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Keyboard Shortcuts
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/27/2005 | General Articles | Rating:
Keyboard Shortcuts
Use shortcut keys as an alternative to the mouse when working in Windows. You can open, close, and navigate the Start menu, desktop, menus, dialog boxes, and Web pages using keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts may also make it easier for you to interact with your computer.

General keyboard shortcuts

CTRL+C Copy.
CTRL+X Cut.
CTRL+V Paste.
CTRL+Z Undo.
DELETE Delete.
SHIFT+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin.
CTRL while dragging an item Copy selected item.
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item Create shortcut to selected item.
F2 Rename selected item.
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word.
CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph.
CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph.
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Highlight a block of text.
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document.
CTRL+A Select all.
F3 Search for a file or folder.
ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item.
ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program.
ALT+Enter Displays the properties of the selected object.
ALT+SPACEBAR Opens the shortcut menu for the active window.
CTRL+F4 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously.
ALT+TAB Switch between open items.
ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened.
F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
F4 Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window.
CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu.
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name Display the corresponding menu.
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu Carry out the corresponding command.
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program.
RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
F5 Refresh the active window.
BACKSPACE View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
ESC Cancel the current task.
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

CTRL+TAB Move forward through tabs.
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through tabs.
TAB Move forward through options.
SHIFT+TAB Move backward through options.
ALT+Underlined letter Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option.
ENTER Carry out the command for the active option or button.
SPACEBAR Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box.
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons.
F1 Display Help.
F4 Display the items in the active list.
BACKSPACE Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box.

Natural keyboard shortcuts

[Windows Key] Display or hide the Start menu.
[Windows Key] +BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box.
[Windows Key] +D Show the desktop.
[Windows Key] +M Minimize all windows.
[Windows Key] +Shift+M Restores minimized windows.
[Windows Key] +E Open My Computer.
[Windows Key] +F Search for a file or folder.
CTRL+ [Windows Key] +F Search for computers.
[Windows Key] +F1 Display Windows Help.
[Windows Key] + L Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain.
[Windows Key] +R Open the Run dialog box.
[Windows Key] +U Open Utility Manager.

Accessibility keyboard shortcuts

Right SHIFT for eight seconds Switch FilterKeys on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN Switch High Contrast on and off.
Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK Switch MouseKeys on and off.
SHIFT five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.
NUM LOCK for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.
[Windows Key] +U Open Utility Manager.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

END Display the bottom of the active window.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
RIGHT ARROW Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice shortcut keys, i've never knew this before.. so can add some more unique keyboard keys?
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    windows keyboard shortcuts are very usefull.. everyone should be able to use windows without mouse, I already knew most of these but there was one new shortcut that came useful to me.
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Just for fun
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    vary usefull,i to knew most of them but learned somthing new .So good sight !
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by J Stevens)
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    Good and pretty comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts. One that I use a lot that is not listed is CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring up the taskmgr
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    quite useful. Learned some new shortcuts. Are there any more ?
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by kassu)
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    there are others, such as plain alt == F10. I wonder how I could make, say F9 to produce some code I too often need to write.
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    hmm such a fantastic shortcuts,gr8 n keep it up.
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very Helpful!
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Gives the best way to handle PC thru Keyboard. Excellent!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    exellent lol helps alot
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very complete & well-set up. excellent.
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    (meant to rate it a definite-5 !)
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Becauce Keyboard shortcut can make me use computer fater.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This sucks! you need better, cooler shortcuts!
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    registry
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    loser, rubish sorry but but help
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by lol)
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    lol this is so easy to know u must be dumb if u never knew it sauks...
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very useful. only knew some function keys before, with these new informations, can work much faster
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thats is very good shortcut keys and very nice , thank you very much .
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It had maany things I never knew about
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    sir I am a mail i like your good shortcuts pls sent my email more sreethink@gmail.com
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I just like the style you took with this article. It isn't typical that you just discover something so concise and informative.
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the reason is simply because i have never come across a cenral location i could find all the key-board shortcuts.
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    vary usefull,i to knew most of them but learned somthing new .So good sight ! Thanks a lot
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I learned many new things
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by aslam)
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    all these shortcuts are old and this shortcuts we have used one year back please give me some new one
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i know it before bcoz i have use 2000 pro shortcuts
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Fulll USerfull!
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Ctrl p r
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it was well written, i new a lot of them and only a few i didn't, useful info when u forget smething
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by dummy)
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    lol... you can read these at windows HELP, this just proves that most users dont even read windows HELP...
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent thing i have even seen. vert knowlodgeable and useful... bravo...
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice shortcut keys, I knew all These before.. so tell me some more unique keyboard keys?
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Also on XP there is one I dicovered by accident, control+alt and either which arrow you want to flip your screen.
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice ;) never knew them
     
  • Comment #37 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cool!
     
  • Comment #38 (Posted by Djvas89)
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    try this one... Left or right Shift key + wheel up (of the mouse) open the item (only one)
     
  • Comment #39 (Posted by Kale Smith)
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    Haha this is ace! Thanks a lot for the screen flipping shortcut. I'm going to be having lots of fun at college now :D
     
  • Comment #40 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It help us.In all the way without using the mouse we can do work as quickly.
     
  • Comment #41 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I want to do work fast on my PC with the keyboard only
     
  • Comment #42 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks
     
  • Comment #43 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Haha Nice nice awsome shortcuts Thanks!!
     
