1,001 Windows 95 Tips: Operating System Shortcuts


General

Get specific help on selected item                                    [F1]
Quit a program                                                   [ALT][F4]
Close a window                                                  [CTRL][F4]
View the Shortcut menu for selected item                      [SHIFT][F10]
Display Start menu                                             [CTRL][ESC]
Switch to last window used                                      [ALT][TAB]
Cycle through open applications    [ALT][TAB], [ALT][TAB], [ALT][TAB]. . .
Bypass CD or CD-ROM autoplay              [SHIFT] while inserting the disc
Select first item on menu bar                                        [F10]
Move through menu headings                      [LEFT ARROW],[RIGHT ARROW]
Open a menu                                                   [DOWN ARROW]
Move through menus                                 [UP ARROW],[DOWN ARROW]
Move to menu where X is underlined                                 [ALT]X
Close current menu selection                                         [ESC]
Cancel current selection on menu bar                        [ALT] or [F10]
Open application's Control menu                            [ALT][SPACEBAR]
Open document's Control menu                                      [ALT][-]
Close current document window                                   [CTRL][F4]
Switch to the next document window                              [CTRL][F6]
Toggle maximized and windowed displays     [MOUSE R][MOUSE R] on title bar
Copy a file                                   [MOUSE R] drag the file, [C]
Create a shortcut                              [CTRL][SHIFT] drag the file
Create a shortcut                              [MOUSE R] drag an item, [S]
Delete an item                                         Drag to Recycle Bin
Delete an item to Recycle Bin                                        [DEL]
Undo delete                                      [MOUSE R] on desktop, [U]
Delete an item with no undelete                               [SHIFT][DEL]
Delete an item with no undelete                      [SHIFT][MOUSE R], [D]
Delete an item with no undelete            [SHIFT]drag item to Recycle Bin
Select first menu on menu bar                                        [ALT]
Add Toolbar to any Windows applet or folder                  [ALT][V], [T]
Move forward through dialog box options                              [TAB]
Move backward through dialog box options                      [SHIFT][TAB]
Move between tabs                                              [CTRL][TAB]
Move to an option with the letter X underlined                     [ALT]X
Open a list box                                          [ALT][DOWN ARROW]
Go to the top of a list box                                         [HOME]
Go to the bottom of a list box                                       [END]
Move to item in list box starting with X                                X
Select or deselect items in a check box or list box             [SPACEBAR]
Select or deselect one item at a time in a list box      [SHIFT][UP ARROW]
Select or deselect one item at a time in a list box    [SHIFT][DOWN ARROW]
Make noncontiguous selections from list box  [CTRL][LEFT ARROW], [MOUSE L]
Open Look In list (Open dialog)                                       [F4]
Open Save In list (Save as dialog)                                    [F4]
Open folder a level up from current folder                     [BACKSPACE]
Create a new folder                                    [MOUSE R], [W], [F]
Jump to a desktop item                             Type initial characters
Rename an item                                                        [F2]
Find a file or folder                                                 [F3]
Cut selected item                                                [CTRL][X]
Copy selected item                                               [CTRL][C]
Paste copied or cut item                                         [CTRL][V]
View an item's Properties                                     [ALT][ENTER]
View an item's Properties                          [ALT][MOUSE R][MOUSE R]
Create a shortcut                              [MOUSE R]drag the file, [S]
Close parent folders                     [SHIFT] click on the Close button
Correct displayed time                  [MOUSE R] on [ALT][T], [UP ARROW],
                                 [DOWN ARROW][A],[TAB] to adjust, [ALT][A]
Line up icons                                               [MOUSE R], [E]
Turn on (or turn off) icons' autoarrange               [MOUSE R], [I], [A]
Minimize all windows                             [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [M]
Cascade all windows                              [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [C]
Tile all windows horizontally                    [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [H]
Tile all windows vertically                      [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [V]
Undo last Desktop command                                   [MOUSE R], [U]
Change the Desktop's properties                  [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R]
Change background pattern                       [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R],
                                                   select option, [ALT][A]
Change wallpaper                      [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [ALT][W],
                                                   select option, [ALT][A]
Tile wallpaper                 [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [ALT]T, [ALT][A]
Center wallpaper              [MOUSE R]  on desktop, [R], [ALT]C, [ALT][A]
Change screen saver       [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][S]
Password-protect screen saver                        [MOUSE R] on desktop,
                                                [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][P]
Change password           [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][C]
Change screen saver setup [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][T]
Preview screen saver      [MOUSE R] on desktop, [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][V]
Change screen saver wait time                         [MOUSE R]on desktop,
                                                [R], [CTRL][TAB], [ALT][W]
 



Taskbar

Hide Taskbar                                           [MOUSE R], [R], [U]
Restore hidden Taskbar                                 [MOUSE R], [R], [U]
Remove clock from Tray                                 [MOUSE R], [R], [C]
Cascade all windows                              [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [C]
Tile all windows horizontally                    [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [H]
Tile all windows vertically                      [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [V]
Undo last Desktop command                                   [MOUSE R], [U]
Reduce size of icons in Start menu          [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R], [S]
Clear contents of Documents menu                [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
                                                          [CTRL][TAB], [C]
Add item to Start menu                          [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
                                                [CTRL][TAB], [A], [ALT][B]

