5 Cool Windows XP Tips

Stretching the taskbar
Sometimes your taskbar gets a little tight and cramped for room. When this happens, give it a stretch.
First, unlock your taskbar by right-clicking the taskbar, and then clicking Lock the Taskbar if it is selected (this will un-select it). Scroll your mouse over the top edge of the taskbar until you see the vertical resize cursor (arrow pointing up and down). Click, hold and drag the top of the taskbar up. Isn't that better? Once you find a place where you like it, you should re-select Lock the Taskbar

Adding a special character
There are probably one or two special characters that you use regularly (for example, ® and ©). It can be a real time-waster to open your Character Map every time you want to insert one of these symbols. So don't! Open the Character Map by clicking Start, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Accessories. Click System Tools, and then click Character Map. Click the © symbol. Notice that the bottom-right corner of the Character Map shows the keyboard shortcut used to insert the special character. Write it down for later use. When you want to insert that character, here's the trick: Position the cursor where you want to insert the special character, then with NUM LOCK key on, hold down the ALT key and use the number pad keys to type the character value.
Open files with one click
It just makes sense that if you can do the same thing in Windows with a single click of the mouse that you can do with two clicks, you'd take the shorter route, right?
If you want to change your two clicks to one, click Start, click My Computer. Under the Tools menu, click Folder Options. Now click the General tab in the dialog box, click Single-click to open an item (point to select), and then click OK. This makes everything in Windows exactly one click faster.
Change your pointer scheme
The first thing I do when I get a new computer is head straight for the cursors and change them. It's not that the default ones are bad; I've just been using the same ones forever and I'm not comfortable using anything else. If you want to change your pointer scheme, click Start, and then click Control Panel. In Category View (vs. Classic View) click on Printers and Other Hardware, and then click on Mouse. Click the Pointers tab and browse the available themes. Select the one that suits you best, and then click OK.
Change the power button
I rarely ever shut down my computer; instead, I tend to put my system into stand by mode. Here's a clever way to speed up this task and make your computer's power button put your computer into stand by for you. Click Start and open the Control Panel. In Category View, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click Power Options. In the Power Options Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab. Under Power Buttons, select Stand by in the When I press the power button on my computer area, and then click OK. Now, when you push your computer's power button, your system will immediately go to stand by.


Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts

1I had so much fun assembling the Windows XP Keyboard Shortcuts, and they proved to be so popular, that I put together another one just for Firefox. In addition to the shortcuts, I included additional reference information for configuring Firefox.

Download the Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts tri-fold. Just as with the latest version of the Windows XP Keyboard Shortcuts, do not forget to print double-sided on a single sheet of paper. Also be sure to validate the driver is set to print in landscape.


3D Studio Max Keyboard shortcuts.

Information:This guide is based on 3D Studio Max 7.

Snaps Action Table :
Snap To Edge/Segment Toggle : Alt+F10
Snap To Endpoint Toggle : Alt+F8
Snap To Face Toggle : Alt+F11
Snap To Grid Points Toggle : Alt+F5
Snap To Midpoint Toggle : Alt+F9
Snap To Pivot Toggle : Alt+F6
Snap To Vertex Toggle : Alt+F7

Main UI :

