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Using the SHIFT Key

By: Arie Slob

You can use the Shift key for many additional features. Try some of the following tasks while holding down the Shift key:

  • Hold down the Shift key when you delete a file. This will keep the file from being sent to the Recycle Bin. Beware, this means that the file has actually been deleted and can no longer be restored
  • Hold down the Shift key when you double-click on My Computer, Network Neighborhood or the Recycle Bin. This will open these items in the dual-paned Windows Explorer
  • Hold down the Shift key when you double-click on any Folder. This will open the folder in the dual-paned Windows Explorer
  • Hold down the Shift key when you click the Yes button from within the Shut Down Windows dialog box when you select Restart. This will restart Windows only (not completely re-boot the computer). This is useful if all you want to do is just activate some Windows-only changes
  • If you hold down the Shift key when you right-click on an icon, the option Open with... will be available so that you can open the file using a program other than the program normally associated with that file

There are probably other ways that holding down the Shift key can be useful, so try it when you are doing something that you think there should be another way of doing things.