Show The Underlined Letters In Toolbar Commands

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. I recently upgraded to Windows XP and one of my favorite “cheat sheet” aids is missing—those underlined letters in toolbar commands that, when pressed in combination with the Alt key, activate the command. That was a handy shortcut. I can’t see why Microsoft dropped it.

A. You’ll be pleased to know that it hasn’t been eliminated. All Microsoft did was give you the option: full-time underlines or only when you press the Alt key. To restore them full-time as a default (or hide them until you press the Alt key), right-click on any empty space on the desktop (the screen that appears when no application is selected) and then on Properties and the Appearance tab. Now click on Effects and uncheck (or check) Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key.

 

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