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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 20. T

Tab Key

In Windows: Tab Key

In addition to its traditional function—moving the insertion point to the next Tab stop in a word processor, or advancing to the next cell on a spreadsheet—the Tab key has several special functions in Windows, just as it does on the Macintosh:

  • Press Tab to cycle the “focus” (highlighting) from one set of controls in a dialog box to the next—buttons and pop-up menus, for example. Press Shift-Tab to cycle backward through dialog box items. When an item is highlighted, pressing Enter or Spacebar is the same as clicking that item.

  • In tabbed dialog boxes, press Ctrl-Tab to cycle through the different tabs. Press Ctrl-Shift-Tab to cycle backward through the tabs.

  • Press Alt-Tab to switch to the last window you used. Hold the Alt key down and press Tab repeatedly to cycle through open windows.

  • In Desktop windows, Explorer windows, and any other window divided into fields or panes, press Tab to navigate between fields or panes. For instance, if you have the Address bar showing in Desktop windows, press Tab to switch between the file list and the Address bar.

TCP/IP Control Panel

In Windows: Network Control Panel

To configure a Macintosh to connect to the Internet via a network, you work in the TCP/IP control panel, where you choose how you’re connecting and set up your TCP/IP configuration. To accomplish the same task in Windows, you use the Network control panel. For information about connecting a Windows-based PC to the Internet using a modem, follow steps ...

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