November 5, 2009

Windows Shortcut Keys

Here is a quick reference to shortcut keys that are used throughout Windows 7. Many application programs use the same shortcut keys. That’s why I’ve titled this appendix Universal Shortcut Keys. Of course, any program can have additional shortcuts to its own unique features. Those are visible in drop-down menus, as in the example shown in the Home group on the Microsoft Word 2007. The key+key combination to the right of each menu command is the shortcut key for using that command from the keyboard without the menu.

Many programs show shortcut keys in the tooltip that appears when you point to a button or icon. I’m pointing to the B (Boldface) button in Microsoft Excel 2007. Below the mouse pointer, you can see that Ctrl+Bisthe shortcut key for boldfacing text.

Virtually every program also comes with its own help. Typically, you get to that by pressing Help (F1) while the program is in the active window. Or choose Help from that program’s menu bar. Use the Help feature of that program to search for the term shortcut or shortcut keys to see whether you can ?nd a summary of that program’s shortcut keys.

Of course, Windows 7 has its own Help, too, which you can learn about in Chapter 5 of this book. For help with shortcut keys, click the Start button and choose Help and Support. Type shortcuts keys as your search text and press Enter. The search results will include shortcut keys for Windows 7 and many programs that are built into 7.

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