt + Space Bar + C After the system menu is displayed (see above), this combination will close a window. This works the same way as Alt + F4 but requires less stretch.
Alt + - (hyphen) Displays the current window's system menu. This is the same as left clicking on the application icon at the top left of the window.
Alt + Tab Displays a list of open application windows. Keeping Alt depressed and selecting Tab cycles through the list. Releasing selects the highlighted application window.
Alt Ctrl The Application key has an image of a mouse pointer on a menu (between the Alt and Ctrl keys to the right of your Space Bar). Depressing this key will display the selected item's shortcut window. This is the menu that is displayed by right-clicking.
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