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General keyboard shortcuts

Windows general keyboard shortcuts

Press To
CTRL + C Copy.
CTRL + X Cut.
CTRL + V Paste.
CTRL + Z Undo.
DELETE Delete.
SHIFT + DELETE Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.
CTRL while dragging an item Copy selected item.
CTRL + SHIFT while dragging an item Create a shortcut to the selected item.
F2 Rename selected item.
CTRL + RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.
CTRL + LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
CTRL + DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.
CTRL + UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
CTRL + SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Highlight a block of text.
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
CTRL + A Select all.
F3 Search for a file or folder.
ALT + ENTER View properties for the selected item.
ALT + F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program.
ALT + Enter Displays the properties of the selected object.
ALT + SPACEBAR Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.
CTRL + F4 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.
ALT + TAB Switch between open items.
ALT + ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
SHIFT + F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
ALT + SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window.
CTRL + ESC Display the Start menu.
ALT + Underlined letter in a menu name Display the corresponding menu.
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu Carry out the corresponding command.
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program.
RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
F5 Refresh the active window.
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
ESC Cancel the current task.
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Using Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP

You might need to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to perform some tasks.

Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single, contiguous space on the volume. As a result, your system can gain access to your files and folders and save new ones more efficiently. By consolidating your files and folders, Disk Defragmenter also consolidates the volume's free space, making it less likely that new files will be fragmented.

  • To open Disk Defragmenter, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter.
  • For information about using Disk Defragmenter, on the Action menu in Disk Defragmenter, click Help.

Detecting and repairing disk errors in Windows XP

You can use the Error-checking tool to check for errors and bad sectors on your hard disk.

  • Open My Computer, and then select the local disk you want to check.
  • On the File menu, click Properties.
  • On the Tools tab, under Error-checking, click Check Now.
  • Under Check disk options, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors checkbox.

Notes

  • To open My Computer, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
  • All files must be closed for this process to run. If the volume is currently in use, a message box will appear, prompting you to indicate whether or not you want to reschedule the disk checking for the next time you restart your system. Then, the next time you restart your system, disk checking will run. Your volume will not be available to perform other tasks while this process is running.
  • If your volume is formatted as NTFS, Windows automatically logs all file transactions, replaces bad clusters, and stores copies of crucial information for all NTFS volume files.

Beta testing Windows 7 - Part 1

I finally got around to installing the Beta release of Windows 7. Did the first install into a VM (virtual machine) to get a feel for the new OS. I installed a copy of Sun xVM VirtualBox, version 2.2.2, which has predefined settings for a Windows 7 environment. I then loaded the Windows 7 image file as a DVD drive and got the install going. The install went smoothly, and the interface looked quite a bit like Windows Vista.

I will work with the VM installation while I assemble a non-production test system. I'll keep you updated on my adventures.

Custom cases: Back in Black

Here are the before and after pictures of the finished case for the upgrading your computer cheaply article.

Back in Black 1Back in Black 2

The face and body are RUST-OLEUM's 'Satin Black' Universal All-Surface Paint. I then applied a couple of coats of RUST-OLEUM's Crystal Clear Enamel.

Side note: I contacted RUST-OLEUM to let them know about my daughter's faux stone and chalkboard case. They thought it was cool and hoped they might be able to add it to their web site. Here's the image we sent them.

Faux stone and chalkboard with RUST-OLEUM on side

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