Are you taking full advantage of the row of keys across the top of the keyboard that are known as function keys? They are the ones labeled F1 through F12. They provide a variety of hotkey shortcuts in numerous Windows applications but many people pay them scant attention.
Their exact function may vary from application to application but there are some general rules as well. Here are some of the common shortcuts that use these keys; learn these hotkeys and save time and effort.
|F1||Brings up a Help window in many applications, including browsers, Microsoft Office and others|
|F2||Renames a selected object|
|F3||Opens search box in browsers|
|F4||Displays the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer (Windows XP)|
|F5||Updates the active Window. Useful to refresh a displayed page in a browser|
|F6||Cycles through the screen elements in a window|
|F7||Turn on/off Caret Mode (Firefox). Performs Spell and Grammar check (MS Word)|
|F8||Extend selection (MS Office)|
|F9||Updates fields (MS Office)|
|F10||Activates menu bar options|
|F11||Toggles between full screen and normal display in browsers|
|F12||Opens "Save as" dialog (MS Office)|
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