Presented by Ed Black
May 18, 2005

Turning underlined keyboard controls on/off
(Added May 26, 2005)

Display>Properties>Appearance>Effects   - there is a check box to "Hide underlined letter for keyboard ...until I press the alt key"

Stop Mousing Around in Windows

Basic Keys

Alt F4
F6 or tab
Alt Tab
Alt Esc
Alt PrScrn
Ctrl Tab
Close current choice or box
Find (file or folder)
Close program
Shift panel focus
Show open programs  
Alternate open programs
Copy window to clipboardCycle through tabs
Ctrl Esc
F10 or Alt
Shift F10
Alt space
Alt Enter
Shift DEL
START menu
Rename selected file
Drops down toolbar box
Refresh active window
Focus on menu bar
Right mouse button
miNimize or maX window
Display properties
Delete file (for good)

Arrow keys:    move right move left move up move down
Right and left arrows also open or close file folder lists.
Enter (or Return) key. Line feeds or Executes command in a selected box.
Ctrl+Alt+Del To check on a stalled program, end a program or close down computer.

Text Editing

These shortcuts apply to almost all Windows programs. (NB: ^ means Control key)

Control A    Select all text (for copying, deletion, etc.)
Control X    Delete selected text (restore with ^V)
Control C    Copy selected text
Control V    Insert (or restore) copied text or text just deleted with ^X   
Control Y    Repeat last action
Control Z    Undo last action. (i.e. back up one step at a time.)
Control + arrow key    Advance (or back up) word by word
End        Go to End of line         Control + End     Go to end of document
Home    Go to start of line         Control + Home     Go to start of document
Shift + End, Shift + Home, or Shift + an arrow key
    selects words, lines, or paragraphs for moving, deleting, or special formatting.


Windows-E         open Windows Explorer
Windows-F         open Find
Windows-M        minimize all open windows
Windows-R        open the Run window
Windows-F1       open Help
Windows-Tab     cycle through the Taskbar buttons
Windows-Break  open the System Properties dialog box

Note: Some keyboards have a Windows key, and some don't. If yours
doesn't, you can create one using the Keyboard Remap Kernel Toy.
Available from

Keyboard shortcuts for international characters

(What follows is the help file from MS Word. There are many other ways of getting accented characters. For a few accents, the most common way is to get the accent is to go to the word processor's INSERT menu, then click on SYMBOLS. )

For keyboard shortcuts in which you press two or more keys simultaneously, the keys to press are separated by a plus sign (+) in Microsoft Word Help. For those in which you press one key immediately followed by another key, the keys to press are separated by a comma.

CTRL+` (ACCENT GRAVE), the letter
, , , , ,        , , , ,
CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), the letter
, , , , ,         , , , , ,
CTRL+SHIFT+^ (CARET), the letter
, , , ,         , , , ,
CTRL+SHIFT+~ (TILDE), the letter
, ,             , ,
CTRL+SHIFT+: (COLON), the letter
, , , , , ,        , , , , , Ÿ

CTRL+SHIFT+@, a or A         produces     ,
CTRL+SHIFT+&, a or A              produces     ,
CTRL+SHIFT+&, o or O         produces     œ, Œ
CTRL+, (COMMA), c or C         produces     ,
CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), d or D     produces    ,
CTRL+/, o or O                  produces     ,
ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+?              produces    
ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+!              produces    

The character code, ALT+X
For this you need the specified Unicode (hexadecimal) character code. To insert the euro currency symbol € type 20AC, and then hold down the ALT key and press X.
ALT+the character code (on the numeric keypad)
The ANSI character for the specified ANSI (decimal) character code. For example, to insert the euro currency symbol, hold down the ALT key and press 0128 on the numeric keypad.

Finding & Listing Shortcut Keys in MS Word

Hit F1. Type the word "print" and click on Search. That brings up a list of print-related topics, one of which is "Print a list of shortcut keys". Click on it.

    When it comes up, put your cursor inside the column and click on Control + A. This selects (or highlights) the whole document. Control + C will copy it into the RAM (or temporary memory). Call up your preferred word processor. Open a file and click Control + V. This copies it all out of the RAM into your file. SAVE it.

