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Keyboard shortcuts are very helpful when you want to quickly complete tasks, open menus, common Windows tasks like copy & paste etc. all while avoiding to switch between the keyboard and the mouse. Like you have some predefined Windows shortcuts do you know that you can have custom shortcut keys to open any Windows software? You do not need any third-party software to do this. All you need is to make use of the feature that is available since eons in the Windows operating system. We will shortly show you how to create keyboard shortcuts to open programs here.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available for public download. Many of you are already testing it out while some of you are still busy downloading it.

At a glance, Windows 8 with its Metro UI seems to be mainly optimized for touchscreen input. But if a user delves further, especially those who are confined to traditional keyboard and mouse input, will be glad to find that Windows 8 supports a huge number of keyboard shortcuts to help them interact easily with the new interface. In fact, most of these new shortcuts are mainly to interact with the Metro user interface. For instance, if a user presses Windows Key + C, the operating system will display the Charms bar.

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 9 few days back with a new interface, advanced features and a variety of improvements. But this new minimalistic interface comes at a price. To help users use IE9 faster, Microsoft has released some keyboard shortcuts. While some of these keyboard shortcuts may be new, but some were already available in earlier versions of IE.

Use the keyboard shortcuts below to streamline repetitive actions in IE9.

Facebook is the most popular social networking site today. It’s interface is evolving everyday and is one of the most easy to use one. If you like doing everything using the keyboard and seldom use the mouse or if you want to experience Facebook faster, then you should try the keyboard shortcuts that Facebook provides for keyboard-only users. All these shortcuts are available in the Facebook Help Centre > Accessibility and Assistive Technology help page. (source)

Below is the excerpt of the keyboard shortcuts available, simply replace the # with the numeric digit shown in the Map section for the surfing the desired page in Facebook. So suppose if you want to return to the Facebook Home page and you are using Internet Explorer 7, simply press Alt + 0. Firefox for Windows users should press Shift + Alt + 0. Firefox and Safari for Mac users on the other hand should press Ctrl + 0.

Google Scribe is a new Google Labs project that helps you speed up text typing. Google Scribe basically provides text completion service. Using information from what you have already typed in a text field, Google Scribe provides related word or phrase completion suggestions. In addition to saving keystrokes, Google Scribe’s suggestions indicate correct or popular phrases to use.

You can use Google Scribe on any active text field in a webpage. For example, you can now type faster in Twitter to send updates faster, fill comment form of a blog, compose email, be it GMail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, or any other email, etc. With the handy keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures you can now fasten up text typing while also cut typing errors.

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to do a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs.

Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts not only helps you get work done faster, but also makes you more efficient and productive. If your daily job rely heavily on using Windows, here are some 140+ Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts (most of these shortcuts will also work in Windows XP and Vista too,) you might want to check out. If we missed any nifty shortcuts, we will appreciate a heads up about them in the comments below.

Microsoft has released free resources designed to enable developers leveraging Visual Studio 2010 to improve their workflow and productivity. The free refreshed version of the Visual Studio 2010 Keybinding Posters (aka. Visual Studio 2010 Cheat Sheets) are now up for grabs from the Microsoft Download Center. The posters are set up to make it as easy as possible for developers to take advantage of the keyboard shortcuts available for common commands in Visual Studio 2010.

We all know that Windows 7 comes with a lot of new keyboard shortcuts and hidden features. We have also covered many of them under a the dedicated Windows 7 topic. Our friend, Nitin Agarwal, editor of Windows LifeStyle and a member of The Windows Club has released The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts eBook. This eBook comprises of more than 200 keyboard shortcuts and has almost all keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows 7. This also includes keyboard shortcuts of pre-installed Windows programs like Paint, WordPad, MS Office, Calculator, Help, Media Player, Media Center, Windows Journal, Internet Explorer, etc.

To quickly access applications and hidden configuration settings in Windows, the best option is to use the Run command, [ Windows Key ] + [ R ]. Below you will find complete list of commands that you have to type in the Run command dialog box and press [ Enter ] to access. This is the first part.

Note: You may not find all commands working in all Windows versions. Some commands works only in the latest version of Windows, i.e. Windows Vista/7. Some commands will only work if the software or function is installed.