Keyboard Shortcut Result in Windows ® XP - General CTRL and A Selects all the items in the active window. Copies the item or items to the Clipboard and can be CTRL and C pasted using CTRL and V. CTRL and F Displays the Find all files dialog box. CTRL and G Displays the Go to folder dialog box. CTRL and N Displays the New dialog box. CTRL and O Displays the Open dialog box. CTRL and P Displays the Print dialog box. CTRL and S Displays the Save dialog box. CTRL and V Pastes the copied item or items from the Clipboard. CTRL and X Cuts the item or items selected to the Clipboard. CTRL and Z Undoes the last action. CTRL and F4 Closes the active document window. CTRL while dragging an item Copy the selected item CTRL+SHIFT with arrow keys Highlight a block of text CTRL+F4 Close the active document CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu Opens the next document window in the active CTRL and F6 application. back to top | © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com Keyboard Shortcut Result in Windows ® XP - General ALT+ENTER View the properties for the selected item ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program ALT+SPACEBAR Open the shortcut menu for the active window ALT+TAB Switch between the open items Cycle through items in the order that they had been ALT+ESC opened back to top | © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com Keyboard Shortcut Result in Windows ® XP - General F1 key Gives help on the active window or selected item. F2 key Rename the selected item F3 key Search for a file or a folder Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows F4 key Explorer F5 key Update the active window Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the F6 key desktop F10 key Activate the menu bar in the active program back to top | © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com Keyboard Shortcut Result in Windows ® XP - General Windows Logo Display or hide the Start menu Windows Logo+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box Windows Logo+D Display the desktop Windows Logo+M Minimize all of the windows Windows Logo+SHIFT+M Restore the minimized windows Windows Logo+E Open My Computer Windows Logo+F Search for a file or a folder CTRL+Windows Logo+F Search for computers Windows Logo+F1 Display Windows Help Windows Logo+ L Lock the keyboard Windows Logo+R Open the Run dialog box Windows Logo+U Open Utility Manager back to top | © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com Keyboard Shortcut Result in Windows ® XP - Dialogue Box TAB Move forward through the options SHIFT+TAB Move backward through the options CTRL+TAB Move forward through the tabs CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through the tabs Perform the corresponding command or select the ALT+Underlined letter corresponding option ENTER Perform the command for the active option or button SPACEBAR Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box F1 key Display Help F4 key Display the items in the active list Select a button if the active option is a group of option Arrow keys buttons Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the BACKSPACE Save As or Open dialog box Change the desktop background color in Windows XP ® Before you follow this tutorial you must read and agree to the terms of our disclaimer. Changing start menu If you are used to Windows 95/98/ME then when you first install Windows XP the start menu may look strange. Thankfully you can change this back to the "classic view" very easily, follow the guide below to change your start menu to something more familiar ;o) First right-click on the START button, then click on Properties from the menu that appears. Now you will see a box appear similar to that shown in fig 1.1, click on the Start Menu tab (as shown below) Now simply select the Classic Start Menu option as shown on the left and then click OK Now the start menu will look more familiar to those users of previous versions of windows. back to top | return to menu - © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com Change the desktop background color in Windows XP ® First right click on the desktop and then left click on Properties from the menu that appears. The Display properties dialogue box will appear, click on the Desktop tab as shown below. Next, click on the small arrow next to the current background colour (as seen above) to view available colours. A small selection of colours will appear, these are basic colours, if you want a more varied selection then click on other and you will be presented with a wider choice. When you have chosen a colour you can preview it by clicking on the apply button, when you are happy with your choice simply click the OK button. First right-click on the desktop and then left click on Properties from the menu that appears. The display properties dialogue box will appear as shown in fig 1.1 below, click on the settings tab at the top right of the box. Changing screen resolution in Windows XP ® The areas worth noting are: Screen Resolution This slide bar is what you use to change the resolution, the options you have will depend on your graphics card and monitor, but the standard options are 800x600, 1024x768 and 1152x864. Normally the default (in XP) is set to 800x600 which means the display will be 800 pixels wide and 600 pixels high. Color Quality This pull down box will contain the current colour options available, again this will depend on your grahics card and monitor, for best results select the highest option available. © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com Changing the Resolution To change your resolution simply slide the bar along to the resolution of your choice and then click the Apply button. After clicking Apply your screen will resize to the new resolution and you will be presented with a confirm dialogue box (see left), if you are happy with the way your screen looks then simply click Yes, if you would like to try a different resolution click No. When you have finished simply close the Display properties box. note: It is best to use your PC for a while in the new resolution to see if it is suitable for you. Changing Date/Time in Windows XP ® note: the background colour will only change if don't have a background image on your desktop. Changing Date/Time in Windows XP ® Changing the date and time The first thing to do is double click the clock on the taskbar, you will be presented with the Windows XP Date and Time Properties box. In fig 1.1 above you can see an example of a typical Windows XP Date and Time Properties box, we have pointed out the areas of interest. To adjust the date use the monthly calendar (A) along with the month selector (B) and year selector (C). To adjust the time, click on the part of the time you want to change (hour or minutes) D and then use the up and down arrows (E) to change it. To adjust the timezone click on the Timezone tab (F) and then select your timezone from the selection tool provided. The Internet Time tab (G) allows you to synchronise your PC's clock with an internet server Formatting a floppy disk in Windows XP ® Floppy disks usually need to be formatted before you can use them, although some blank floppy disks come pre-formatted but at some point you