Thursday, June 9, 2011

Introduction to the Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Now computers have become part of our lives. Almost every day we use the computer to complete various tasks. Mouse and keyboard are our tools to do things. For almost every task that you can perform with the mouse, you can use  the keyboard to perform the same task. To accomplish the task becomes much easier and faster, you can use the keyboard shortcut keys.

Keyboard Shortcut Keys
Keyboard shortcut keys are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. A keyboard shortcut is a key or combination of keys that provides an alternative to standard ways of performing an action. Shortcut keys are keys that provide you with a quick way to perform a task.

Keyboard shortcut keys can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort as you work with operating system and other programs.

There are several types of shortcut keys:
  • Global Shortcut Keys, enable you to use the keyboard to perform tasks related to your desktop, rather than tasks on the currently selected window or application. For example, you can press Print Screen (PrtScr/SysRq) key to take a screenshot of the entire desktop.
  • Window Shortcut Keys, allow you to use the keyboard to perform tasks on the currently focused window. For example, you can press Alt+F4 key combination to close the active item or currently focused window.
  • Application Shortcut Keys, enable you to perform application tasks more quickly than if you use a mouse. For example, you can press Ctrl+S keys to save the current document to disk.

Most programs also provide Accelerator Keys (Access Keys) that can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. An access key is an underlined letter in a menubar, menu, or dialog that you can use to perform an action. Check the menus of programs for accelerator keys. If a letter is underlined in a menu, that usually means that pressing the Alt key in combination with the underlined key will have the same effect as clicking that menu item. Pressing the Alt key in some programs, shows commands that are labeled with additional keys that you can press to use them.

In this blog, we will learn how to use shortcut keys in various computer operating systems and computer application programs. Keep read on the Keyboard Shortcut Keys blog to learn it!

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