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PC shortcuts: answers to yesterday's quiz

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If you haven't already taken yesterday's quiz take the quiz then come back here for the answers.

Group 1 - in a browser
CTRL-2
CTRL-W

Answers:
CTRL-2 brings the second tab from the left to the foreground (brings it into focus, or makes it active).
CTRL-W deletes the currently active tab.

This shortcut group deletes the second tab from the left no matter where the cursor (focus) is before the shortcuts are executed. Note: CTRL-1 through CTRL-8 moves the focus to the given tab (1-8). CTRL-9 moves focus to the rightmost tab no matter how many tabs are open.

Group 2 - in a browser
CTRL-T (or ALT-D)
cnn
CTRL-ENTER

Answers:
CTRL-T opens a new tab, places it to the right of all open tabs and places the cursor in the address field of the new tab. Or ALT-D moves the cursor to the address field of the currently active tab.
cnn places those three letters in the address field.
CTRL-ENTER does two things: 1) it adds 'www.' at the beginning of the letters, and 2) adds '.com' to the end of the letters in the address field.

This shortcut group allows you to go to a new website with very little typing. Note: using CTRL-T as the first shortcut allows you to open a new site in a new tab. Using ALT-D allows you to open a new site in the current tab.

Group 3 - in Windows Explorer with one or more data files selected
ALT-ENTER
ALT-R
ENTER

Answers:
ALT-ENTER opens the properties window for the selected file or files.
ALT-R toggles the read-only checkbox-if it's checked it un-checks it, if it's not checked it checks it.
ENTER saves the changes made.

This shortcut group turns the read-only attribute in a file or group of files on or off. If you use templates in Word, for example, you can write-protect them by setting read-only. Then if you need to modify the template itself you can turn off read-only in three keystrokes, modify it and turn read-only back on in three keystrokes.

Group 4 - in any editor
CTRL-SHIFT-RIGHTARROW
CTRL-SHIFT-RIGHTARROW
SHIFT-DELETE
CTRL-RIGHTARROW
SHIFT-INSERT

Answers:
CTRL-SHIFT-RIGHTARROW highlights the current word
CTRL-SHIFT-RIGHTARROW highlights the next word
SHIFT-DELETE deletes the highlighted words and places them on the clipboard.
CTRL-RIGHTARROW moves (jumps) the cursor to the beginning of the next word.
SHIFT-INSERT pastes the clipboard contents (the two words) to the current cursor location.

This shortcut group moves two words to the right of the next word. It illustrates how you can quickly move words around in an editor. See this article for more about moving and selecting text.

Group 5 - in a browser
While holding CTRL, click three different links on the page
CTRL-TAB
CTRL-TAB
CTRL-TAB

Answers:
While holding CTRL, click three different links on the page opens the three links in a new tab 'in the background' (the current tab stays in focus).
CTRL-TAB moves to the next tab to the right (the first link you clicked on).
CTRL-TAB moves to the next tab to the right (the second link you clicked on).
CTRL-TAB moves to the next tab to the right (the third link you clicked on).

This shortcut group allows you to click on multiple links and 'save' them in new tabs, for later use, without leaving your current location.

Group 6 - in Windows Explorer with one data file selected
F2
CTRL-C
ESC

Answers:
F2 places the file name into edit mode.
CTRL-C copies the entire file name.
ESC exits edit mode.

This shortcut group allows you to quickly copy a file name.

Group 7 - in any editor
CTRL-C
CTRL-V
CTRL-V

Answers:
CTRL-C copies selected (highlighted) text to the clipboard.
CTRL-V pastes the clipboard text in the current location. Note: since text is already highlighted this replaces the highlighted text with the clipboard contents.
CTRL-V pastes the clipboard text in the current location.

This shortcut group makes a copy of the currently highlighted text and places it to the right of (or on the line below) the highlighted text. If you need to make more than one copy hit CTRL-V as many times as needed. Note: you can hit all three keys without ever taking your hand off of the CTRL key.

Group 8 - in a browser
CTRL-D
ENTER

Answers:
CTRL-D opens the 'save bookmark' dialog box.
ENTER bookmarks the current location and closes the 'save bookmark' dialog box.

This shortcut group allows you to quickly save a web page without taking your eyes off of the page.

Group 9 - in any editor with specific text highlighted
CTRL-C
CTRL-HOME
CTRL-F
CTRL-V
ENTER

Answers:
CTRL-C copies highlighted text to the clipboard.
CTRL-HOME moves cursor to the top of the document.
CTRL-F opens the 'find' dialog box.
CTRL-V pastes contents of the clipboard to the find dialog box.
ENTER goes to the first occurrence of the selected text.

This shortcut group finds the first occurrence of the selected text in the document. Note: you can hit the first four keys without ever taking your hand off of the CTRL key.

Group 10 - in a text entry field in a browser
CTRL-A
CTRL-C

Answers:
CTRL-A selects all of the text in the text field.
CTRL-C copies selected text to the clipboard.

This shortcut group allows you to quickly copy all of the text in a text box. Highlighting all of the text with the mouse is possible but much slower.

Results:
If you got 7-10 correct you are amazing with shortcuts.
If you got 4-6 correct you are pretty good but you should read the PC tip of the day articles.
If you got less than 4 correct read the articles and brush up on your shortcuts!

Thanks for taking the shortcuts quiz.

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