word_gabAn easy and effective way to flip between open applications without having to go into each one to see if it is the application you need.

The key sequence:

“Alt” + “Tab”

 

The result:

Jump between the open applications on your Windows computer.

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The key sequence:

“Alt” + “Shift” + “Tab”

 

The result:

Jump backwards between the open applications on your Windows computer. If the Alt Tab is forwards, this is backwards 😉

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The key sequence:

“Win” + “Tab”

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The result:

Jump between the open applications on your Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer in a 3D view. Very Cool!

 

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The key sequence:

“Ctrl” + “

 

The result:

The cursor will jump to the beginning of the next word.

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The key sequence:

“Ctrl” + “

The result:

The cursor will jump to the beginning of the current word.

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The key sequence:

“Shift” + “End”

 

The result:

The cursor will jump to the end of the current line and highlight the enter line of text from the current cursor position.

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The key sequence:

“Shift” + “Home”

 

The result:

The cursor will jump to the beginning of the current line and highlight the enter line of text from the current cursor position.

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The key sequence:

The “End” key

 

The result:

The cursor will jump to the end of the current line.

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The key sequence:

The Ctrl + “End” key

 

The result:

The cursor will jump to the end of the current document.

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The key sequence:

The “Home” key

 

The result:

The cursor will jump to the beginning of the current line.

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The key sequence:

“Ctrl” + “Home” key

The result:

The cursor will jump to the beginning of the current document.

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The key sequence:

Ctrl + Shift + : and then the character, eg. e

 

The result:

The Afrikaans “deelteken”, in this case – “ë” – or called a “diaresis” in English.

deelteken


The key sequence:

Ctrl + Shift + ^ and then the character, eg. e

The result:

The Afrikaans “kappie” (sirkumfleks), in this case – “ê” – referred to as a “circumflex” in English

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The key sequence:

Ctrl + ` and then the character, eg e

The result:

The Afrikaans “gravis-aksent”, in this case – “è” – in English an “accent grave”

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The key sequence:

Ctrl + ‘ and then the character, eg e

The result:

The Afrikaans “akuut-aksent”, in this case – “é” – and in English an “accent aigu”

accent_e-akuutteken

Remember you can also change the MS Office products to work, spell and report screen messages in Afrikaans as well, have a look at our previous article on MS Word in Afrikaans. 


The key sequence:

Ctrl + V

 

The result:

Whatever information you have gathered with your Ctrl C, Ctrl X and any other means, can now be pasted into the document. If using paste from pull-down menus, there are often types of “paste” – like paste as unformatted text etc – but more on that in a future tip.

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The key sequence:

Ctrl + Z

 

The result:

A quick way to undo the last command or typing – and if you are really undecided, you can use Shift Ctrl + Z to redo the last command.

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The key sequence:

Ctrl + C

 

The result:

Copy the selected text into the clipboard (an area where all of your temporary text/images are stored when copy and pasting). Or in Windows terms – “Copy” the selected area. Very similar to the Ctrl X, but does not remove the text thereafter.

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Not exactly Ctrl C, but a form of copying 😉


The key sequence:

Ctrl + X

 

The result:

Copy the selected text into the clipboard (an area where all of your temporary text/images are stored when copy and pasting) and then remove the selected text all in one process. Or in Windows terms – “Cut” the selected area

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The key sequence:

Ctrl + A

 

The result:

Select everything possible of selecting on the current window. This is a great shortcut when doing a lot of copying from one window to another. A useful shortcut when using Ctrl C or X or V.

ctrl-a

 


The key sequence:

Alt + E

 

The result:

This is used to bring up the Edit menu on the application that is currently active.

This is a good shortcut, but with time, you will replace most of the “Alt E” with direct shortcuts like “Ctrl C” etc.

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In Office 2010, you will not get the Edit menu, but it will ask you to either continue with the old key sequence or just abort the key shortcut.

 

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A quick tip about Office shortcuts, remember than pressing the Alt key on it’s own brings up the quick key letters on the menu ribbon, so that at a glance you know which letter does what action.

 


 

The key sequence:

Alt + F

 

The result:

This is used to bring up your file menu on the application that is currently active.

I use it a lot in applications where they hide the menus away, like Firefox, Media Player etc – a simple “Alt + F” and there she is!

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