What is a Shortcut Key?
In many cases it’s exactly what its name implies: Pressing one or more keyboard keys to perform the same function that would ordinarily require pressing many keystrokes.
You’re writing the next Great American Novel and an often referenced character is John J. Jingleheimer. To include Mr. Jingleheimer in your text you could re-type his name (a 20 character string of letters) each time Mr. Jingleheimer made an appearance, OR, you could simply assign the 20 characters to a key, or combination of keys, say ‘CTRL+J’.
Now, each appearance of John would require you only to type CTRL+J, saving 18 keystrokes each time he appears in you story.
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|Keypress or Sequence||Does This . . .|
|Widows Key + R||Opens the Run menu|
|Widows Key + E||Opens File Explorer|
|Alt + Tab||Switch between open programs|
|Widows Key + Up Arrow||Maximize Window|
|Widows Key + Down Arrow||Minimize Window|
|Ctrl + Shift + Esc||Opens Task Manager|
|Widows Key + Break||Opens System Properties|
|Widows Key + F||Opens search for files and folders|
|Widows Key + D||Hide / Display Windows Desktop|
|Alt + Esc||Switch between programs in the order in which they were opened|
|Alt + Letter||Select Menu Item by underlined letter|
|Ctrl + Right Arrow||Advance Cursor by one word|
|Ctrl + Left Arrow||Move Cursor Back one word|
|Ctrl + Up Arrow||Move Cursor Forward by one paragraph|
|Ctrl + Down Arrow||Move Cursor Back one paragraph|
|F1||Open HELP Menu for active application|
|Widows Key + M||Minimize all Windows|
|Shift + Windows Key + M||Restore Windows that were minimized by above|
|Windows Key + F1||Opens Windows Help and Support|
|Widows Key + Tab||Open Task View|
|Widows Key + Break||Open System Properties Dialog Box|
|Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock||Turn Mouse keys on/off|
|Hold Num Lock for five seconds||Switch Toggle keys on and off|
|Press Shift Key Quickly Five Times||Switch Sticky Keys on / off|