To print a list of shortcut keys
1.    On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Macros.
2.    In the Macros in box, click Word commands.
3.    In the Macro name box, click ListCommands.
4.    Click Run.
5.    In the List Commands dialog box, click Current menu and keyboard settings.
6.    On the File menu, click Print.
Note Any changes you made to shortcut key assignments are included in the printed list of shortcut keys. Shortcut keys you assigned to macros are not included.

Function key

Press To


Get online Help or the Office Assistant
F2 Move text or graphics
F3 Insert an AutoText entry (after Word displays the entry)
F4 Repeat the last action
F5 Choose the Go To command (Edit menu)
F6 Go to next pane or frame
F7 Choose the Spelling command (Tools menu)
F8 Extend a selection
F9 Update selected fields
F10 Activate the menu bar
F11 Go to the next field
F12 Choose the Save As command (File menu)

CTRL+Function key

Press To
CTRL+F2 Choose the Print Preview command (File menu)
CTRL+F3 Cut to the Spike
CTRL+F4 Close the window
CTRL+F5 Restore the document window size
CTRL+F6 Go to the next window
CTRL+F7 Choose the Move command (Control menu)
CTRL+F8 Choose the Size command (document Control menu)
CTRL+F9 Insert an empty field
CTRL+F10 Maximize the document window
CTRL+F11 Lock a field
CTRL+F12 Choose the Open command (File menu)

SHIFT+Function key

Press To
SHIFT+F1 Context Help or reveal formatting
SHIFT+F2 Copy text
SHIFT+F3 Change the case of letters
SHIFT+F4 Repeat a Find or Go To action
SHIFT+F5 Move to a previous revision
SHIFT+F6 Go to the previous pane or frame
SHIFT+F7 Thesaurus (Tools menu, Language)
SHIFT+F8 Shrink a selection
SHIFT+F9 Switch between a field code and its result
SHIFT+F10 Display a shortcut menu
SHIFT+F11 Go to the previous field
SHIFT+F12 Choose the Save command (File menu)

ALT+Function key

Press To
ALT+F1 Go to the next field
ALT+F3 Create an AutoText entry
ALT+F4 Quit Word
ALT+F5 Restore the program window size
ALT+F7 Find the next misspelling or grammatical error. The Check spelling as you type box must be selected
ALT+F8 Run a macro
ALT+F9 Switch between field codes and results
ALT+F10 Maximize the program window
ALT+F11 Display Microsoft Visual Basic code

CTRL+SHIFT+Function key

Press To
CTRL+SHIFT+F3 Insert the contents of the Spike
CTRL+SHIFT+F5 Edit a bookmark
CTRL+SHIFT+F6 Go to the previous window
CTRL+SHIFT+F7 Update linked information in a Word source document
CTRL+SHIFT+F8 Extend a selection or block (then press an arrow key)
CTRL+SHIFT+F9 Unlink a field
CTRL+SHIFT+F10 Activate the ruler
CTRL+SHIFT+F11 Unlock a field
CTRL+SHIFT+F12 Choose  Print command (File menu)

ALT+SHIFT+Function key

Press To
ALT+SHIFT+F1 Go to the previous field
ALT+SHIFT+F2 Choose the Save command
(File menu)
ALT+SHIFT+F9 Run GOTOBUTTON or MACROBUTTON from the field that displays the field results
ALT+SHIFT+F11 Display Microsoft Visual Studio code

 Make Caps Lock And Num Lock Keys Play A Sound

Have you ever pressed the Caps Lock key by mistake while typing? Before you know it, you've got an entire line of all-cap text, and you have to go back and retype it all (a lot faster than trying to reformat it). To prevent this frequent mistake, turn on ToggleKeys, one of Windows' Accessibility Options.

Assuming Accessibility Options are installed on your system, open the Control Panel and double-click Accessibility Options. On the Keyboard tab, select Use ToggleKeys, then click OK.
From now on, you'll hear a beep every time you turn Caps Lock (or Num Lock) on or off.

(Note: To install the Accessibility Options, open the Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs, and select the Windows Setup tab. Under Components, select Accessibility Options, click OK, and insert the installation disk when asked.)