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Helpful Explorer Keystrokes

Certain keyboard shortcuts can be real time savers in Explorer, especially when used in conjunction with the mouse. The following tips assume you're using standard double-clicking, the default in Windows XP. If you've chosen to have icons respond to a single click (by going to Control Panel Folder Options General tab), just replace "double-click" here with "single-click."

  • Hold the Alt key while double-clicking on a file or folder to view the Properties sheet for that object.

    Although this is often quicker than right-clicking and selecting Properties, the right-click menu — also known as the context menu — has a bunch of other options, most of which are not accessible with keystrokes. For more information on context menus and file types, see the discussion of Explorer in Chapter 3.


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