Looking for the right click keyboard command? It’s not often you’re left without a mouse, a trackball, or a touch pad, but there are those rare occasions when nothing works! Oddly, my touch pad died the other day, I didn’t have a mouse, and my computer didn’t have a secondary mouse tracking option!
It was quite interesting to sit for hours trying to figure out what combo of keys does what! Anyway, I now have learned several useful keyboard shortcuts so that I can use my computer without the need for a mouse device!
So how can you control the computer without your mouse? Well firstly, the easiest thing to do is use the ALT key and the ATL + TAB key combo. ALT + TAB lets you switch between programs and just pressing the ALT key on your keyboard focuses onto the menu options, such as File, Edit, etc.
You can then use the arrow keys to navigate the menus for a program and press Enter to “left click” on an item.
But what if you need to right-click in a Word document or right-click on a file to see it’s properties? The right-click keyboard shortcut is to hold down SHIFT and then press F10. That’s one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts because it comes in VERY handy and sometimes it’s actually easier to use the keyboard than the mouse.
There are some other handy Windows XP keyboard shortcuts that you should know in case you are stuck in a bad situation:
CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (then use ARROW keys to select an item)
ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
ALT+F4: Closes the current program window
ALT+ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object
There are of course many other shortcuts that are equally useful and I have written several posts on this earlier: