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Chapter 5. How to use Menus and Shortcuts > How to use a keyboard shortcut

How to use a keyboard shortcut

To use a keyboard shortcut instead of the menu command, hold down the modifier key or keys you saw in the menu. While you hold down this key or keys, type the letter key you also saw in the menu—just tap the letter, don't hold it down! The computer reacts just as if you had chosen that command from the menu.

For instance, if you single-click on a file to select it and then press O, the selected file will open just as if you had chosen that command from the File menu with the mouse. Thought-fully, many of the keyboard shortcuts are alliterative: O opens files; P prints; D duplicates a selected file; W closes windows; etc.


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