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Windows XP Chapter 1 Introduction to Microsoft Windows XP
Summary of Mouse and Windows Operations
You have seen how to use the mouse to point, click, right-click, double-click, drag,
and right-drag in order to accomplish certain tasks on the desktop. The use of a mouse is
an important skill when using Windows XP. In addition, you have learned how to move
around and use windows on the Windows XP desktop.
The Keyboard and Keyboard Shortcuts
The keyboard is an input device on which you manually key in, or type, data. Figure 1–30
illustrates the rechargeable Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000 keyboard designed
for use with Microsoft Ofﬁ ce and the Internet. You can press the Windows Start button on
the keyboard to display the Start menu, search the contents of the computer or the Internet,
use the wireless Navigation Pad to work from a remote location, and use the Windows
Gadget button to search for contacts, stocks, weather, and slide shows. In addition, you
can press the Windows Live Call button to access the Windows Live Messenger list,
select an online contact, and initiate a video conversation. The My Favorites hot keys
allow you to access ﬁ les, folders, and Web pages.
Four USB ports on
back of keyboard
Many tasks you accomplish with a mouse also can be accomplished using a keyboard.
To perform tasks using the keyboard, you must understand the notation used to identify which
keys to press. This notation is used throughout Windows XP to identify a keyboard shortcut .
Keyboard shortcuts consist of (1) pressing a single key (such as press the ENTER key);
or (2) pressing and holding down one key and pressing a second key, as shown by two key
names separated by a plus sign (such as press CTRL + ESC ). For example, to obtain help about
Windows XP, you can press the F 1 key and to display the Start menu, hold down the CTRL
key and then press the ESC key (press CTRL + ESC ).
Often, computer users will use keyboard shortcuts for operations they perform
frequently. For example, many users ﬁ nd pressing the F 1 key to start Help and Support
easier than using the Start menu as shown later in this chapter. As a user, you probably will
ﬁ nd the combination of keyboard and mouse operations that particularly suits you, but it
is strongly recommended that generally you use the mouse.