Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Real Time-Saver: Alt-Tab Keyboard Shortcut

Alt-Tab is the name for a keyboard shortcut on Microsoft Windows used for switching between windows without using the mouse.

If you press ALT+TAB to switch between Windows-based applications, Windows displays a box that identifies the last application that you accessed. If you hold the ALT key down, pressing TAB cycles through all of the applications that are currently running. When you let go of the ALT key, the identified application becomes the active application.

9 Comments:

At 4/01/2008 1:06 PM, Blogger Marko said...

Good points. In addition, you should mention that pressing the "Windows" key, indentified on most modern key boards with the windows logo, calls up the Start menu. That can save you loads of time as well.

 
At 4/01/2008 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same with a Mac by using the "APPLE" key instead of the Windows

 
At 4/01/2008 3:14 PM, Blogger Gabriel said...

Ctrl+Tab will cycle through browser tabs or one application's windows.

 
At 4/01/2008 3:15 PM, Anonymous Kit said...

If you press the "OFF" button you can really save loads of time;)

 
At 4/01/2008 7:04 PM, Anonymous The Masked Millionaire said...

Control + Tab

I never knew that. Thanks

 
At 4/01/2008 8:09 PM, Blogger Gregory said...

There are lots of such shortcuts. Window Key + D will minimize all open windows.

Window Key + E will open the file explorer window.

 
At 4/01/2008 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tips! Keep em coming!!

 
At 4/02/2008 9:27 AM, Anonymous Is said...

Ctrl + Alt + Print Screen copies a screenshot to your clipboard.

 
At 4/02/2008 12:09 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

To some extent, you can assign your own shortcuts to program icons, including shortcuts, specific files, and webpages.

Select a shortcut you normally would click on to get what you want. Right-click, and select "properties". In the form entry titled "shortcut key", press a letter (say, "M").

The program will now be started when you press Ctrl-Alt-M (backspace to clear a key out).

Also, when saving bookmarks/favorites, you can usually create a subfolder to add them to, and/or specify the folder if it already exists. The exact mechanism depends on your browser (IE, Firefox, Opera), so I won;t detail it, but if you think about the window shown, you can probably figure it out.

This helps with organizing new entries, since you don't have to "edit" the bookmark list.

I really do also recommend that, if you use IE/Outlook Express (any version), that you change that for either Firefox or Opera. By doing so, you make yourself immune to about 60-70% of the malware out there. This is in addition to the enhanced features that the other two browsers have. Use IE *only* for accessing sites you know utterly to be safe, like your bank, the government, etc., in those occasional instances which FFox/Opera doesn't work right...

And be careful -- if you are dealing with a site you don't *know* is utterly legit (i.e., they've been around on the net for 5 years in your OWN experience, or have a "brick-and-mortar" location), don't assume it's not "not working" with those for a reason other than that they ARE trying to take advantage of IE problems. I've seen some doubtful sites that prey on someone looking for a "good deal" that's, if you know anything, much too good to be true.

 

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