PostPoints tip: Microsoft-logo keys aren't useless (on netbooks, at least)
The two keys on PC keyboards that sport Microsoft logos--one with the Windows icon, the other with a menu graphic--go ignored by many users. On a desktop and larger laptops, that's understandable; it's just easier to keep using a mouse or a touchpad. But on a netbook, switching between the keyboard and the tiny touchpad crammed in front of it can get so physically uncomfortable that it's worthwhile to take a little time reacquainting yourself with these two keys. As a reminder, the Windows key pops up the Start menu and, when combined with other keys, executes a variety of desktop and program actions. The menu key takes the place of a mouse or touchpad's right-click button; to select the command you want faster, skip the cursor-arrow keys and instead hit the key corresponding to the underlined letter in the appropriate menu item. Practice using each of these keys, and you may find that your wrists don't feel as bad after a few hours of netbook computing--and that you start to use these shortcuts on bigger computers too.
(What's this "PostPoints tip" business about? Since July, I've been archiving each tip-of-the-week e-mail we send to PostPoints members under this blog's "Tips" category. Today's item went out on Nov. 2.)
| November 8, 2010; 6:37 AM ET
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