Alt + Tab to move between applications
Thread poster: Barnaby Capel-Dunn
Barnaby Capel-Dunn  Identity Verified
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Feb 22, 2003

Here is a clever little “technique” which I’m sure most of you already know, but since I only got to hear of it (from my son) the other day, it occurred to me that it might be useful to some others as well.

Like all translators no doubt, I usually have several applications open at the same time (typically Word, a couple of dictionaries, etc.). I always used to move between them by clicking on their icons at the foot of the screen, but there is a much quicker way of switching from one to another, once you get the hang of it:

Hold down the Alt key with one finger and with the other press the Tab key to scroll through the list of applications until you get to the one you want. It doesn’t seem much but it’s a whole lot faster than using the mouse.



Hope some of you find this useful.



All the best



Barnaby





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Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
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I shall hide in shame Feb 22, 2003

Hi Barnaby,

I\'ve been working with computers since 1986, and I still didn\'t know about this useful little tip, how pathetic. And it works a treat. I must admit my son (17) often comes up with little goodies too. It\'s well worth listening to \"the younger generation\".

Thanks for sharing.



best regards, Jill


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Nikita Kobrin  Identity Verified
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I'm your fan, Barnaby Feb 22, 2003

I\'m very fond of your postings and really keen on little tips like this. They\'re as useful as they\'re simple.



Thanks a lot.



Regards,

Nikita Kobrin


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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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additional techniques Feb 22, 2003

Thanks for the tip.

Here are some others that most people already know - but are great to learn if you don\'t. Any others?



1) Hold SHIFT and press TAB in a table to go back to the previous field.



2) In Internet Explorer - you can enter a website beginning with www and ending with .com by just entering the middle part and pressing CRTL and ENTER at the same time. The system will automatically add the www and .com for you. Example, for www.amazon.com just type \"amazon\" and then press CRTL and ENTER.



3) In word, press and hold CRTL and ALT and then E for the euro symbol, R for the registered trademark symbol, C for copyright, and T for TM.



4) To edit Pictures and Graphs in Word (created with VISIO TOOLS, for example):



a) Go to the graphic image in Word and click on it. A black box should appear around the image.



b) Press Shift-Ctrl-F9 simultaneously.



c) A Box with the word PICTURE should appear.



d) Click the RIGHT mouse button anywhere inside the graphic image.



e) A menu should appear. Select the EDIT PICTURE option.



f) You can now click on the text in the picture and edit it. You do not have to repeat this procedure the next time you open the file.



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Andrzej Lejman  Identity Verified
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It's impressive, indeed Feb 22, 2003

This \"technique\" came with Windows 3.1, IMHO...



Regards

Andrzej


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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But not everyone is aware of it Feb 22, 2003

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On 2003-02-22 16:42, andrzejl wrote:

This \"technique\" came with Windows 3.1, IMHO...



Of course - shortcuts such as these have been around for quite some time, but you\'d be surprised to see how many people don\'t know about them. Even though it may not be news to you (or me, for that matter), this may be helpful for others...

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Barnaby Capel-Dunn  Identity Verified
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Thanks - and one for the road! Feb 22, 2003

Many thanks Jill, Nikita, Jeff and Andrzez for your kind words; and thank you, Jeff, for your own additions - very useful indeed.



Thus emboldened, here is one more which - I hardly dare say it - I discovered only recently. It\'s a real boon if you don\'t already know it:



To open Windows Explorer directly, just press the Windows key (next to Ctrl) + E.



All the best



Barnaby


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Spiros Doikas  Identity Verified
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Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Word for Translators Feb 22, 2003

You\' ll find plenty more of these in this article!

http://www.translatum.gr/journal/2/keyboard-shortcuts.htm


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Elizabeth Adams  Identity Verified
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question Feb 22, 2003

does anyone know how to use the alt+tab trick on a Mac? I\'ve been using that shortcut for years, but now it doesn\'t really seem to work on my eMac. Actually, it works, but it only switches frames within one application. It doesn\'t let me switch applications.



I\'ll be glad if someone knows how to do this!


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Elizabeth Adams  Identity Verified
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question Feb 22, 2003

does anyone know how to use the alt+tab trick on a Mac? I\'ve been using that shortcut for years, but now it doesn\'t really seem to work on my eMac. Actually, it works, but it only switches frames within one application. It doesn\'t let me switch applications.



I\'ll be glad if someone knows how to do this!


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Deborah Shannon  Identity Verified
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Use Apple key (Command) + Tab Feb 23, 2003

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On 2003-02-22 22:48, EAdams wrote:

does anyone know how to use the alt+tab trick on a Mac?





Command+Tab is the way I switch between open applications in Mac OS 9.

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Elizabeth Adams  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Feb 23, 2003

It works!!!! that\'s great! Thanks a million!

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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Repetitive strain Feb 24, 2003

A lot of these tips are great to prevent repetitive strain injuries (from mouse use), but be careful with keyboard shortcuts, too. I was hurting my muscles by overusing the cut, copy, and paste shortcuts (stretching my hand too much - maybe not a problem if you have larger hands). My solution was a Kinesis keyboard, which has the Ctrl and Alt keys in the thumb position, rather than the pinkie finger position. Helped a lot, but took some getting used to. I think I type much faster now with this set up because I don\'t have to stretch nearly as much.

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