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Hardware tips and tricks

Time-saving insights for using your Hardware products.

Keyboard shortcuts

All Microsoft keyboards are equipped to perform shortcuts in Windows and other Microsoft applications. Here’s a round-up of some of the most common ones.

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Keys

Action

Compatible device

F1

Display Help

All

F2

Renames selected item

All

F3

Search for file or folder

All

F10

Activate the menu bar in the active program

All

Ctrl + A

Select all items in a document or window

All

Ctrl + C

Copy a selected item

All

Ctrl + D

Add a webpage to your favorites

All

Ctrl + J

Open Download Manager

All

Ctrl + L

Highlight the text in the Address bar

All

Ctrl + V

Paste the selected item

All

Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item

All

Ctrl + Z

Undo an action

All

Ctrl + Y

Redo an action

All

Ctrl + P

Print

All

Ctrl + Esc

Open the Start menu

All

Ctrl + Right arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

All

Ctrl + Left arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

All

Ctrl + Down arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

All

Ctrl + Up arrow

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

All

Ctrl + Shift + any arrow key

Select a block of text

All

Ctrl + any arrow key + space bar

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

All

Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size of icons on the desktop

All

Ctrl + Alt + Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between open items

All

Ctrl + Shift + Escape

Open task manager

All

Alt

Show the menu bar. After you make a selection, the menu bar goes away.

All

Alt + Home

Go to your homepage

All

Alt + C

View your favorites, feeds, and browsing history

All

Alt + F4

Close the active item, or exit the active program

All

Alt + Spacebar

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

All

Alt + Tab

Switch between open programs

All

Shift + Delete

Delete selected item without moving it to the recycle bin first/permanent delete

All

Shift + any arrow key

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop or select text within a document

All

Shift + F10

Opens a shortcut menu for the selected items (like right clicking on a mouse)

All

Windows logo key

Opens start menu

All

Windows logo key + D

Clear away everything and show desktop

All

Windows logo key + E

Open Windows Explorer

All

Windows logo key + F

Find files or folders

All

Windows logo key + M

Minimize all windows

All

Windows logo key + Down Arrow

Minimize the window

All

Windows logo key + Up Arrow

Maximize the window

All

Windows logo key + L

Lock the computer (without using ctrl + alt + delete)

All

Shift + Windows logo key + M

Undo minimize all

All

Windows logo key + Tab

Cycle through task bar buttons

All

Windows logo key + F1

Open Help

All

Mouse shortcuts

Microsoft Hardware mice do far more than move the cursor around. Read below for additional functions depending on which device you own.

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Buttons

Action

Compatible device

Left click

Click, double-click, drag and drop

All

Right click

Pull down menu

All

Scroll wheel

Scroll vertically by rolling wheel up or down

Arc Mouse

Sculpt Comfort Mouse

Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000

Wireless Mouse 2000

Wireless Mobile Mouse 1000

Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000

Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500

Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

Wireless Mouse 5000

Comfort Mouse 3000

Comfort Mouse 4500

Comfort Mouse 6000

Basic Optical Mouse 500

Compact Optical Mouse 500

Tilt wheel

Scroll vertically by rolling wheel up or down, scroll horizontally by clicking wheel left or right

Sculpt Comfort Mouse

Sculpt Mobile Mouse

Wireless Mouse 2000

Comfort Mouse 4500

Scroll wheel with Flip 3D in Windows 7

Easily switch between open windows by clicking

Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000+

Windows 7

Back button

Click to navigate between folders or webpages

Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000

Customizable buttons

Customize all four buttons to your workflow

Arc Mouse

Middle touch strip

4-way swipe scrolling. Scroll through documents and web pages with new Windows 8 features. Scroll slowly with a gentle swipe or quickly with a flick of the finger, then tap to stop.

Explorer Touch Mouse

Arc Touch Mouse

Sculpt Touch Mouse

Wedge Touch Mouse

Touch surface

Large touch surface allows for 4-way scrolling. Scroll slowly with a gentle swipe or quickly with a flick of the finger Tap to stop or select.

Touch Mouse

Wedge Touch Mouse

Touch surface + Windows 8

One finger - manage content

Slide one finger to manage content

Slide in any direction to scroll

Flick in any direction to scroll quickly

Two fingers - manage apps

Slide two fingers to manage apps

Three fingers - zoom

Slide three fingers to zoom

Slide forward to zoom in

Slide back to zoom out

Thumb - move through apps

Slide right to forward, slide left to go back

Touch Mouse

Wedge Touch Mouse

Touch surface + Windows 7

One finger:

Scroll, flick, or pan any direction for quick navigation

Scroll slowly with a gentle swipe or quickly with a flick of the finger, tap to stop.

Two fingers:

Snap to see your windows side by side, or maximize and minimize

Three fingers:

Show all open windows or reveal your desktop

Thumb: Sweep your thumb to go forward or back

Touch Mouse

Windows touch tab

Press to view Start screen, swipe to cycle through all of your open apps

Sculpt Comfort Mouse

Windows button

Press to view Start screen

Sculpt Mobile Mouse

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