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Windows Keyboard Shortcut: Alt + Underline

By March 21, 2010

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I've got another cool Windows keyboard shortcut for you. For the uninitiated, shortcuts are commands that save you time by performing a Windows task in a few keystrokes, rather than doing more mouse-clicking, menu-finding, etc. This one is the "Alt + underlined letter" shortcut.

Look at the graphic here at the top. It's a snip of the Menu in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser. Notice how certain letters are underlined in the words -- the "F" in File, or the "V" in View, for example. While you could move your mouse and click on the word to open the menu, you could save time by clicking the "Alt" key, along with the underlined letter. To see your recent browsing history, for instance, just press the "Alt" and "s" keys at the same time, and your history pops up automatically.

I love using keyboard shortcuts; once you see how much time you save, I bet you will, too.

March 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(1) alex says:

poor instructions. needs to be clearer. more examples.

March 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(2) windows says:

Hi, Alex. What were you having trouble with?

March 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(3) Doug Q says:

seemed pretty darn clear to me

March 23, 2010 at 8:35 am
(4) Timmy says:

great thanks

March 25, 2010 at 10:40 am
(5) mark says:

This is nothing new. I would guess the author is on the younger side. For all you yung-un’s out there…this was very common when character based screen programming added drop down menus…. oh some 20 years ago.
“What’s old is new again” I guess. Back in the mouseless days people were more productive when their hands didn’t have to keep switching between keyboard and mouse.

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