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Windows XP Pocket Reference by David A. Karp

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Keyboard Accelerators Listed by Key

The following keystrokes work in Windows Explorer and most of the components that come with Windows XP. However, some applications (including Microsoft applications) don't always follow the rules.

Key

Action

F1

Start Help (supported in most applications)

F2

Rename selected icon or file in Windows Explorer or on the Desktop

F3

Open a Search window (in Windows Explorer or on the Desktop only)

F4

Open a drop-down list (supported in many dialog boxes)—for example, press F4 in a File Open dialog to drop down the Look In list

F5

Refresh the view in Windows Explorer, on the Desktop, in the Registry Editor, and in some other applications

F6

Move focus between panes in Windows Explorer

F10

Send focus to the current application's menu

 

Arrow keys

Basic navigation: move through menus, reposition the text cursor (insertion point), change the file selection, and so on

Backspace

Move up one level in folder hierarchy (Windows Explorer only)

Delete

Delete selected item(s) or selected text

Down Arrow

Open a drop-down listbox

End

Go to end of line when editing text, or end of file list

Enter

Activate highlighted choice in menu or dialog box, or insert a carriage return when editing text

Esc

Close dialog box, message window, or menu without activating any choice (usually the same as clicking Cancel)

Home

Go to beginning of line (when editing text), or beginning of file list

Page Down

Scroll down one screen

Page Up

Scroll ...

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