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4.18. Keyboard navigation indicators are missing from menus and dialogs

Windows 2000 by default turns off keyboard navigation indicators in menus and dialog boxes. These indicators appear as underlined letters that specify which key to push to select the menu or control using the keyboard. While you probably use the mouse almost exclusively when working in Windows 2000, there are occasions when you need to use the keyboard to select a menu command or control in a dialog box.

In the default configuration the keyboard shortcuts are hidden but reappear as soon as you press the Alt key. In some situations you might need the navigation keys to appear all the time, such as when you're capturing screen shots for documentation. You can change the navigation indicators' behavior through the Display property sheet.

4.18.1. Turn on keyboard navigation indicators

Configure the behavior of the keyboard navigation indicators though the Effects page of the Display property sheet:

  1. Right-click the desktop and choose Properties or open the Display object in the Control Panel.

  2. Click the Effects tab and deselect the option "Hide keyboard navigation indicators until I use the Alt key."

  3. Click OK to close the property sheet.

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