Start Menu

Activate Start menu                                            [CTRL][ESC]
Activate Start menu from Desktop                               [CTRL][ESC]
Activate Start menu from Desktop                                  [ALT][S]
Add item to Start menu                          [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
                                                [CTRL][TAB], [A], [ALT][B]
Remove items from Start menu      [MOUSE R] on Start button, O, P, [ENTER]
Reduce size of icons in Start menu          [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R], [S]
Clear contents of Documents menu                [MOUSE R] on Taskbar, [R],
                                                          [CTRL][TAB], [C]
Bring up Find utility                       [MOUSE R] on Start button, [F]

Recycle Bin

Empty Recycle Bin                                           [MOUSE R], [B]
Cancel delete confirmation dialog box                  [MOUSE R], [R], [D]
Reinstate delete confirmation dialog box               [MOUSE R], [R], [D]
Cancel undelete option for every deletion              [MOUSE R], [R], [R]

Explorer

Open Explorer                               [MOUSE R] on Start button, [E]
Refresh a window                                                      [F5]
Go to a named folder                                 [CTRL][G], enter name
Jump to a folder                             Type its initial character(s)
Undo                                                             [CTRL][Z]
Select all                                                       [CTRL][A]
Move one level up                                              [BACKSPACE]
Close selected folder and its parents          [SHIFT][L] on  Close button
Rename an item                                                        [F2]
Find a file or folder                                                 [F3]
Cut selected item                                                [CTRL][X]
Copy selected item                                               [CTRL][C]
Paste copied or cut item                                         [CTRL][V]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin                                        [DEL]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin                               [MOUSE R], [D]
Delete an item with no undelete      [SHIFT][DEL] or [SHIFT][MOUSE R], [D]
View an item's Properties                                     [ALT][ENTER]
View an item's Properties                          [ALT][MOUSE R][MOUSE R]
Copy a file                                           [CTRL] drag the file
Create a shortcut                              [CTRL][SHIFT] drag the file
Switch between left and right panes                                   [F6]
Expand current folder's subfolders                   [*] on numeric keypad
Expand the selected folder                           [+] on numeric keypad
Collapse the selected folder                         [-] on numeric keypad
Expand current selection                                     [RIGHT ARROW]
Select first subfolder (if expanded)                         [RIGHT ARROW]
Collapse current selection                                    [LEFT ARROW]
Select parent folder (if collapsed)                           [LEFT ARROW]
Change icon size to small                                    [ALT][V], [M]
Change icon size to small                              [MOUSE R], [V], [M]
Change icon size to large                                    [ALT][V], [G]
Change icon size to large                              [MOUSE R], [V], [G]
Change icon view to a list                                   [ALT][V], [L]
Change icon view to a list                             [MOUSE R], [V], [L]
Change icon view to a detailed list                            [ALT]V, [D]
Change icon view to a detailed list                    [MOUSE R], [V], [D]
Arrange icons in alphabetical order                       [ALT]V, [I], [N]
Arrange icons in alphabetical order                    [MOUSE R], [I], [N]
Arrange icons by size                                   [ALT][V], [I], [S]
Arrange icons by size                                  [MOUSE R], [I], [S]
Arrange icons by type                                   [ALT][V], [I], [T]
Arrange icons by type                                  [MOUSE R], [I], [T]
Arrange icons by modification date                      [ALT][V], [I], [D]
Arrange icons by modification date                     [MOUSE R], [I], [D]
Line up icons                                             [ALT]V, [I], [E]
Line up icons                                          [MOUSE R], [I], [E]
Add Toolbar to any Windows applet or folder                  [ALT][V], [T]
Activate the Toolbar's List box                                      [TAB]
Activate the Toolbar's List box                                       [F4]

Managing Folders

Find a file or folder                                                 [F3]
Cut selected item                                                [CTRL][X]
Copy selected item                                               [CTRL][C]
Paste copied or cut item                                         [CTRL][V]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin                                        [DEL]
Delete an item to Recycle Bin                               [MOUSE R], [D]
Undo delete                                       [MOUSE R] on desktop,[U]
Delete an item with no undelete                               [SHIFT][DEL]
View an item's Properties                                     [ALT][ENTER]
Copy a file                                           [CTRL] drag the file
Create a shortcut                              [CTRL][SHIFT] drag the file

Fonts Folder

Install a new font                                           [ALT][F], [I]
Hide font variations (bold, italic, etc.)                    [ALT][V], [H]
List fonts by similarity                                     [ALT][V], [S]

Printers Folder

Pause print job on selected printer                          [ALT][F], [A]
Pause print job on selected printer                         [MOUSE R], [A]
Purge print job on selected printer                          [ALT][F], [U]
Purge print job on selected printer                         [MOUSE R], [U]
Set default printer                                          [ALT][F], [F]
Set default printer                                         [MOUSE R], [F]
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