How to navigate Windows using a keyboard (updated)

How to navigate Windows using a keyboard:-

Navigating Microsoft Windows using the keyboard for many commonly performed tasks can surely increase your productivity. Also, a situation might arise when the mouse stops functioning or you need to work on a computer without the one. These following sections contain many kinds of key combinations used to navigate Windows using your keyboard. You can also navigate this document by just clicking on o1 of the links below, or you can scroll through the entire document and learn all of the methods individually. How to navigate Windows using a keyboard

Opening a program from the Start menu:-

To get start off, you can access the Microsoft Windows Start tab and Start Menu by pressing the Windows Key on the keyboard or by pressing the Control and Esc keys at the same time.

In the Start Menu, you can also use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move up or down or left or right in the Start Menu. Once you have locate the program you wish to run, press the Enter key.

Opening a program on the desktop

If there is program you wish to run that has an icon (shortcut) on the desktop, you can move to the desktop by just pressing your Tab key on your keyboard. Pressing tab while on the desktop will switch between the desktop, the Start button, and each of the items on the taskbar. You can determine what area you are currently at by just looking for an item that is selected. An item that get selected will either be highlighted & have a border of dots.

In some cases, you may have to press Tab many times before getting the desktop icons. Once one of any of the desktop icons has been selected, you can move to other icons by using your arrow keys.

Once the icon on desktop you wish to run is selected, press the Enter key to open that program.

Closing, minimizing, maximizing, or moving a window

Closing a window:-

Press the Control and the F4 keys on the keyboard at the same time to close the current open program or window.

Users may also press the Alt and spacebar keys at the same time, then arrow down to the Close or Exit option in the menu and press Enter.

How to navigate Windows using a keyboard

Minimizing or shrink a window:-

To minimize a window, just press the Windows key and down arrow at same time only (sometimes twice).

Closing or changing tabs

Closing a tab:-

In most of the programs, pressing the Control and F4 keys at the same time closes a tab.

Switching tabs

To move left to right between tabs in currently selected window, press the Control and Tab keys at same time.

To move from right to left between tabs in the currently selected window, press the Control, Shift, & Tab keys at same time.

How to navigate Windows using a keyboard

Moving between open windows and applications:-

To move between any open programs on your PC, press and hold the Alt key, then press the Tab key. If this get done successfully, a window appears that displays each of the open programs on your computer. Repeatedly pressing the Tab while continuing to hold Alt moves between each of the open programs. When the program you want to switch to got selected, then let go of both keys to make it your current window.

Navigating between fields & buttons on the window:-

To move your cursor b/w objects of fields in the window (such as a dialog box), you’ll often use the Tab, spacebar, arrow, and the Enter keys. Tab is usually the default only, but if it not work, try using the arrow keys. If you need to press the button, such as OK or Cancel, press the spacebar or the Enter key.

Manipulating and moving through text;-

Below are very different methods of how you can move through text in the doc without the aid of a mouse. Not only does this help users who don’t have access to a mouse, it can also save you a great deal of time when working with text documents.

How to navigate Windows using a keyboard

Scrolling in a window:-

Scrolling up or down in a window is often accomplished by using any of the following keys: up and down arrow keys, Page up and Page down keys, or the spacebar.

Right click an icon or other element of the Windows:-

In the some situations, you may need to right click on an icon or text, or other Windows element. To do that without a mouse, select that icon & move the cursor to the text you need to right-click, then press and hold the Shift and F10 keys at the same time.

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