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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To format a cell, select it and then press the ALT key to gain access to the menu bar, select the format pull-down menu, and choose "styles.
Activate the healing brush tool, and while on the background image layer, hold down the ALT key and pick a point on the wall close to the vent above the sign, as seen in figure 4-24.
Do this by holding down the Shift, Ctrl, and Alt keys, and pressing N followed by E.
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.
Remember to start the custom menu again for another month, just move the cell pointer to the income cell for that month (C2 or D2), hold down the Alt key and press M.
For example, to activate the File pull-down menu, the user would press the ALT key, and F.
Before you click the icon for Excel 2013, hold down the ALT key.
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.
To invoke the macro, hold the Alt key down while pressing the letter that is the macro's name.
My software package issues its commands through key combinations with the ALT key so I kept inadvertently issuing commands to my software.