Alt key


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ALT key

[′ȯlt ′kē]
(computer science)

Alt key

A modifier key on Windows keyboards that is pressed with a letter or digit key to command the computer. For example, holding down the Alt key and pressing F displays the File menu if it is a current option on screen. Pressing Alt-Tab toggles between active windows (see Alt-Tab). See Control key and Command key.
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Once you install the program, to find out more about any word on your screen in any program you're in, you just click on it while holding down the Alt key.
Before you click the icon for Excel 2013, hold down the ALT key.
With 1-Click Answers(TM), when reading information on any web page - or any other text in any program on their computer screen -users can simply press Alt-Click (press and hold the alt key while clicking with their mouse) on any word or phrase of interest to evoke an AnswerTip information bubble.
I recently upgraded to Windows XP and one of my favorite "cheat sheet" aids is missing--those underlined letters in toolbar commands that, when pressed in combination with the Alt key, activate the command.
While connected to the Internet, you hold down the Alt key when clicking on a word in any Windows program.
Press Alt+; (that is, hold down the Alt key while typing a semicolon).
Hold down the Alt key as you repeatedly press the Tab key; your window will switch from one open application to another, display the opening screen for each so you can easily identify the open file and bring it to the screen (see screenshot).
DesignCAD 3D now includes the Common User Access (CUA) compatible interface for drop down menus, using the Alt keys.
Hot boot" the machine (holding down the Ctrl and Alt keys together and striking the Delete key.
Moving paragraphs: Click on the para you want to move and depress the Shift- Alt keys, and move the paragraph up or down using the arrow keys.
It's easy to set up your computer so that ordinary windows movement and resizing take place normally, but using the shift, control, or alt keys while moving or resizing windows results in stunning graphics effects.