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Windows XP Pocket Reference by David A. Karp

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Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Function

The following keys operate in most contexts—i.e., on the Desktop, in Explorer, and within most applications and dialogs.

Action

Key(s)

AutoPlay, disable temporarily

Shift (while inserting CD)

Checkbox, toggle on or off

Spacebar

Clipboard, copy

Ctrl-C

Clipboard, copy current window as a bitmap

Alt-PrintScreen

Clipboard, copy entire screen as a bitmap

PrintScreen

Clipboard, cut

Ctrl-X

Clipboard, paste

Ctrl-V

Close current document

Ctrl-F4

Close current window

Alt-F4

Close dialog box, message window, or menu

Esc

Command button, click

Spacebar

Context menu, open

Shift-F10, or context menu key on some keyboards

Controls, cycle focus on a dialog box

Tab (hold Shift to go in reverse)

Copy selected item or selected text to the clipboard

Ctrl-C

Cut selected item or selected text to the clipboard

Ctrl-X

Date and Time Properties, open

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-B, Spacebar

Delete a file without putting it in the Recycle Bin

Shift-Del or Shift-drag item to Recycle Bin

Delete selected item

Del

Desktop, activate

Ctrl-Esc (or

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), then Esc, Tab, Tab, Tab

Desktop, activate by minimizing all windows

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-D, or click empty portion of Taskbar and press ...

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