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    all the good examples are gone now, but what about F2 to rename the focussed item...

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    The F2 key is useful in all sorts of places - as you say, it renames files etc but it also is used in Excel and Access to start editing in a cell.

    I reckon you should always press every key, left click, right click, double click on every object just to see what it does - that way you can often learn new and exciting things :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    I reckon you should always press every key, left click, right click, double click on every object just to see what it does - that way you can often learn new and exciting things :-)

    Hmmmm! Probably won't be taking that bit of advice... "new" and "exciting" could well result in !

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    Shift+Click and Ctrl+Click when selecting multiple files - I'm sure we all know that one, but many users don't.

    Also, triple-clicking to select an entire paragraph.

    I keep meaning to write a cheat-sheet with all these on, but I wonder how many people would actually read it!

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    One of the less useful shortcuts (in XP that I know of) is Alt + Esc: lowers the current window. More info here: Alt-Tab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I've known about the top-left icon one for a while, and regularly make use of Alt+Space and the underlined letter to execute the minimise/maximise/close-window functions.

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    Win+M minimises too. Why so many different ways to do the same thing?

    Win+L locks the computer - I use that one whenever I walk away from my PC, and encourage those staff with longer time-outs on their screensavers to do likewise.

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    Windows+D : view desktop - similar to Win+M, but press it again and all your windows are restored.
    Last edited by Gerry; 1st March 2010 at 01:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Shift+Click and Ctrl+Click when selecting multiple files - I'm sure we all know that one, but many users don't.

    Also, triple-clicking to select an entire paragraph.

    I keep meaning to write a cheat-sheet with all these on, but I wonder how many people would actually read it!
    I would! It's amazing how many of these you forget over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    I would! It's amazing how many of these you forget over the years.
    Worth setting up a wiki page on here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Win+L locks the computer - I use that one whenever I walk away from my PC, and encourage those staff with longer time-outs on their screensavers to do likewise.
    I always find that hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del and then slamming Enter to lock it has a greater satisfaction quotient, and sounds like you mean business when you walk away from your PC. "And now, it's... LOCKED!"

    Also confirming Windows + D as the skivers best friend

    As for a new one... hmmm... Ctrl + number to go to a certain tab in IE / FF (and possibly others) is always very handy for skipping back to GMail on tab 1 etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    I always find that hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del and then slamming Enter to lock it has a greater satisfaction quotient, and sounds like you mean business when you walk away from your PC. "And now, it's... LOCKED!"
    True, but it does take both hands to press 4 keys, rather than one hand to press 2. Also, some people think Ctrl+Alt+Del is only used in bad situations, so wouldn't do it just to lock the PC.

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    What is the command in WIndows 7 that will let you open two windows to exactly half the screen - side by side?

    I cannot remember it but have read aboutit.

    Gje

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    What is the command in WIndows 7 that will let you open two windows to exactly half the screen - side by side?

    I cannot remember it but have read aboutit.

    Gje
    KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS:
    NOTE: On multiple monitors, continually pressing a keyboard shortcut combination below will cause the window to snap to the side and scroll in that direction through the multiple monitor screens.

    Windows Key + Left Arrow Key = This will snap the current active window to the left side of the screen, or unsnap a window that is snapped to the right side of the screen.
    Windows Key + Right Arrow Key = This will snap the current active window to the right side of the screen, or unsnap a window that is snapped to the left side of the screen.
    Windows Key + Up Arrow Key = Maximize the current active window to full screen.
    Windows Key + Down Arrow Key = Minimize the current active window to the taskbar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethedmondson View Post
    What is the command in WIndows 7 that will let you open two windows to exactly half the screen - side by side?
    Thanks, I'd forgotten this one, but it is dragging the window to one side until your cursor reaches the edge of the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    True, but it does take both hands to press 4 keys, rather than one hand to press 2. Also, some people think Ctrl+Alt+Del is only used in bad situations, so wouldn't do it just to lock the PC.
    I prefer the 2 finger - 1 thumb salute:

    Right Ctrl + Right Alt + Del = 1 handed satisfaction (LOL )
    followed by a fist on the keyboard over Enter is very satisfying.

    I know it's sad, but i'm waiting for a dodgy VM to boot, so check the pics, they make a v.good flick book.



    incidentally, how do your users change password? Or do you force them to do it?
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