Windows Hints & Tips

Microsoft's Windows operating system (OS) comes with a vast range of keyboard shortcuts. Users who are mainly mouse-orientated (such as image editors) will often find little use for these but anyone who makes significant use of the keyboard will find at least some of these shortcuts a great timesaver.

Just to mention a couple of very commonly used shortcuts, the combination CTRL + P (hold down the Control key, CTRL, and then tap the letter P) immediately opens the printers dialogue window. Similarly, CTRL + A marks all objects in a window, or the whole text in a document.

The Windows key
itself is also a powerful shortcut tool, probably its most used function is as an alternative to mouse-clicking on the Start button.




On this page we provide a few links to resources that explore the whole topic of keyboard shortcuts.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_key Wikipedia article describing the history of the Windows key and listing common Windows key functions.

http://www.seoconsultants.com/windows/key/ Common Windows key combinations plus in-depth exploration of your keyboard.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449 Windows keyboard shortcuts.

And - finally, have you tried to get the Euro-symbol (€) to print and been unsuccessful? Just hold the Alt-Gr key down while you tap the key that has three symbols on it (4, $ and €) - it's as simple as that! This works for the other keys with three symbols on them too.