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Windows 2000 Administration For Dummies

Being a Windows 2000 administrator gives you access to all sorts of keyboard shortcuts that help make your administration job easier. General Windows 2000 shortcuts help you zip through documents, cycle through windows, and accomplish a range of tasks. Then you have shortcuts that help you navigate dialog boxes and Windows Explorer.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 2000 Administration

As a network administrator working with Windows 2000 you can make use of dozens of keyboard shortcuts to make your tasks move right along. The following table shows shortcuts for the commands you need to use most often:

Press To Press To Press To
CTRL+C Copy. CTRL+DOWN ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order they were opened.
CTRL+X Cut. CTRL+UP ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop.
CTRL+V Paste. CTRL+SHIFT with any arrow key Highlight a block of text. SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item.
CTRL+Z Undo. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. ALT+SPACEBAR Display the System menu for the active window.
DELETE Delete. CTRL+A Select all. CTRL+ESC Display the Start menu.
SHIFT+DELETE Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. F3 Search for a file or folder. F10 -Activate menu bar in the active program.
CTRL while dragging an item Copy selected item. CTRL+O Open an item. RIGHT ARROW -Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu.
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging item Create shortcut to selected item. ALT+ENTER View properties for the selected item. LEFT ARROW -Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu.
F2 Rename selected item. ALT+F4 Close the active item, or quit the active program. F5 Refresh the active window.
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+F4 Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. BACKSPACE -View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer.
CTRL+LEFT ARROW Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. ALT+TAB -Switch between open items. ESC Cancel the current task.

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 2000 Administration

Not that you have lots of conversations with the machines as you administer Windows 2000 (or perhapsor maybe you do!) but you do open a lot of dialog boxes. The following table shows the keyboard shortcuts you can use to move through them:

Press To
CTRL+TAB Move forward through tabs.
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB Move backward through tabs.
TAB Move forward through options.
SHIFT+TAB Move backward through options.
ALT+Underlined letter Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option.
SPACEBAR Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box.
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons.
F1 Display Help.
F4 Display the items in the active list.
BACKSPACE Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open _dialog box.

Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 2000 Administration

Administering Windows 2000 means dealing with Windows Explorer, and, luckily, Explorer comes equipped with a variety of keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate through its windows easily. The following table shows the basic shortcut commands:

Press To
END Display the bottom of the active window.
HOME Display the top of the active window.
LEFT ARROW Collapse current selection if it's expanded, or select parent folder.
RIGHT ARROW Display current selection if it's collapsed, or select first subfolder.
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad Display the contents of the selected folder.
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad Collapse the selected folder.
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