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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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Pressing the cursor keys doesn’t move the little mouse-pointer arrow around on the screen. Instead, cursor keys control your position inside a program, letting you type information in the right place.
The Windows key: Eager to make money from selling keyboards and software, Microsoft came out with a bold new design: the Microsoft Natural Keyboard, which includes special Windows keys. (The keys, which straddle your spacebar, boast a little Windows icon like the icon on your Start button.) Pressing the Windows key opens the Start menu, which can be done at the click of a mouse, anyway. Ho hum. A little key next to the Windows key—the one with the little mouse pointer and menu—quickly opens menus. Table 2-2 shows more things the Windows key can do—if you can remember them.
Table 2-2 Windows Key Shortcuts
To Do This Press This
Display Windows XP Help <Windows Key>+F1
Display the Start menu <Windows Key>
Cycle through the taskbar's buttons <Windows Key>+Tab
Display Windows Explorer <Windows Key>+E
Find files <Windows Key>+F
Find other computers on the network Ctrl+<Windows Key>+F
Minimize or restore all windows <Windows Key>+D
Undo minimize all windows Shift+<Windows Key>+M
Chapter 2: Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts
More key principles
These keyboard keys may sound confusing, but Windows still makes you use them a lot:
Shift: Just as on a typewriter, this key creates uppercase letters or the symbols %#@$—the traditional G-rated swear words.
W Alt: Watch out for this one! When you press Alt (which stands for Alternate), Windows does one of two bothersome things: It moves the cursor IjOJ! to the little menus at the top of the current window, or it underlines a single letter in your menus. To go back to normal, press Alt again.
Num Lock: Pressing this key toggles your numeric keypad (described in the preceding section) from displaying numbers to controlling the cursor.
Ctrl: This key (which stands for Control) works like the Shift key, but it’s for weird computer combinations. For example, holding down the Ctrl key while pressing Esc (described next) brings up the Windows XP Start menu.
Esc: This key (which stands for Escape) was a pipe dream of the computer’s creators. They added Esc as an escape hatch from malfunctioning computers. By pressing Esc, the user was supposed to be able to escape from whatever inner turmoil the computer was currently going through. Esc doesn’t always work that way, but give it a try. It sometimes enables you to escape when you’re trapped in a menu or a dastardly dialog box. (Those traps are described in Chapter 5.)
Scroll Lock: This one’s too weird to bother with. Ignore it. (It’s no relation to a scroll bar, either.) If a little keyboard light glows next to your Scroll Lock key, press the Scroll Lock key to turn it off. (The key’s often labeled Scrl Lk or something equally obnoxious.)
Delete: Press the Delete key (sometimes labeled Del), and the unlucky character sitting to the right of the cursor disappears. Any highlighted information disappears as well. Poof.
Backspace: Press the Backspace key, and the unlucky character to the left of the cursor disappears. The Backspace key is on the top row, near the right side of the keyboard; it has a left-pointing arrow on it. Oh, and the Backspace key deletes any highlighted information, too.
Chapter 2: Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts
If you’ve goofed, hold down Alt and press the Backspace key. This action undoes your last mistake in most Windows XP programs. (Holding down Ctrl and pressing Z does the same thing.)
Insert: Pressing Insert (sometimes labeled Ins) puts you in Insert mode. As you type, any existing words are scooted to the right, letting you add stuff. The opposite of Insert mode is Overwrite mode, where everything you type replaces any text in its way. Press Insert to toggle between these two modes.
Ugly disclaimer: Some Windows XP programs—Notepad, for example— are always in Insert mode. There’s simply no way to move to Overwrite mode, no matter how hard you pound the Insert key.
Enter: This key works pretty much like a typewriter’s Return key, but with a big exception: Don’t press Enter at the end of each line when typing documents. A word processor can sense when you’re about to type off the edge of the screen. It herds your words down to the next line automatically. So just press Enter at the end of each paragraph.
You’ll also want to press Enter when Windows XP asks you to type something—the name of a file, for example, or the number of pages you want to print—into a special box. (Clicking a nearby OK button often performs the same task.)
Caps Lock: If you’ve mastered the Shift Lock key on a typewriter, you’ll be pleased to find no surprises here. (Okay, there’s one surprise: Caps Lock affects only your letters. It has no effect on punctuation symbols or the numbers along the top row.)
Tab: There are no surprises here, either, except that Tab is equal to five spaces in some word processors and eight spaces in others. Still, other word processors enable you to set Tab to whatever number you want. Plus, a startling Tab Tip follows.
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