Run Shortcuts for Control Panel

by on March 16, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows, Windows XP

The Run dialog gives you easy access to many different programs and options. To get to the Run dialog, click the Start button, then click Run. Type in the command and press Enter, to launch it. For example, type “control folders” (without the quotes) in the Run dialog and press ENTER.

Here is a list of commands to use, and what they do:

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Shutdown/Restart Computer From Quick Launch Toolbar

I’m writing this tip for people who are extremely lazy to go all the way from the Start menu to shut down or restart their computer. The following trick gets you shortcut icons to shutdown/restart your computer.

This tip from will allow you to create buttons in your quick launch toolbar to quickly and easily shut down and/or restart your computer.

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Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows

by on February 28, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows

Huge Keyboard Shortcut List
What is the allure of keyboard shortcuts? Do they really save time? Why bother since my mouse is permanently attached to my hand?
I like to use keyboard shortcuts, especially if someone is watching me, because they make me look like a pro. With just a few key strokes I can leave a mouser spinning his wheel! Whatever your motivation, here’s a big list of keyboard shortcuts:


ALT- F4 – Quit a program / Shut down
ALT-TAB – Hold down the ALT key and hit tab to cycle through open windows.
CTL-ESCAPE – Display the Start menu
SHIFT – TAB – tab backwards through a form
CTRL – X – Cut
CTRL – C – Copy
CTRL – V – Paste
F1 – Help menu
CTRL – Z – Undo
SHIFT & Restart – To restart just windows and not your whole computer, hold down the shift key when you click the OK button on the shutdown screen. Saves lots of time. (not for XP)
CRTL-TAB – Navigate tabs on a tabbed screen


Hold SHIFT while inserting a CD – Prevents the CD from “autorunning”
If an item is selected:
CTRL while dragging a file – Copies the file
CTRL – SHIFT while dragging a file – Creates a shortcut to the file
SHIFT – DELETE – Deletes an item without sending it to the recycle bin.
ALT-ENTER – Display a file’s properties.
F2 – To rename the file
In Windows Explorer:
LEFT ARROW – Collapse the current selection if it is expanded
NUM LOCK-MINUS SIGN (-) – Collapse the selected folder
RIGHT ARROW – Expand the current selection if it is collapsed -Or- Select the first subfolder
NUM LOCK- * Expand all folders below the current selection
NUM LOCK- PLUS SIGN (+) – Expand the selected folder
F6 – Switch between left and right panes

In My Computer:
BACKSPACE – View the folder one level up
ALT- RIGHT ARROW – Move forward to a previous view
ALT- LEFT ARROW -Move backward to a previous view

For Internet Explorer 6 and Netscape 7 (may work in older versions)
Open History Window Ctrl+H
Reload Ctrl+R
Back (Previous Page) Alt+Left Arrow or Alt+Backspace
Forward (Next Page) Alt+Right Arrow
Stop Esc
Home Alt+Home
Go to Bottom of Page End
Go to Top of Page Home
New Window Ctrl+N
Close WIndow Ctrl+W
Go Up one Line Up Arrow
Go Down One Line Down Arrow
Full Screen (toggle) F11
Find on Page Ctrl+F
Add Current Page to Favorites Ctrl+D
Print Current Page
or Active Frame Ctrl+P
Organize Favorites (IE)/
Manage Bookmarks (NS)
Maximize a Window Alt+Space+x
Minimize a window Alt+Space+N
Scroll page up Alt+Up Arrow
Scroll page down Alt+Down Arrow

Internet Explorer ONLY

Open Favorites Bar Ctrl+I
Select text in address bar Alt+D
Force Reload (not from cache) Ctrl+F5
A faster way to type in addresses with IE is to just type in the name of the site:
and hit CTRL + Enter. The “http://www. ” and “.com” will be added for you! Read more..