Many RSI sufferers report that they feel less pain when typing compared to when mousing. Thus, a desire to avoid mouse as much as possible. Below are some tips from
by Susan Fulton (New York Times)
ALT+ SPACEBAR--opens control menu (like clicking on the symbol in the top left corner of a window, from which you select (perhaps using mouse, perhaps using arrow keys and enter) among restore, minimize, maximize, close, etc) SPACEBAR -- hitting this will finalize a selection of an item in a list or an icon on the screen that's only half- selected, i.e., there's a box around the name but full highlighting is not there. Also puts a checkmark or big dot in a little box or circle for you to check one of several options. ENTER -- will activate a selected item. Hitting Enter with a program icon selected will open the program. with a button highlighted, will activate the "button." It appears highlighted from the heavier line around it, or it might look like a depressed button. Hitting a letter key will take you to the first item in a dialogue box that begins with that letter. I.E., in open file dialogue box, hit w one or more times to go to the "Windows" folder in the list of stuff that appears on the C drive. This can save a whole lot of hand action. CTRL+z -- undo CTRL+y -- redo CTRL+a -- select all CTRL+x --cut CTRL+c --copy CTRL+v --paste CTRL+p – print CTRL+s --save CTRL+ALT+DEL--reboots the computer – eventually. First, it'll tell you what's hung up. CTRL+esc-- same as clicking on the "start button" in the taskbar area of the screen ALT+F4 shuts down the selected program. TAB--VERY USEFUL. takes you from one field to another, one "button" to another, one icon to another etc. SHIFT+TAB -- it tabs you backward HOME – to beginning of line or far left of field or screen. END --to end of line, or far right of field or screen. CTRL+home -- to the top CTRL+END -- to the bottom PAGE UP -- moves you up in your document or dialogue box by one page PAGE DOWN -- moves you down in your document or dialogue list by one page ARROW KEYS--these will move you about the screen or dialogue box, or menu, not just a document. Modifier keys like CTRL and SHIFT when pressed at same time as arrow keys or page up and page down will perform selection and larger movements. For instance, CTRL + right arrow jumps to next word, and SHIFT+CTRL+RIGHT ARROW selects the whole word. ESC -- to cancel, or get rid of something like box or window that popped up when you didn't want it (or if you change your mind) etc. ALT + the underlined letter in a menu item carries out the action. SHIFT+F10—like right click, brings up context menu ALT+TAB—cycles through open applications [ALT] + down arrow--opens up a "Drop down list" -those little arrows that sit next to fields in which you must make a choice, for instance in the "Look in" field of an "Open" dialogue box. [ALT] + TAB --holding down the [ALT] and hitting tab cycles you through open applications. Thus, to sign off windows 95: CTRL+ESC, UP, ENTER, ENTER. [Hot and Other Keys] *General folder / Windows Explorer shortcuts for a selected object: Keys Action ----------------------------------------------------------------- F2 Rename F3 Find CTRL+X, C, or V Cut, Copy, or Paste SHIFT+DELETE Delete immediately without putting the file in Recycle Bin ALT+ENTER Properties ALT+double-click Properties CTRL+right-click Put alternative verbs on the context menu (Open With) SHIFT+double-click Explore the object if it has an Explore command CTRL+drag a file to a folder Copy a file CTRL+SHIFT+drag a file to the desktop or a folder Create a shortcut CTRL+ESC,ESC,TAB,SHIFT+F10 Open taskbar properties [General control over folders/Windows Explorer] F4 (Explorer) Displays the combo box F5 Refresh F6 Switches between panes in Windows Explorer CTRL+G(Windows Explorer) Goto CTRL+Z Undo CTRL+A Select all BACKSPACE Goes to the parent folder SHIFT+
Closes this folder and all its parent folders [In Windows Explorer] Num* Expands everything under selection Num- Expands selection Num+ or Right arrow Collapses selection Right arrow Expands current selection if it's collapsed; otherwise goes to the first child. Left arrow Collapses current selection if it's expanded; otherwise goes to the parent [In Properties] CTRL+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Switches between Properties tabs [In Open/Save Common Dialog Boxes] F4 Drop down the location list F5 Refresh the view Backspace Go to parent folder if focus is on view window [General Keyboard-Only Commands] F1 Help F10 Goes to menu mode SHIFT+F10 Context menu for selected item CTRL+ESC Brings up Start menu CTRL+ESC, ESC Focus on the Start button SHIFT+F10 Context menu ALT+TAB Switch to the running program SHIFT while inserting CD Bypasses auto-run Alt+M when focus is on taskbar Minimizes all windows [Accessibility Shortcuts] Tap SHIFT 5 times Toggles StickyKeys on/off Hold down Right SHIFT for 8 seconds Toggles FilterKeys on/off Hold down NumLock for 5 seconds Toggles ToggleKeys on/off Left ALT+LEFT+SHIFT +NumLock Toggles MouseKeys on/off Left ALT+LEFT+SHIFT +PrintScreen Toggles HighContrast on/off [MS Natural Keyboard] Win+R Run dialog Win+M Minimize All Shift-Win+M Undo Minimize All Win+F1 Windows Help Win+E Explorer Win+F Find Files or Folders CTRL+Win+F Find Computer Win+Tab Cycle through taskbar buttons Win+Break PSS Hotkey... (System properties)
by Alan Cantor
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1. Use Alt + underlined character to select a menu. Or Press F10 to toggle menu mode. (Choose your method!) 2. Press the underlined character to select an item on a menu. 3. Use the first letter to select file names from a list (e.g., in Windows Explorer, on desktop, in folders.) This is often the fastest way to move around a long file list. 4. Useful key combos to experiment with: Tab; Ctrl + Tab; Ctrl + PgUp; Ctrl + PgDown. Hold down these in combination with Shift key to change direction. 5. Other useful shortcut keys: Spacebar; Home; End; Ctrl+ Home; Ctrl + End. 6. Task switching: Alt + Tab and Alt + Esc. The latter is not well known, but indispensible. 7. "Delete" key often deletes an item. 8. Backspace key moves "up" one level in a directory tree. Works in folders and with Windows Explorer. (See what I mean about lousy keyboard interface? NOt exactly intuitive, is it?) 9. Press Spacebar to select an item, Enter to "double click." 10. Keyboard shortcuts that almost always work: Start menu: Ctrl + Esc. Cancel: Esc. Exit: Alt + F4. Open, New, Save, Bold, Italic, Underline : Ctrl O, N, S, B, I, U. Undo: Ctrl + Z or Alt + Bkspace.