Tablet / Phone Users: Double tap the centre column to make it full screen.
Some of these keyboard shortcuts are pretty common yet a lot of people don't seem to know about them.
By searching with Google, you can find many links to Keyboard shortcuts.
These are the favourites we use.
Keyboard Shortcuts - (Windows)
|CTRL+F6||Switches documents in most programs when you have more than one open.|
|Windows Key+Pause||opens system properties real fast.|
|Windows Key+E||opens Explorer|
|Windows Key+L||Locks your computer, re-input your login password to unlock.|
|Windows Key+T||Items on Taskbar. Use the arrow keys to select the item you want, Spacebar or Enter to open it.|
Windows Key+T then Tab
Selects Quick Launch toolbar (if it is activated and showing on the Taskbar), use Arrow Keys to navigate, Enter to select.
|Windows Key+B||Items in System Tray Use the arrow keys to select the item you want, Spacebar or Enter to open it.|
|Windows Key+D||Minimize all windows, brings up desktop.|
|Click + Shift Click||Need to highlight a word, sentence, whole paragraph or more? Click on the start or end of the area you want to highlight, then Shift Click on the opposite end of the area. Presto, the area in between the two clicks is highlighted, ready to be copied, cut, bolded or whatever.|
|Click + Hold Down Shift + Left or Right Arrow||Similar to above, Click at the start or end of an area you want to highlight, hold down the Shift key and use the left or right arrow keys to highlight the area quickly.|
Browser Keyboard Shortcuts - (Firefox)
|Space||Moves down a page. So fast to use, you can use your thumb.|
|Backspace||Back to previous page.|
|CTRL+T||Opens new tab.|
|CTRL+W||close current page - handy for the popups that get by.|
|F6 or CTRL+L||highlights the address bar so you can just start typing.|
|CTRL+N||opens a new browser window.|
|CTRL+F||find on this page.|
|CTRL+ENTER||adds "www" to the beginning & ".com" to the end of the text typed in the address bar.|
|Shift+Click||opens link in a new page leaving the original underneath.|
|Click+Shift Click||Want to print part of a page, not the whole page? Highlight the part you want by clicking at the beginning of the paragraph, then move to the end of the area you want and Shift Click. Presto, area is highlighted. A lot better than trying to do the click and drag stuff.|
|CTRL + K||Highlight Search bar.|
|CTRL + D||Bookmark current page.|
|CTRL + B||Show Bookmarks sidebar.|
Common Keyboard Shortcuts
|CTRL+X||Copy and Remove|
|CTRL+Y||Redo the Undo|
|CTRL+O||Open file - Explorer window|
|CTRL+P||Print - selection window|
|CTRL+S||Save As - Explorer window|
|CTRL+N||My Computer (from desktop)|
|Alt+Space||Activates Minimize/Maximize menu|
|Alt+F4||Close active program. (Or shutdown computer from desktop.)|
Select programs you have running.
|Ctrl-Shift-Right Arrow||Selects the word immediately to the right of the cursor.|
|Ctrl-Shift-Left Arrow||Selects the word immediately to the left of the cursor.|
|Shift-Home||Selects text from the cursor's current position to the beginning of the line.|
|Shift-End||Selects text from the cursor's current position to the end of the line.|
|Windows key + Tab||Vista - 3D Select from running programs.|
|Alt + Spacebar + M||Move current windows with arrow keys.|
Email Keyboard Shortcuts - (Thunderbird)
|CTRL+N||Write new message|
|CTRL+M||Write new email|
|N||Go to next unread message (from any panel)|
|P||Goto Message Pane (right side)|
|Shift+TAB+TAB||Return to folder list.|
|Shift+Delete||Permanently delete mssg (when mssg is highlighted|
|CTRL + P||Print Message.|
Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
|CTRL+Shift+N||Create new folder|
|CTRL+Shift+Click||Open program as administrator|
|Win+Shift+Left Arrow||Move active window to Left Monitor *|
|Win+Shift+Right Arrow||Move active window to Right Monitor *|
|Win+Up Arrow||Maximizes active window *|
|Win+Down Arrow||Minimizes active window *|
|Win+Right Arrow||Snaps active window to right half of screen *|
|Win+Left Arrow||Snaps active window to left half of screen *|
|CRTL+Alt+Down||Flips screen upside down - not sure of its usefulness|
|CTRL+Alt+Up||Flips screen back to right side up|
* These keyboard shortcuts also work in Windows 8 and 10
Windows 8 & 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
(also windows 7)
|Hit Win key anytime & begin typing the name of the program. It will pop up after the first couple letters. Hit <Enter> to start program instantly.|
|Win + Q||Brings up the Apps icons|
|Win + D||Go to Desktop|
|Win + W||Go Ink Workspace|
|Win + R||Run box|
|Win + X||Shortcut menu to task mgr, comp.mgmt., etc.|
|Win + Up Arrow||Maximize window|
|Win + Down Arrow||Minimize window|
|Win + L||Lock Screen|
|Win+Alt+D||Windows Calendar & Time|
|Alt + f||Open settings|
|Ctrl + Shift +b||Bookmarks Bar|
|Ctrl + Shift + o||Bookmarks Manager|
|Ctrl + f||Find (in current page)|
|Ctrl + l||Address Bar|
|Ctrl +d||Bookmark current page|
|Ctrl +||Make page text bigger|
|Ctrl -||Make page text smaller|
|Ctrl + 0 (zero)||Return page to default size|
|Space||Scroll Down a screen at a time|
|Ctrl + n||Open new window|
|Ctrl + t||Open new tab|
|Ctrl + w||Close current tab|
|Ctrl + 1 thru 8||Jump to specific tab|
|Alt + Left Arrow||Previous page|
|Alt + Right Arrow||Next page|
|F5||Reload/Refresh current page|
|F11||Full Screen Mode|
|Alt + F4||
Many previous normal keyboard shortcuts work in Windows 7, 8 & 10. You can find many by using your favourite search engine. We only list a few that we use regularly and make our day productive.
These are not all the keyboard shortcuts of course, just some of the most useful ones. Some shortcuts act differently when inside active programs.
If you use these frequently, you will remember most of them, making your computer use easier and quicker.
Try using several at a time until you get to remember them and they become automatic.
Toshiba Laptop makes French Characters
This may be more of a Vista problem than Toshiba. At any rate I was always having a problem while using Skype chat or MSN Messenger when my keyboard would suddenly decide to print French characters. It didn't seem to bother other word type programs.
If your Toshiba laptop prints French characters, here is how to put things back to normal. This may work for other brands too, I am not sure.
1) Capitol Lock On
2) Press Ctrl+Shift
in Vista the following sequence will take you to a panel that lists the keys for changing keyboard input.
Control Panel>Regional and Language Options>Keyboards and Languages>Change Keyboards>Change Key Sequence
Keyboard Shortcut Start Programs
Its debatable now days whether third party programs are required to start programs by using the keyboard.
However many of us do find them quicker, plus there are numerous other benefits these programs provide. E.g. FARR - Find And Run Robot
Windows Key To Start
Remember The Program Name