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Keyboard Shortcuts – Windows 2000

Published on June 10, 2006 in DIY Corner

We all know that (technically) you can use Win2K without a mouse attached at all. But we’ve gotten so spoiled clicking our way through
day-to-day tasks (myself included) that we often find ourselves handicapped when we use a system with an inoperative mouse or no mouse at all.

Also, in some instances, Microsoft has made using a mouse more difficult than using the keyboard. For example, you access the Find Computer function that I use so much by clicking Start, Find, Files or Folders, and then finding the Computers link under “Search for other items.” I find that approach extremely annoying; the Find Computer function was much more accessible in Windows NT.

Fortunately, there’s a 3-key sequence that takes me right to it!
So, without further delay, here’s a list of useful Win2K keyboard shortcuts that I’ve found.

Print this list and keep it handy!
– Ctrl+Esc: Launches the Start menu
– WIN+R: Launches the Run dialog box
– WIN+E: Launches an Explorer view (similar to double-clicking My Computer)
– WIN+F: Opens a Find – Files or Folders window
– Ctrl+WIN+F: Opens a Find – Computers window (my favorite shortcut!)
– Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Opens Task Manager
– WIN+M: Minimizes all windows on the desktop
– Shift+WIN+M: Restores windows after a WIN+M operation
– Shift+F10: Opens the Shortcut menu (i.e., the “right-click” menu) for a selected item – Holding down Shift while inserting a CD-ROM: Disables CD Autorun
– Alt+Enter: Brings up the properties dialog box for a selected item
– F3 in an Explorer window: Opens a Find – Files or Folders window using the current directory point as the starting location
– F2 with an item selected in an Explorer window: Lets you rename an item
– Ctrl+A: Selects all items/text in a window

Here’s another interesting keyboard tweak I found. Hold down the NumLock key on your keyboard for 5 seconds to open a dialog box that lets you enable ToggleKeys–an accessibility option I find particularly useful. ToggleKeys beeps whenever you activate Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock. I find this feature helpful because I use a wireless keyboard from Logitech that has no indicators for Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock (it would drain the batteries too quickly if it did). With ToggleKeys, I can hear whether my Caps Lock is enabled when I press the key.

Many other keyboard shortcuts exist, but these are the ones that I find most useful and most difficult to figure out when working at a keyboard-only system.

Hope this helps!

NOVA iT Support Team

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