Key Tips - Sharon's Shortcuts

Intro to Outlook

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Microsoft Outlook is used mainly as an email application, but it also includes a calendar, contact manager, task manager, etc. In Outlook, press Control + 1 to go to your email, Control + 2 to go to your calendar, Control … Read More

System Properties

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Pressing Windows + Pause opens a System Properties dialogue box with all the main spec information about your PC. Useful for checking how much RAM there is or the power of your processor. The Pause key is usually located towards … Read More

Peek at the Desktop

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Pressing Windows + Comma will let you temporarily look at the desktop. When you let go of the keys, you are returned to the application you were working on. This shortcut is only available in Windows 10 but has been … Read More

Emoji Panel

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Make sure language is set to English (US). Press Windows + Semi-colon to bring up the emoji panel and use the arrow keys to move around and choose an expression. Press Tab to move between pages and pages of emojis! … Read More

Tablet App Commands

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Pressing Windows + Z shows the commands available in a Windows Metro app in full-screen mode, when using a tablet. Windows Metro apps are touchscreen-friendly apps written especially for Windows devices, such as the Surface. They were first introduced in … Read More

Windows Mixed Reality

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Pressing Windows + Y switches between Windows Mixed Reality and the desktop. Windows Mixed Reality is a mixed reality platform introduced as part of the Windows 10 operating system, which provides holographic and mixed reality experiences (Augmented Reality and Virtual … Read More

Quick Link Menu

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Pressing Windows + X gives you the Quick Link menu. Also sometimes called the Power User menu. It gives you handy access to things like Task Manager, Settings, Power Options, Device Manager etc. It has a handy option to shut … Read More

Windows Accessibility

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Pressing Windows + U opens the Ease of Access settings. These settings give lots of tools and options to make your PC more accessible, based on your needs. The settings include Narrator, the in-built screen reader, the Magnifier, Keyboard and … Read More

Accessing the Taskbar

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Pressing Windows + T gives access to the Taskbar. The Taskbar contains a list of all the current open folders or applications. You can use the left and right arrow keys to move through them and then press Enter to … Read More

Run!

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Pressing Windows + R you the Run dialog. This can be used to launch a Web page (if you know the full URL) or a program (if you know the name of the program file on your computer e.g. winword). … Read More

Searching

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Pressing Windows + A or Windows + S will open a Search dialogue. Type in a program, folder or filename and Windows will search for it. To remember these shortcuts, think Q for Question or S for Search. These shortcuts … Read More

Presentation Time

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Windows + P gives options for projecting your display onto another screen. It is generally used when connecting a laptop to a projector or large screen for making presentations. When you press Windows + P, it gives a list of … Read More

Lock Screen Orientation

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Windows + O will lock/unlock screen orientation. It works on Windows 8 or 10 tablets where the display automatically rotates when the screen is turned from landscape to portrait. It only works when an external keyboard is attached (as opposed … Read More

Lock or Switch

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Windows + L will lock your PC screen. To unlock, press Escape to get back to the login screen and enter your password or PIN (depending on how your PC is set up). You can also use Windows + L … Read More

Quick Connect

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In Windows 10, Windows + K will open a list of possible devices that you can connect to. Generally this is used for Bluetooth devices such as speakers, headphones, headset, keyboard or mouse. Make sure the device is switched on … Read More

Windows Tips

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When a Windows Tip appears, press Windows + J focus on and read the Windows Tip. Then press Windows + J again to focus on the element described in the Tip. Note and Disclaimer: I have not been able to … Read More

Dictate or Share

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In Windows 10, press Windows + H to start dictation. This only works with language set to English (United States). In Windows 8.1, press Windows + H for the Share Charm. This only works within Windows Metro apps.

Game Bar

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Press Windows + G for the Game Bar. To start/stop recording, press Windows + Alt + R. To capture the last 30 seconds of action, press Windows + Alt + G (background recording must be enabled).

Find or Feedback

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In Windows 7 and Windows 8, pressing Windows + F will open the Find dialogue to search for files, programs etc on your PC. In WIndows 10, pressing Windows + F will open the Windows Feedback Hub. You can also … Read More

Focus on Desktop

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Pressing Windows + D or Windows + M will focus on the Desktop. Windows + D toggles between the Desktop and your last used application and Windows + M minimises all applications to the Taskbar.

Happy New ?

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Press Control + N to create a new item in almost any application. Control + N for a new Email in Outlook. Control + N for a new Document in Word. Control + N for a new Spreadsheet in Excel, … Read More

Show Formulas in Excel

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To display the formulas in an Excel, instead of the results of the formulas, press Control + ` (grave key). To go back to showing the results as normal, press Control + ` (grave key).

Web Page Zoom

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Press Control + Plus key to zoom into a Web page. Press Control + Minus key to zoom out of a Web page. Press Control + Zero to go back to the default size (100%).

Accessing Links

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To move from link to link on a Web page, press the Tab key. To move back through the links, press Shift + Tab. If you use Mozilla Firefox, you can press ‘ (apostrophe/single quote) to search through links on … Read More

Scrolling

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To move up and down a Web page, press the arrow keys. To move quicker, press the Spacebar. Press Shift + Spacebar to move back up the Web page. If you are a screen reader user, follow this link to … Read More

High Contrast Mode

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Press Alt + Shift + PrtSc (Print Screen) then Enter to activate High Contrast Mode. Press Alt + Shift + PrtSc again to switch back to the standard display setting.

Accessing Menus

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To access a Menu Bar or Ribbon, press F10. The Alt key does the same. To access a context menu, press Shift + F10. This is equivalent to a right-click or pressing Applications key.

Format Painter

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To copy and paste just the formatting of some text, position on the text and press Control + Shift + C. Then select some new text and press Control + Shift + V.

The Applications Key

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The Applications key gives a menu of options, relative to the current application and the current position on the screen. For example, if you are on a particular word in a document that is spelt incorrectly, pressing the Applications key … Read More