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Windows 7: Keyboard shortcuts in right click menu

27 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Keyboard shortcuts in right click menu

This is kind of a silly question, but it is something I just noticed for the first time after 2+ years of using Win7. I have all sorts of shortcuts I use that are just stuck in my memory from older versions of Win. Right click + W + F = new folder. Right click + W + T = new text doc. Etc. I just noticed however, that in the right click menu, the shortcut letters aren't underlined anymore like they were in older versions. For example, New used to be written New. For me this is not a huge deal since I already know most of them... but why would MS intentionally remove a helpful feature like that (especially while leaving the functionality in)? A new user will have no way of knowing that shortcut exists without seeing the underlined letters.

The only reason I'm noticing now, after so long, is because I'm learning Ubuntu/Linux and noticed they do have the underlined letters in their GUI, and then coming back to Win I noticed they don't.

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28 May 2011   #2


Open Control Panel, go to the Ease of Access Center, select: Make the Keyboard easier to use. Go to this option at the bottom of the window: "Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys."

It doesn't work in every situation, but for most.

Also, try this:

Put your cursor in a Toolbar and press Alt. The shortcut letters become underlined.

When you press Alt in a program with Menus, one letter in each of the Menu names becomes underlined. Press an underlined letter to open the corresponding Menu. Press the underlined letter in a menu item to choose that command.
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28 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks for the tip!
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