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Shortcut Keys (Help Viewer)

You can navigate in the Microsoft Help Viewer by using the shortcut keys in the following table:

Area

Keystroke

Action

General Application

Space

Use instead of Enter anywhere except in edit fields.

General Application

F1

Open Help about current UI element.

General Application

F11

Toggle between full-screen view and regular view.

Toolbar

Backspace

-OR-

Alt + Left Arrow

Display the previous page.

Toolbar

Alt + Right Arrow

Display the next page.

Toolbar

Alt + Home

Display the Help Reviewer Home page.

Toolbar

Ctrl + S

Highlight the current topic in the table of contents (on the Contents tab).

Toolbar

Ctrl + D

Add the current topic to the Favorites tab.

Toolbar

Ctrl + F

Display the Find bar in the topic area so that you can search for text within the current topic.

Toolbar

Ctrl + P

Print the current page.

Toolbar

Ctrl + F2

Display a print preview of the current page.

Toolbar

Ctrl + O

Display the Viewer Options dialog box.

Toolbar

Ctrl + Shift + M

Display the Manage Contents tab.

Navigators

Alt + C

-OR-

Ctrl + Shift + C

Display the Contents tab.

Navigators

Alt + I

-OR-

Ctrl + Shift + I

Display the Index tab.

Navigators

Alt + F

-OR-

Ctrl + Shift + F

Display the Favorites tab.

Navigators

Alt + S

-OR-

Ctrl + E

-OR-

Ctrl + Shift + S

Display the Search tab.

Navigators

Alt + M

-OR-

Ctrl + Shift + M

Display the Manage Content tab.

Topic

Shortcut Menu key

OR

Shift + F10

Display the shortcut menu for the current UI element.

Topic

Up Arrow

Scroll toward the start of the document one line at a time.

Topic

Down Arrow

Scroll toward the end of the document one line at a time.

Topic

Page Up

Scroll toward the start of the document one screen at a time.

Topic

Page Down

Scroll toward the end of the document one screen at a time.

Topic

Home

Move to the start of the document.

Topic

End

Move to the end of the document.

Topic

Ctrl + F

Find search text on this page.

Topic

F5

Refresh the current page.

Topic

Ctrl + P

Print the current page.

Topic

Ctrl + F2

Display a print preview of the current page.

Topic

F4

Display the Properties dialog box for the current page.

Topic

Ctrl + T

Open another content tab in the foreground.

Topic

Ctrl + Click

Open a link on a new tab in the foreground.

Topic

Ctrl + Tab

Switch among tabs from left to right.

Topic

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Switch among tabs from right to left.

Topic

Ctrl + W

Close the current tab.

Topic

Ctrl + Number

Switch to a specific tab where Number is between 1 and 9 and indicates which tab in sequence.

Topic

Ctrl +Alt + F4

Close other content tabs.

Topic

Ctrl + Shift + Plus Sign

Increase zoom by 10%.

Topic

Ctrl + Minus Sign

Decrease zoom by 10%.

Topic

Ctrl + 0 (zero)

Change zoom to 100%.

Index

Tab

Shift focus from keyword entry to keyword list.

Index

Ctrl + K

Switch between showing entries that contain the keyword that you specify and entries that start with the keyword that you specify.

Favorites

Ctrl + Shift + Del

Clear your browsing history.

Favorites

Del

Delete the specified item.

Favorites

Ctrl + N

Create a folder within Favorites.

Favorites

F2

Rename the specified favorite or folder.

Contents & Index & Search

Ctrl + D

Add the specified topic to the Favorites tab.

Contents & Index & Search & Favorites

Ctrl + P

Print the specified topic.

Contents & Index & Search & Favorites

Ctrl + F2

Display a print preview of the specified topic.

Contents & Index & Search & Favorites

Ctrl + Click

Open the topic in a new tab.

Search

Esc

Clear the search text box.

Viewer Options

Alt + T

Change focus to the Text Size list.

Viewer Options

Alt + S

Change focus to the Maximum Search Results list.

Viewer Options

Alt + H

Change focus to the Maximum History entries saved list.

Viewer Options

Alt + E

Select or clear the Include English content in all navigation tabs and F1 requests check box if it is enabled.

Viewer Options

Alt + O

Select or clear the Go online to check for content updates check box.

Find

Enter

Change focus to the next item.

Find

Shift + Enter

Change focus to the previous item.

Find

Esc

Hides the Find text box.

Status bar

Alt + E

Open the Error dialog box if the status bar shows that an error has occurred.

Status bar

Alt + U

Download content if the status bar shows that updates are available

Window Management

Keystroke

Action

Ctrl + L

Reset the Help Viewer layout to the default layout, and close all topic tabs.

Ctrl + Tab

The first keystroke gives focus to the Tab Selection menu. The next keystroke gives focus to the top menu item, and subsequent keystrokes give focus to the menu items in sequence from top to bottom. When a menu item has focus, the Enter key makes that item the active tab.

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

The first keystroke gives focus to the Tab Selection menu. The next keystroke gives focus to the bottom menu item, and subsequent keystrokes give focus to the menu items in sequence from bottom to top. When a menu item has focus, the Enter key makes that item the active tab.

Alt + I, Alt + S, Alt + C, Alt + F, Alt + M

These shortcut keys don't work when the navigation and content-management tabs are undocked.

Manage Content

Keystroke

Action

Alt + D

Change the installation source to disk.

Alt + O

Change the installation source to online.

Tab

Change focus to the Local store path text box.

Tab

Change focus to the Move… button.

Alt + V

Open the Move Content dialog box.

Ctrl + Alt + F

Change focus to the Filter Documentation text box.

Tab

Change focus to the documentation list.

Up Arrow and Down Arrow

Scroll through the documentation list.

Space

Add an item to the Pending changes list.

Tab

Change focus to the Pending changes list.

Up Arrow and Down Arrow

Scroll through the Pending changes list.

Space

Remove an item from the Pending changes list.

Alt + T

Apply all pending changes.

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