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Basic Keyboard Shortcuts aka Hot Keys

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 Hot Keys
*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 taskbar buttons
Win + Break = System properties
Ctrl +Esc = Start menu
Win key = Start menu
*Note: The Win key has the Microsoft window on it on your keyboard! Windows

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 document
CTRL + s key = To save a document
SHIFT + TAB key = To undo a Tab

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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 Down Menus:
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.

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Right Clicking : 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 personal data!

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 floppy disk.

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 for you.

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: ;>)


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