Close the active window or quit a program: Alt+F4
Full delete (without sending file to the recycle bin): Shift+Delete
Move cursor forward to the next place: Tab
Move cursor back to the previous place: Shift+Tab
Open any menu or menu item: Alt+the underlined letter
Open Help: F1
Open Start Menu: Ctrl+Esc
Switch to a different open program: Alt+Tab
STANLEY ZAROWIN, a former JofA senior editor, is now a contributing editor to the magazine. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
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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 operating system or application. I try to test everything in the 2000 and XP editions of Windows and Office. It’s virtually impossible to test them in all editions and it’s equally difficult to find out which editions are incompatible with a function. I apologize for the inconvenience.