F1: Displays Help for the active object or the window as a whole.
Windows logo key or Ctrl+ESC: Opens the Start menu situated on the taskbar.
Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Opens the Close Program dialog box, which contains a list of applications and these command buttons: End Task , Shut Down and Cancel .
Shift+Delete: Immediately deletes the selected item(s) without moving them to the Recycle Bin .
Windows logo key+E: Opens Windows Explorer .
Windows logo key+M: Minimizes open windows.
Windows logo key+F: Opens Find All Files dialog box.
Shift+F10 or the right mouse click: Opens the shortcut menu for the active item (selected text, a toolbar button, a taskbar button, etc.).
Shift: If you hold down the key while you insert a CD-ROM, it bypasses the AutoPlay feature.

Stanley Zarowin is a contributing editor to the JofA. His e-mail address is .

Do you have technology questions for this column? Or, after reading an answer, do you have a better solution? Send them to me via e-mail at or via regular mail at the Journal of Accountancy , 220 Leigh Farm Road, Durham, NC 27707-8110.

Because of the volume of mail, I regret I cannot individually answer submitted questions. However, if a reader’s question has broad interest, I will answer it in a forthcoming Technology Q&A column.

On occasion you may find you cannot implement a function I describe in this column. More often than not it’s because not all functions work in every Windows operating system or application. I try to test everything in the 2000 and XP editions of Windows and Office. It’s virtually impossible for me to test them in the earlier editions and it’s equally difficult to find out which editions are incompatible with a function. I apologize for the inconvenience.


©2007 AICPA


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