Windows Navigation Commands

To view or display the properties of the selected file or object, press Alt+Enter. To open the shortcut menu or display the system menu for the active window, press Alt+Spacebar. To close the active document in Programs that enables you to edit multiple documents, press Control+F4. To switch between all open programs, press Alt+Tab. To cycle through items in the order they have been opened, press Alt+Escape. To cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop, press F6. To display the AddressBar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer, press F4. To display the shortcut menu for the selected item, press Shift+F10. To activate the menu bar in the active program, press F10. To open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu, press Right Arrow. To open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu, press Left Arrow. To update the active window, press F5. To view the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer, press Backspace. To cancel the current task, press Escape. To prevent a CD or DVD from automatically playing, hold down the Shift Key for about twenty seconds after inserting the disc. Finally, to open the Run dialog, press Windows+R. Then type in the website or path to a file or program on your local computer. For example, if you have no speech, type narrator followed by Enter to get Microsoft's limited, but better-than-nothing Narrator screen reader. Better yet, try typing and press Enter. If Internet Explorer is the default web browser, you can log into System Access to Go and have speech on the otherwise unusable computer. When finished, simply press Modifier+F4 to shut down System Access and SAMNet.

Last modified December 10, 2014

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