Adaptive Degradation Toggle : O
Align : Alt+A
Angle Snap Toggle : A
Arc Rotate View Mode : Ctrl+R
Auto Key Mode Toggle : N
Background Lock Toggle : Alt+Ctrl+B
Backup Time One Unit : ,
Bottom View : B
Camera View : C
Clone : Ctrl+V
Cycle Active Snap Type : Alt+S
Cycle Selection Method : Ctrl+F
Cycle Snap Hit : Alt+Shift+S
Default Lighting Toggle : Ctrl+L
Delete Objects : .
Disable Viewport : D
Display as See-Through Toggle : Alt+X
Environment Dialog Toggle : 8
Expert Mode Toggle : Ctrl+X
Fetch : Alt+Ctrl+F
Forward Time One Unit : .
Front View : F
Go to End Frame : End
Go to Start Frame : Home
Hide Cameras Toggle : Shift+C
Hide Geometry Toggle : Shift+G
Hide Grids Toggle : G
Hide Helpers Toggle : Shift+H
Hide Lights Toggle : Shift+L
Hide Particle Systems Toggle : Shift+P
Hide Shapes Toggle : Shift+S
Hide Space Warps Toggle : Shift+W
Hold : Alt+Ctrl+H
Isometric User View : U
Left View : L
Lock User Interface Toggle : Alt+0
Material Editor Toggle : M
Maximize Viewport Toggle : Alt+W
MAXScript Listener : F11
New Scene : Ctrl+N
Normal Align : Alt+N
Open File : Ctrl+O
Pan View : Ctrl+P
Pan Viewport : I
Percent Snap Toggle : Shift+Ctrl+P
Perspective User View : P
Place Highlight : Ctrl+H
Play Animation : /
Quick Align : Shift+A
Quick Render : Shift+Q
Redo Scene Operation : Ctrl+Y
Redo Viewport Operation : Shift+Y
Redraw All Views : `
Render Last : F9
Render Scene Dialog Toggle : F10
Restrict Plane Cycle : F8
Restrict to X : F5
Restrict to Y : F6
Restrict to Z : F7
Save File : Ctrl+S
Scale Cycle : Ctrl+E
Select All : Ctrl+A
Select Ancestor : PageUp
Select and Move : W
Select and Rotate : E
Select By Name : H
Select Child : PageDown
Select Children : Ctrl+PageDown
Select Invert : Ctrl+I
Select None : Ctrl+D
Selection Lock Toggle : Space
Set Key Mode : '
Set Keys : K
Shade Selected Faces Toggle : F2
Show Floating Dialogs : Ctrl+`
Show Main Toolbar Toggle : Alt+6
Show Safeframes Toggle : Shift+F
Show Selection Bracket Toggle : J
Snap To Frozen Objects Toggle : Alt+F2
Snaps Toggle : S
Snaps Use Axis Constraints Toggle : Alt+D, Alt+F3
Sound Toggle : \
Spacing Tool : Shift+I
Spot/Directional Light View : Shift+4
Sub-object Level Cycle : Insert
Sub-object Selection Toggle : Ctrl+B
Top View : T
Transform Gizmo Size Down : -
Transform Gizmo Size Up : =
Transform Gizmo Toggle : X
Transform Type-In Dialog Toggle : F12
Undo Scene Operation : Ctrl+Z
Undo Viewport Operation : Shift+Z
Update Background Image : Alt+Shift+Ctrl+B
View Edged Faces Toggle : F4
Viewport Background : Alt+B
Virtual Viewport Pan Down : NumPad 2
Virtual Viewport Pan Left : NumPad 4
Virtual Viewport Pan Right : NumPad 6
Virtual Viewport Pan Up : NumPad 8
Virtual Viewport Toggle : NumPad /
Virtual Viewport Zoom In : NumPad +
Virtual Viewport Zoom Out : NumPad -
Wireframe / Smooth+Highlights Toggle : F3
Zoom Extents All Selected : Z
Zoom Extents All : Shift+Ctrl+Z
Zoom Extents : Alt+Ctrl+Z
Zoom In 2X : Alt+Shift+Ctrl+Z
Zoom Mode : Alt+Z
Zoom Out 2X : Alt+Shift+Z
Zoom Region Mode : Ctrl+W
Zoom Viewport In : [, Ctrl+=
Zoom Viewport Out : ], Ctrl+-

Track View

Add Keys : A
Apply Ease Curve : Ctrl+E
Apply Multiplier Curve : Ctrl+M
Assign Controller : C
Copy Controller : Ctrl+C
Expand Object Toggle : O
Expand Track Toggle : Enter, T
Filters : Q
Lock Selection : Space
Lock Tangents Toggle : L
Make Controller Unique : U
Move Highlight Down : Down Arrow
Move Highlight Up : Up Arrow
Move Keys : M
Nudge Keys Left : Left Arrow
Nudge Keys Right : Right Arrow
Pan : P
Paste Controller : Ctrl+V
Scroll Down : Ctrl+Down Arrow
Scroll Up : Ctrl+Up Arrow
Snap Frames : S
Zoom : Z
Zoom Hrizontal Extents Keys : Alt+X


Visual Studio shorucut keys

Here is my current list of keyboard shortcut that i frequently use at work. An asterisk (*) means a custom keyboard mapping that i am using. I'm currently on a one week no-mouse therapy hopefully to learn more to use the keyboard.

