Shortcuts in Windows
This applies to Windows 7 and Vista
- The Windows keyboard
- Keyboard shortcut lists
- Creating shortcuts (See attachment for examples)
- Creating Keyboard Shortcuts for Shortcuts
- Creating shortcuts for files or folders
- Change the Icon
The Windows Keyboard
Ever wonder what the "Windows" button was for on the Keyboard? Here are a few common shortcuts:
Keyboard Shortcuts List
If you want a list of ALL the Keyboard shortcut keys, open this Macro to view them.
- Open Microsoft Word
- From the View tab, in the Macros group, choose Macros View Macros
- In the Macros in: box, select Word commands
- In the Macro name: box, select List Commands
- Click Run, note the List Commands dialog box opens
- Choose Current keyboard settings and click OK
You can create a link to open anything that you can create a path for, or even an Internet link. This is a two part operation done at once, i.e. create the shortcut and insert the "link/path".
To create the Shortcut
- Right mouse click the desktop
- Choose New, then Shortcut (the Create Shortcut dialog box will open)
- In the Type the location of the item box, enter your program, location or command (see attached examples)
- Click Next
- Give the shortcut a name
- Click Finish
Creating Keyboard Shortcuts for existing Shortcuts
You can create a Keyboard Shortcut for an existing shortcut to open it. To do this…
- Locate the shortcut icon
- Right mouse click the icon and choose Properties (The Shortcut tab should open)
- Click into the Shortcut Key box (It probably says "None")
- Select your keyboard shortcut e.g. Ctrl +Alt + Q (Its best to use 2 function keys e.g. Ctrl +Alt, to avoid overwriting existing keyboard shortcuts)
- Click OK
Creating Shortcuts for Folders or Files
You can create a shortcut for a file or a folder. The folder shortcut can be used to open it or if you want to put a file into the folder just drag it to the shortcut.
- Right mouse click the Folder (or file) icon
- Choose Create Shortcut
Note the shortcut will appear in the same folder
- Drag or Cut & Copy the Shortcut Icon to where you want it located (for example the Desktop)
You can use another drag method to create the shortcut, in this example to the Desktop.
- Minimise any open windows until you have a clear Desktop
- Open the folder that holds the file/folder you want to shortcut to, making sure you can see the Desktop behind the folder
- Locate the file or folder
Use this sequence:
- Click and hold the icon
- Hold down both the Shift key and the Ctrl key (on the keyboard) of the file or Folder
- Drag the icon to the Desktop
- Release the mouse
- Release Shift and Ctrl keys
This will create a shortcut to the file/folder. You can then move the shortcut to anywhere you like, including another folder and no matter where it is, it will always open the file/folder.
Change the Icon
You can change the Icon for your shortcuts.
To Change the Icon on the Shortcut
- Right mouse click the Icon and choose Properties. A dialog box opens
- Make sure the Shortcut tab is selected
- Click the Change Icon button (at the bottom of the page)
- Select an Icon and click OK
- Click OK in the dialog box to apply.