Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that normally would require a mouse or pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, allowing you to save time and effort when working with Windows and other programs.

As the keys are arranged
They can be divided into seven groups according to function:
  • Typing (alphanumeric) Keys.Include the same letters, numbers, punctuation, and symbols found on a traditional typewriter.
  • Control Keys.Are used alone or in combination with other keys to perform certain actions. The most commonly used control keys are Ctrl, Alt, the Windows logoImagem da tecla de logotipo do Windows and Esc.
  • Function keys.Are used to perform specific tasks. They were labeled as F1, F2, F3, and so on up to F12. The functionality of these buttons varies from program to program.
  • Navigation keys.Allow editing text and move through documents or Web pages. They include the arrow keys, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, Delete, and Insert statements.
  • Numeric keypad.It is useful to enter numbers quickly. The keys are grouped into block in the same provision of a conventional calculator.
The following illustration shows how these keys are arranged in a typical keyboard. The layout of your keyboard may be different.
Imagem do teclado mostrando tipos de teclasAs the keys are arranged in a keyboard


Typing text


Whenever you need to type something in, e-mail messages or text boxes, you'll see a blinking vertical line (Imagem do cursor ). Is the cursor, also called the insertion point. It shows where it will start the text that you type. You can move the cursor by clicking in the desired location with the mouse or by using the navigation keys (see the section "using navigation keys" in this article).

In addition to letters, numerals, punctuation marks, and symbols, the typing keys also include Shift, Caps Lock, Tab, Enter, SPACEBAR and Backspace.
Button name
How to use it:
Shift
Press Shift in combination with a letter to type an uppercase letter. Press Shift in combination with another key to type the symbol shown at the top of that key.
Caps Lock
Press Caps Lock once to type all letters as uppercase. Press Caps Lock again to disable this function. Your keyboard might have a light indicating whether Caps Lock is on.
Tab
Press the Tab key to move the cursor several spaces forward. You can also press the Tab key to move to the next text box on a form.
Enter
Press Enter to move the cursor to the beginning of the line of text. In a dialog box, press Enter to select the highlighted button.
SPACEBAR
Press the SPACEBAR to move the cursor one space forward.
Backspace
Press Backspace to delete the character before the cursor, or the selected text.

Using keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are ways to perform actions by using the keyboard. Are called shortcuts because streamline the work. In fact, almost any action or command that you run with the mouse can be accomplished more quickly if you use one or two keys on the keyboard.
In the help topics, a plus sign (+) between two or more keys indicates that they should be pressed in combination. For example, Ctrl + A means to press and hold Ctrl and then press a. Ctrl + Shift + A means to press and hold Ctrl and Shift and then press a.

Find program shortcuts

Most of the programs allows the execution of actions using the keyboard. To see what commands have keyboard shortcuts, open a menu. The shortcuts (if available) are displayed next to the menu items.
Imagem do menu Editar no Bloco de Notas mostrando atalhos de teclado ao lado de comandos de menu
Keyboard shortcuts appear next to menu items.

Choose menus, commands, and options

You can open menus and choose commands and other options using the keyboard. In a program that has menus with underlined letters, press Alt and the underlined letter to open the corresponding menu. Press the underlined letter in a menu item to choose this command. For programs that use the Ribbon, such as Paint and WordPad, pressing Alt overlays (rather than underlines) a letter that can be pressed.
Imagem do menu do Paint mostrando letras sublinhadas em comandos de menu
Press Alt + f to open the file menu, and then press I to choose the print command
This works also in dialog boxes. Whenever you see an underlined letter attached to an option in a dialog box, it means you can press Alt plus that letter to choose this option.

Keyboard shortcuts that make your day to day

Calculator keyboard shortcuts

WordPad keyboard shortcuts

Paint keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts of Desktop Connection Rowing

Magnifier keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts on the taskbar

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts for the Windows logo key

Keyboard shortcuts dialog box

General keyboard shortcuts

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