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F4 - How many uses do you know?

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So, tell me, have you ever used the F4 key on your keyboard? Do you even know what it's meant for? Well, if you've never used it before, you really should give it a try. Believe it or not, but the F4 key can do several things for you. That's right! It can work in conjunction with the Ctrl key and the Shift key.

F4There are several uses for the F4 function located on your keyboard. First of all, you can use it to close any open applications. Just make sure the program you want to close is selected, press Alt+F4 and that window will automatically close.

Now, if you're using one single application that has many different documents within it, press Ctrl+F4 and just that one window will close instead of the whole program.

You can also use F4 to shut down your computer. Make sure all of your programs are closed and press Alt+F4. That will bring up the "Turn off computer" box and you can proceed with the normal shut down. Pressing Alt + F4 is the same as Start, Turn off computer.

Who knew one little key could have so many important functions?!

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Comments (12)

Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I've always been a keyboard person, preferring shortcut keys over the mouse. That way, I don't have to wait for all those various menus, submenus, subsubmenus, and subsubmenus to unfold so that I can click on them. I've got my software so customized with shortcut keys that no one except me is able to use my computer. LOL

Sep 15, 2008 07:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Who knew all this time I did  Ctrl alt delete to do a soft shut down now I know the F4 key thank you for this enlightening post.

Sep 15, 2008 07:23 PM
Brett Tousley
Keller Williams Realty - Richland, WA
Tri Cities Real Estate | (509) 420-0013

I don't mind typing but, I'm a full on mouse user.  I had no idea what any of the "function" buttons were used for.

Sep 15, 2008 07:28 PM
Denise OnullDell
Santa Clarita Mobile Notary - Santa Clarita, CA
Mobile Notary Public/Real Estate Agent

I remember the "F"unction keys before I ever used a mouse.  That was in the "DOS" days before windows! Oh my goodness, I am dating myself aren't I?

Sep 15, 2008 07:50 PM
Cindy Leiterman
Resource One Realty, LLC - Green Bay, WI
Green Bay, WI

I never used the F4 key before but I will now.  Thanks for the information.  Take care.

Sep 15, 2008 09:36 PM
Caren Wallace
Premier Property Group LLC - Tualatin, OR
Portland Caren Real Estate

Thanks for the tip, old dogs need new tricks!

Sep 15, 2008 10:33 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. I will use the tips from now on.

Sep 15, 2008 11:33 PM
Chuck Thompson
Wilkinson & Associates - Charlotte, NC

This only works on WIndows.  Not a Mac function.

Sep 16, 2008 12:18 AM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Scott, Interesting information. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us. Keep posting best.

Best - Sash

Sep 16, 2008 12:28 AM
Angela Lawrence
Noble Merit, REALTORS® - Winston-Salem, NC

I wonder what all the F keys can do.......anybody has a list?

Sep 16, 2008 12:30 AM
Connie Betz
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE
Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale

Personally, my favorite key is the "F" up key. ...... LOL

Sep 16, 2008 11:48 AM
Michael Sahlman
www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty - Miami Beach, FL
e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes

Thanks Scott. Another good tip. Never knew about this one. You are the shortcut expert!

Sep 26, 2008 11:48 PM