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How To Video: Power keyboard shortcuts

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How To Video: Power keyboard shortcuts

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Molly Wood show you how to master Windows with these advanced keyboard shortcuts.

>> Molly Wood: Hi. I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com here with some advanced Windows keyboard shortcuts. Now, I'm hoping that you already know the basics like control S to save or control P to print, control Z to undo, things like that, but these tips will take you out of novice territory, and turn you into a keyboard wizard in Windows xp and Vista. ^M00:00:18 [ Music ] ^M00:00:28 >> Molly Wood: Now, let's start by building on those basics. So you already know control Z undoes something that you just did. Well, control Y undoes your undo. It's good if you can't make up your mind. You probably also know control F opens the find dialogue while control H takes you straight to find and replace. Here's some navigation tips which work great in Word. Control plus the up or down arrow moves you up or down one paragraph. Add shift like control, shift, up arrow, and you highlight the entire paragraph above you. Control, shift, down arrow gets you the whole paragraph below. Similarly, control plus a side arrow takes you over to the next word or the previous word, and control shift right or left arrow highlights that entire word. Shift plus the up or down arrow highlights an entire line, and shift plus a right or left arrow will highlight just one letter. OK. Now, let's have some fun with the Windows key. Windows plus the letter D minimizes all your open windows and displays the desktop. D for desktop, get it? Windows M just minimizes all windows. I actually prefer Windows D because if you press it again, Windows D, then all your windows come back up. Windows plus L locks your workstation. This is super handy. Windows R brings up the run dialogue, which is also handy if you want to navigate to network folders or launch Windows apps like Excel or WinWord. OK. So how about some of those F keys? What do those do? Well, if you want to rename a file or folder, highlight it, and then hit F2. Nice. And as for alt, alt D will select your address bar in pretty much any browser. And alt plus print screen takes a screen shot of your open window. Actually, on some keyboards, you might need to press function, alt, print screen. Also, you can use alt escape to cycle through open windows. It's not much different from alt tab for application switching, but it doesn't bring up the app switcher icon so it's a little cleaner. And finally, if you hit the wrong combination of keys, and you break something, control, shift, escape brings up the task manager. There you go, and I have one more shortcut for you. All these keyboard shortcuts and many more are spelled out at our Real Deal podcast page or realdeal.cnet.com. Alright. Get those fingers off the mouse. For cnet.com, I'm Molly Wood, and you're welcome. ^M00:02:57 [ Music ]

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