Microsoft Windows in one shape or form has been around for some time (since 1985) with short-cuts being introduced with Windows version 2.0 in October 1987.
So what is a short-cut?
Well, in short, it’s a set of key strokes that invoke a common task.
Let me give you an example:
As you’re sat at your keyboard now, Hold down your Ctrl Key with one finger, then press the Esc key with another (Ctrl + Esc). See how the Windows Start Menu pops up?
Let’s try another.
Hold down the Windows Key and then press ‘R’ (Win + R). See how the Run menu pops up?
Ever copied and pasted text? Of course you have!
Ever tried using ‘Ctrl + C’ to copy and ‘Ctrl + V’ to paste? Maybe not.
Here’s a few useful shortcuts, that if you use Microsoft Windows, you might just find useful…
|Win + M||Minimise all Windows and show the Desktop|
|Win + E||Show Windows Explorer|
|Alt + Enter||Show the properties for a file in Windows Explorer|
|Ctrl + C||Copy the selected text to the Windows Clipboard|
|Ctrl + X||Cut the selected text to the Windows Clipboard|
|Ctrl + V||Paste the contents of the Windows Clipboard|
|Ctrl + Shift + Esc||Show the Windows Task Manager|
|Alt + Tab||Switch between the active programs currently running in Windows|
|F1||Show Help for the current screen you’re on|
|F2||Rename a file that is currently highlighted|
|F3||Search for a File in Windows|
|F4||Invoke a drop down list/pull down menu|
|F5||Refresh the current active Window|
|F12||Invoke the “Save As” feature for most common Microsoft Products|
|Shift + F10||Invoke a Right Click context menu for any object that is highlighted|