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Windows XP in a Nutshell, Second Edition by Troy Mott, Tim O'Reilly, David A. Karp

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Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Function

Table C-8 lists keys that operate in most contexts—i.e., on the Desktop, in the Explorer, and within most applications and dialogs. Functions are listed alphabetically, except where a logical order might make more sense.

Note also that there are essentially a limitless combinations of keystrokes that can be used to activate any particular feature in a given application, all of which can be formed by combining the various keystrokes listed in this appendix. For example, you can press Alt-F to open an application’s File menu, then press P to Print, then press Enter to begin printing. Or, press Ctrl-Esc to open the Start menu, Alt-Enter to open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties, Ctrl-Tab to open the Taskbar tab (if necessary), and Alt-L to lock (or unlock) the Taskbar

Table C-8. Keyboard accelerators listed by function

Key(s)

Action

Shift (while inserting CD)

AutoPlay, disable temporarily

Spacebar

Checkbox, toggle on or off

Ctrl-C

Clipboard, copy

Alt-PrintScreen

Clipboard, copy current window as a bitmap

PrintScreen

Clipboard, copy entire screen as a bitmap

Ctrl-X

Clipboard, cut

Ctrl-V

Clipboard, paste

Ctrl-F4

Close current document

Alt-F4

Close current window

Esc

Close dialog box, message window, or menu

Spacebar

Command button, click

Shift-F10, or context menu key on some keyboards

Context menu, open

Tab (hold Shift to go in reverse)

Controls, cycle focus on a dialog box

Ctrl-C

Copy selected item or selected text ...

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