Visual Studio
Ctrl+Alt+L : Solution Explorer
Ctrl+Alt+S : Server Explorer
Ctrl+Alt+- : *Collapse all projects from Solution Explorer(macro)
Ctrl+Alt+0 : *Run Tests (TD.NET)
Ctrl+Alt+9 : *Debug Tests (TD.NET)
Ctrl+Alt+8 : *View Output Window
Ctrl+Alt+7 : *View Find Results Window
Ctrl+Alt+6 : *Run on (running scripts to data connections)
Shift+Escape : Close Tool Window
Ctrl+Alt+P : Attach to Process (Resharper overrides this one)
Ctrl+Shift+E : *Enable All Breakpoints
Ctrl+Shift+D : *Disable All Breakpoints
Ctrl+Shift+F9 : Remove all Breakpoints
F5 : Debug Start
Shift+F5 : Debug Stop

I suggest you print a hardcopy of the Resharper keymap pdf here and post it in your desk wall.
Ctrl+N : Find by type
Ctrl+Shift+N : Find by file
Alt+F7 : Find usage
Ctrl+Alt+U : Find usage window
Ctrl+Down : Next method
Ctrl+Up : Previous method
Ctrl+Alt+B : Go to inheritors
Ctrl+U : Go to base
Ctrl+B : Go to Declaration
Shift+F6 or F2 : Rename
Ctrl+Shift+R : Refactor
Ctrl+Alt+Space : Type name completion
Ctrl+Space : Basic code completion (including suggested variable name)
Ctrl+P : Show parameters
Ctrl+Q : Quick documentation popup (don't forget ctrl+escape is close tool window)
Ctrl+F12 : File Structure Popup (this has a hidden search feature, just type the initial letters of the member name, press enter to go to its declaration)
Ctrl+Shift+V : Clipboard Popup (No need to access the clipboard ring tab)
Ctrl+Alt+F : Reformat code (not following coding standards eh, it's a breeze)
Alt+Insert : Generate Code (Overriding Equals and GetHashCode made easy)
Ctrl+E : Show recent files

F2 : Rename file
Alt+Down : Toggle dropdown
F6 : Go to address bar

/: Find text
F3 : Next Find
Ctrl+T : Open new Tab
Alt+Enter : Open in new tab the result of search if in quick search, location if in URL bar
Ctrl+L : Go to Location bar
Ctrl+K : Go to Web search bar

Virtual PC
Left Alt+Down : Minimize Virtual PC
Left Alt+Enter : Maximize
Left Alt+Delete : Next Find
Ctrl+T : Open new Tab
Alt+Enter : Open in new tab the result of search if in quick search, location if in URL bar

Remote Desktop
Ctrl+Alt+Pause : Switch from Full Screen to Windowed (i'd rather do the normal keyboard shortcuts in full screen)



See our Microsoft Word page for additional help and information.

Ctrl + A : Select all contents of the page.
Ctrl + B : Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + C : Copy selected text.
Ctrl + X : Cut selected text.
Ctrl + P : Open the print window.
Ctrl + F : Open find box.
Ctrl + I : Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K : Insert link.
Ctrl + U : Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + V : Paste.
Ctrl + Y : Redo the last action performed.
Ctrl + Z : Undo last action.
Ctrl + L : Aligns the line or selected text to the left of the screen.
Ctrl + E : Aligns the line or selected text to the center of the screen.
Ctrl + R : Aligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen.
Ctrl + M : Indent the paragraph.
Ctrl + Shift + F : Change the font.
Ctrl + Shift + > : Increase selected font +1pts up to 12pt and then increases font +2pts.
Ctrl + ] : Increase selected font +1pts.
Ctrl + Shift + < : Decrease selected font -1pts if 12pt or lower, if above 12 decreases font by +2pt.
Ctrl + [ : Decrease selected font -1pts. Ctrl + Shift + * : View or hide non printing characters. Ctrl + : Moves one word to the left.
Ctrl + : Moves one word to the right.
Ctrl + : Moves to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
Ctrl + : Moves to the end of the paragraph.
Ctrl + Del : Deletes word to right of cursor.
Ctrl + Backspace :Deletes word to left of cursor.
Ctrl + End : Moves the cursor to the end of the document.
Ctrl + Home : Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document.
Ctrl + Spacebar : Reset highlighted text to the default font.
Ctrl + 1 : Single-space lines.
Ctrl + 2 : Double-space lines.
Ctrl + 5 : 1.5-line spacing.
Ctrl + Alt + 1 : Changes text to heading 1.
Ctrl + Alt + 2 : Changes text to heading 2.
Ctrl + Alt + 3 : Changes text to heading 3.
Ctrl + F1 : Open the Task Pane.
F1 : Open Help.
Shift + F3 : Change the case of the selected text.
Shift + Insert : Paste.
F4 : Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
F5 : Open goto window.
F7 : Spell check selected text and/or document.
Shift + F7 : Activate the thesaurus.
F12 : Save as.
Shift + F12 : Save.
Alt + Shift + D : Insert the current date.
Alt + Shift + T : Insert the current time.