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Windows Shortcuts and Windows Tips

Windows Tips

Common Dialog "Save As" defaults

I use WIN XP Pro and have a question about an annoyance in the "open", "Save", or "Save As" dialog box that appears with just all programs and Internet explorer.

It seems the "open ", "Save", or "Save As" dialog box defaults to the "List" view to show files. I all ways have to change to the "Details" view each time I use the "open" selection. A real time waster when you open many files.

Is there any way to set the default value to open to the "Details" view? I have searched and been unable to find any settings.

Open a common dialog box, change the view to the one you want, and then hit Ctrl/Cancel. Yes, it's counterintuitive, but this solution is in Ed Bott's book "Windows XP Inside and Out" and it works.

Windows Schortcuts

Microsoft Natural Keyboard (Windows) keys
Shortcut            Action     

Application key or
SHIFT+F10              Display pop-up menu for selected object.
Windows logo key       Display Start menu.     
WIN+F1                 Start Help.     
WIN+TAB                Cycle through taskbar buttons.     
WIN+E                  Start Windows Explorer.     
WIN+F                  Find files or folders.     
WIN+CTRL+F             Find computer.     
WIN+M                  Minimize All.     
SHIFT+WIN+M            Undo Minimize All.
WIN+R                  Display Run dialog box.     
WIN+BREAK              Hot key used to display System Properties
                       dialog box; reserved for system use.     
WIN+number             Reserved for manufacturer’s use

Microsoft Windows General Keyboard-only Commands

The following table shows commands for completing actions from the keyboard. General keyboard-only commands

Shortcut Action

ALT+ESC              Display next window.     
ALT+SPACE            Display pop-up window for window.     
ALT+HYPHEN           Display pop-up window for active child window.     
ALT+ENTER            Display properties.     
  letter in
  menu bar           Carry out corresponding command on 
                     main menu bar, such as Format menu bar. 
 letter in menu 
 item                Carry out corresponding command 
                     of menu item, such as Font command, 
                     located in Format menu.    
ALT+F4               Close application or window.     
ALT+F6               Switch to next window in application. 
ALT+TAB              Switch to window you last used, or switch to 
                       another window by holding down ALT and
                       repeatedly pressing TAB.     

ALT+PRINT SCREEN     Copy active window to Clipboard.     
PRINT SCREEN         Copy desktop to Clipboard.     
CTRL+F4              Close current window in (MDI) programs.     
CTRL+F6              Display next child window.     
CTRL+ALT+DEL         Task List.     
F1                   Start Help.     
F10                  Go to menu mode.     
SHIFT+F10            Display context menu for selected item.     
CTRL+ESC             Display Start menu and move focus to taskbar. 
CTRL+ESC, ESC        Move focus on taskbar so you can use TAB 
                       and then SHIFT+F10 for context menu,
                       or use TAB and arrow key to change 
                       tasks, or use TAB to go to desktop. 
ALT+TAB             Switch to next running application.     
ALT+M               When focus is on taskbar or desktop, minimize
                       all windows and move focus to desktop. 
ALT+S               When no windows are open and no items are
                       selected on desktop, display Start menu;
                       then use arrow keys to select menu commands.     

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