will want to format your own. Windows XP makes it easy to format floppy disks, you will find the process very straight forward by following the instructions below. First click on the START button, then click on My Computer on the start menu. note: if you are using the classic start menu then simply double click My Computer on the desktop. Next right click on the floppy drive icon (see below), then left click on the Format option from the menu that appears. Now you are presented with the Format Dialogue box as shown below in fig 1.1 © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com A few options are available: Capacity: This will depend on the floppy disk that you are formatting, most disks are now 1.44Mb, it is best to leave this option as it is. File System: FAT or NTFS, FAT is the normal file system for floppies, however if you have a utility installed to enable NTFS floppies then select NTFS, if you are unsure or FAT is the only option then just leave it on FAT. Allocation Unit Size: This should be left on the default unless you have a reason to change it. Volume Label: This is where you can enter a label for your floppy disk, simply type the name into the box, in our example we have named the disk NEW DISK. Quick Format: This option can be selected if the disk has previously been formatted and you just want to clear the data off the disk. Create an MS-DOS startup disk: This option can be used to copy system files over to make a bootable system disk (everyone should have at least one of these). Ms word Keyboard Shortcut Result in Microsoft Word CTRL and A Selects all in the current document. CTRL and B Bold text. Copies the item or text to the Clipboard and can be CTRL and C pasted using CTRL and V. CTRL and D Displays the Font dialogue box. CTRL and E Centre Alignment. Displays the Find dialog box, to search the current CTRL and F document. Displays the Go to dialog box, to go to a specific location CTRL and G in the current document. CTRL and H Displays the Replace dialogue box. CTRL and I Italic text. CTRL and J Full Justification. CTRL and K Create Hyperlink CTRL and L Left Alignment CTRL and M Tab CTRL and N Creates a new document. CTRL and O Displays the Open File dialogue box. CTRL and P Displays the Print dialog box. CTRL and R Right Alignment. CTRL and S Displays the Save dialog box. CTRL and U Underline text Pastes the copied item or text from the Clipboard into the CTRL and V current position in the document. CTRL and X Cuts the item or text selected to the Clipboard. CTRL and Y Redo the last undone action. CTRL and Z Undoes the last action. CTRL and ENTER Insert Page Break. CTRL and F2 Show Print preview. CTRL and F4 Closes the active document window. CTRL and F6 Opens the next document window. setting the homepage in Internet Explorer (r) First click on TOOLS on the main menu at the top of the screen, then click on INTERNET OPTIONS as see fig 1.1 below: next you will see the Internet Options dialogue box as shown below in fig 1.2 © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com Type in the address of the homepage you would like to set, or if it is the one you are currently visiting just click Use Current. then simply click on the OK button. adding favorites in Internet Explorer (r) You can also hold down CTRL and press D when you are at the page you want to add, but it is good to know your way around internet explorer. First click on the Favorites button as seen to the left. You will now see the favorites side bar. Click on ADD as shown in fig 1.1, this will add the webpage you are currently visiting. © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com clearing the cache history in Internet Explorer (r) You will now see the Add favorites dialogue box as shown in fig 1.2 above. If you want to change the title of the page change the text in the box provided. To save the page to your hard drive put a tick by the Make available offline option. When done simply click the OK button. Now you will see the page added to the list on the left, so, to quickly go to this page again in the future, first click the FAVORITES button, and then click on the name of the page in the Favorites Sidebar. When done simply click on the small X First click on TOOLS at the top of the screen, then click on INTERNET OPTIONS as shown below in fig 1.1: You will now see the Internet Options dialogue box as shown below in fig 1.2: © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com You can see several buttons, the procedure for clearing your history is: Click on the DELETE FILES button, again as shown on the left, this will delete the 'cached' elements that Internet Explorer has stored. It will prompt you for confirmation when you click the button. Clicking on the CLEAR HISTORY button as shown on the left will clear the box that appears with suggestions when you are typing in a web address. It will prompt you for confirmation when you click the button. Notice also that you can select how many days these suggestions are kept in history. Then simply click the OK button Keyboard Shortcuts in Internet Explorer (r) To Select all items on a webpage use CTRL and A. To Copy a selected item to the clipboard use CTRL and C. To Paste an item from the clipboard into a document use CTRL and V. To Add the current page/document to your favorites use CTRL and D. To Open the IE search utility use CTRL and E. To Open the FIND box to search the current document use CTRL and F. To Open the History utility use CTRL and H. To Open the Favorites utility use CTRL and I. To Go to a new location/document use CTRL and L. Also CTRL and O. To Open a new Explorer window use CTRL and N. To Print the current page/document use CTRL and P. To Refresh the current page/document use CTRL and R. Also you can use the F5 key. To Save the current document/page use CTRL and S. To Close the current Explorer window use CTRL and W. © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com These are achieved by holding down and pressing a combination of keys To go to your default homepage use ALT and the HOME key. To go forward one page (equivalent to the FORWARD button) use ALT and the right arrow key. To go back one page (equivalent to the BACK button) use ALT and the left arrow key. disabling cookies in Internet Explorer (r) First click on TOOLS at the top of the screen, then click on INTERNET OPTIONS as shown below in fig 1.1: Click on the Privacy Tab as shown below. Now click on the ADVANCED button. © Copyright 2001-2008 helpwithpcs.com You will now see the Advanced Privacy Settings dialogue box as seen in fig 1.1 below. Select the Override automatic cookie handling option as shown above. First Party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting and Third Party cookies refer to cookies that are set by a different site to the one you are visiting. You have 3 choices for each type of cookie: Accept - Accepts any cookies. Block - Blocks all cookies. Prompt - Asks you before storing a cookie. Session cookies are cookies that will expire when you have finished your session on the website (some websites need these cookies enabled to function correctly). Your choice for the 3 options will depend on your requirements, select whichever settings you want and then click the OK button.