From the Kenosha News on 12-10-06

You can use your keyboard instead of your mouse

If you have pretty good typing skills on the keyboard, then moving your hands from the keyboard to use the mouse can really slow you down. Also, there are times when you may want to do certain functions – like Copy or Paste – and no menu item is readily available to click on. Finally, there may be times when your mouse isn’t working and you find yourself needing to navigate using the keyboard.

Most people rarely use the function keys (F1 through F12) on their keyboards, but they can come in handy. They have fairly consistent usage in most applications in Windows.

F1 bring up the Help screens or the Help Wizard. On an IBM or Lenovo computer, pressing F1 on startup gets you access to the Setup (CMOS) screens to change your startup device order (e.g. boot from CD before hard drive) or set a power-on password.

On the Windows desktop, F3 brings up the Search function, allowing you to search for files.

Alt-F4 will close a Window. Make sure you’ve saved first!

F5 will refresh the contents of the current window when displaying the contents of a folder and in some other applications. In Word, it brings up Find and Replace; in Excel, it brings up a Go to screen.

In MS Word, F7 brings up the spelling and grammar dialog box.

When starting Windows, pressing F8 will start up in Safe Mode. Also on startup, pressing F12 should prompt you for what device (CD, floppy, hard drive) you’d like to boot from.

You may also notice special symbols on you function keys. They may be shown in blue or gray. This indicates the function of the keys when pressed in conjunction with the Fn key. This may include changing the brightness, hibernating, turning on or off wireless, sending the screen output to and external monitor, etc.

Using the Ctrl key in conjunction with various letters on the keyboard will execute specific functions. The most common and useful are shown below. Many of them also apply to MacOS, but you use the “open Apple key” (that curly thing) instead of the Ctrl key.

  • Ctrl-A – Select All
  • Ctrl-B – Turn on or off bolding
  • Ctrl-C – Copy (copies highlighted text or any file that is selected)
  • Ctrl-F – Find (open the search feature)
  • Ctrl-I – Turn on or off italics
  • Ctrl-N – New document
  • Ctrl-O – Open existing document
  • Ctrl-P – Print
  • Ctrl-S – Save
  • Ctrl-U – Turn on or off underlining
  • Ctrl-V – Paste
  • Ctrl-X – Cut
  • Ctrl-Z – Undo
  • Ctrl-Enter – Add a page break in a Word document

If your computer is having problems, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to bring up the Task Manager menu in Windows, which can be used to terminate a program or shut down the computer.

By Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 12-10-06