  • Comment #44 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    hi it me siru khan who is computer spacialist and my commet towards is that what ever you are giving it is so poor infomation , this type of shortcut key i don't need . i need some extra
     
  • Comment #45 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good one for starters... sr
     
  • Comment #46 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This will help me a lot thanks a lot sir.my rating will be excellent.
     
  • Comment #47 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Beautiful, Very helpful!
     
  • Comment #48 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks a lotsss
     
  • Comment #49 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I already Know All of these I will fail my test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #50 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS A WEEL UP BUTTON THANKS
     
  • Comment #51 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Sure I can use this and I already got this in me copmputer and it's called "help & support" all I have to do is type Keyboard Shortcuts in to the blank and i got it!! MAYBE YOU COPYED IT LOSSER!!!!!
     
  • Comment #52 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very usefull fro this command.
     
  • Comment #53 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good.......
     
  • Comment #54 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    IT IS VERY USEFUL TO ALL OPERATORS FINE
     
  • Comment #55 (Posted by peter choyce)
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    not bad
     
  • Comment #56 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i need more new shortcut keys
     
  • Comment #57 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    the screen flipping one is graphics card specific... therefor not a windows keyboard shortcut... although very fun
     
  • Comment #58 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very well thought out! This is perfect to copy and laminate. Thanks a million!
     
  • Comment #59 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Excellent, Thanx 4 providing this information
     
  • Comment #60 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its nice... i tried all of them. good job.
     
  • Comment #61 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I assume these are all for XP, looking at the post date? :D If it is for Vista or Windows 7 as well, please mark that somewhere so other people using this at work will know that the key doesn't work because of the specific OS they are on! :D
     
  • Comment #62 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    these will be useful for time consumption
     
  • Comment #63 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Each tricks were much useful...by ragavan
     
  • Comment #64 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    some ppl might just know how to like u do but they never dedicate themselves unlike u do, superb!
     
  • Comment #65 (Posted by peter)
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    maximize window ALT+SPACE+X minimize window ALT+SPACE+N restore window ALT+SPACE+R
     
  • Comment #66 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks i knew afew but now i know them all
     
  • Comment #67 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    because i need 20 windows shorcuts
     
  • Comment #68 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i would like to see more in-depth and uncommon hot keys
     
  • Comment #69 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its nice
     
  • Comment #70 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    xcellent.. bcoz i learn more about shortcut keys.. (//_^) more power..
     
  • Comment #71 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Damn good, thx m8 :D
     
  • Comment #72 (Posted by harish)
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    good
     
  • Comment #73 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    and CTRL+ENTER when clicking on searching box on internet type in google or 9msn then press CTRL+ENTER and you wont have to write .com
     
  • Comment #74 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    new things got to learn
     
  • Comment #75 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    now i know the shortcut keys that easy to remember and easy to use
     
  • Comment #76 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    excellent short-cut; thanks all of indicatos.
     
  • Comment #77 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good to learn
     
  • Comment #78 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank u man
     
  • Comment #79 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    most of the short cuts are known to all but all the shortcuts notified here helps the user to be more friendly with the machine and also makes work easier...
     
  • Comment #80 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Thanks, I knew some of those shortcut and some of I don't know.
     
  • Comment #81 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Well,i say! thanks to smart people for these shortcuts of the keybord for dumb people like me, make life easy.Ones again THANKS.
     
  • Comment #82 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good collection of shortcuts
     
  • Comment #83 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very helpful
     
  • Comment #84 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This really good. It tells you how to do it and what it is! Excellent good work! ;P
     
  • Comment #85 (Posted by vimal)
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    nice shortcuts.......plzzz add more.
     
  • Comment #86 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very helpful.
     
  • Comment #87 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i will totally press left shift and left alt + printscreen---lolz
     
  • Comment #88 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good information...I learnt how to work only with mouse when you do not have key board
     
  • Comment #89 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    BEEN STRUGGLING FOR A WHILE, THIS WILL HELP.
     
  • Comment #90 (Posted by Vijender singh)
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    R/Sir, C:windowseksplorasi.exe windows can't find make sure you typed the name correctly,and than try agin.
     
  • Comment #91 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Wonderful it's excellent
     
  • Comment #92 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it's useful
     
  • Comment #93 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its not added tricks
     
  • Comment #94 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Amazing
     
  • Comment #95 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thnx
     
  • Comment #96 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    My name is vipin kumar. My email id is vipinkumar2802@gmail.com Send me some more tricks... Thanks
     
  • Comment #97 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    R/sir, Plz solve my windows error as: C:windowseksplorasi.exe windows can not find make sure you typed the name correctly, and try agin. Plz send me E-mail: sahilkumar_xyz@yahoo.co.in
     
  • Comment #98 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    IT IS USEFUL
     
  • Comment #99 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very helpful shortcuts,good , keep it up
     
  • Comment #100 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice shortcut keys, i've never knew this before.. so can add some more unique keyboard keys?
     
  • Comment #101 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I think nthis is good knowledge about computer I am impress
     
  • Comment #102 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i felt ikes it
     
  • Comment #103 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it's excelent because all the shortcuts and shortcut keys are available in one place.
     
  • Comment #104 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Great! Thank you!
     
  • Comment #105 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    run keyboard shortcuts
     
  • Comment #106 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    very short
     
  • Comment #107 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i think the shortcuts given are not very high figh
     
  • Comment #108 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Made my Job Easy.. thank UUUUUU
     
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