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« on: November 21, 2012, 03:33:52 AM »

I want to nominate ctrl-backspace for keyboard shortcut of the day. I have been using pcs for close to 20 years now and never realised that you could remove the previous word using ctrl-backspace!

Any unusual shortcuts you think we should know about?
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 03:56:15 AM »

Oh dear. I didn't know that. That's a good one.  thumbs up
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 04:23:38 AM »

Me neither - that's a great one.
I was always very impressed by how in the early days of desktop, everything would be done with shortcuts/keyboard. (I know they had no choice.)

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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 12:00:54 PM »

Another one that's been around for awhile (and is probably seldom used) is now imperative if you want to logoff of (not disconnect from) an RDP session to a Windows 8 or Server 2012 machine is Ctrl + Alt + End. I've been using it and Ctrl + Alt + Break (toggle Remote Desktop full screen mode (So the Win key works on the remote box)) quite a bit lately on a Client's 2012 Server.
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 12:04:09 PM »

Yeah, count me in for not knowing any of those.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2012, 03:04:56 AM »

Like to remember Ctrl+Del along with Ctrl+Backspace.  A bit of a bummer when I find apps that don't support them...
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2012, 03:22:41 AM »

Shift+Insert is the same as Ctrl-V (Paste)
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2012, 09:56:32 AM »

The 'Apps' key (between right Alt and Ctrl) gives you the context menu, but it wont toggle the *§$%* thing. So you have to use your mouse to click elsewhere if you raise the menu by mistake;

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Shift+F10 toggles the context menu smiley

I used AHK to change the Apps key to Shift+F10 (forgot to add it to this machine - just did, seems to work as intended)-

Formatted for Autohotkey with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. Appskey::+F10
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2012, 12:49:23 PM »

I'm always amazed that so few people know these:

- Ctrl-Shift-Esc to launch Task Manager
- Win-Break to open System Properties
and much more Win related shortcuts,

and (not really a keyboard shortcut, though)
- double-click on titlebar to maximize/restore an app
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2012, 05:55:39 PM »

Shift+Insert is the same as Ctrl-V (Paste)

I have found this one to be helpful in multi-platform contexts  thumbs up
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2012, 05:57:53 PM »

I'm always amazed that so few people know these:

- Ctrl-Shift-Esc to launch Task Manager

Definitely handy.

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- Win-Break to open System Properties

Didn't know this one.

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and (not really a keyboard shortcut, though)
- double-click on titlebar to maximize/restore an app

I didn't use this one much until recently when I discovered an app that has a lot of problems (on one machine at least) with drawing (text gets garbled / shifted / etc.).  As a quick fix, I double-click on the title bar and repeat.  Often this leads to a fixed view of things.
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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2012, 05:59:10 PM »

The 'Apps' key (between right Alt and Ctrl) gives you the context menu, but it wont toggle the *§$%* thing. So you have to use your mouse to click elsewhere if you raise the menu by mistake;

I use the Esc key smiley

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Shift+F10 toggles the context menu smiley

Nice!
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2012, 03:30:21 AM »

Great contributions everyone smiley
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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2012, 05:45:48 AM »

The 'Apps' key (between right Alt and Ctrl) gives you the context menu, but it wont toggle the *§$%* thing. So you have to use your mouse to click elsewhere if you raise the menu by mistake;

I use the Esc key smiley
forgot about that option when posting embarassed
FWIW, the history:
I'm left-handed and am usually drawing with the mouse and trying to hit a Ctrl+Otherkey shortcut and I catch the corner of the apps key - then, using the keyboard, I would have to leave the mouse to hit escape, or hit it with my right hand, both of which are a pain, especially if it keeps happening.
For a long time I had the apps key 'converted' to the Control key but I missed it in other software - actually that was how I came across dc, trying to find out how to do that.
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2012, 06:28:00 AM »

- Win-Break to open System Properties

For a long time, I didn't know there was any other way to get to that.  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2012, 06:45:58 AM »

I'm left-handed and am usually drawing with the mouse and trying to hit a Ctrl+Otherkey shortcut and I catch the corner of the apps key - then, using the keyboard, I would have to leave the mouse to hit escape, or hit it with my right hand, both of which are a pain, especially if it keeps happening.

I'm not left-handed, but I use a trackball with that hand -- and as a trackball stays put, it turns out I can reach the Escape key with my left thumb smiley

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For a long time I had the apps key 'converted' to the Control key but I missed it in other software - actually that was how I came across dc, trying to find out how to do that.

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I find that Control+Escape has served me well over the years -- I wonder if it does anything in Windows 8...
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« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2012, 02:36:10 AM »

Shift+Insert is the same as Ctrl-V (Paste)

I have found this one to be helpful in multi-platform contexts  thumbs up

Don't forget the Ctrl + Ins to 'Copy'

There's one for 'Cut' too but I forget!
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« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2012, 06:09:58 AM »

There's one for 'Cut' too but I forget!

Shift + Del
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« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2012, 08:06:15 AM »

Just found that the Paste, Copy, and Cut ones appear to be via:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Common_User_Access#Description

May be there are some other things worth knowing there too...
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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2012, 11:38:51 AM »

There's one for 'Cut' too but I forget!

Shift + Del
Of course! Cheers
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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2012, 06:45:51 PM »

My favorite one is ctrl+z. Basically it's a an undo for last text block/word/selection.  Kiss
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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2012, 07:27:57 PM »

My favorite one is ctrl+z. Basically it's a an undo for last text block/word/selection.  Kiss

And, in some instances, Ctrl+Z can return/undo a deleted file or directory  Thmbsup.
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« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2012, 07:55:44 PM »

I wonder is there any alternative for Ctrl+Z?
(my keyboard is QWERTZ so the Z is not so easily accessible ....)
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2012, 08:30:24 PM »

Remap Ctrl+Y key to act like Ctrl+Z?

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Haven't tested it but it looks promising.
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2012, 10:09:49 PM »

Remap Ctrl+Y key to act like Ctrl+Z?

Um... Bad idea. Ctrl+Y is the (default) re-do compliment to Ctrl+Z's un-do
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