Windows and dialog boxes contain controls that help you work with applications. You use controls to manipulate objects, select choices, or type information.
This section describes various types of controls you'll come across while using the desktop. Here's a list of the most common controls:
Scroll bars enable you to scroll through a window's contents.
Choosing a push button immediately performs the associated command or action. For example, choosing an OK button applies any changes made to a dialog box then closes it.
Click the button.
Press Tab and the arrow keys until the button has the keyboard focus, as shown by the highlight.
You also use a radio button (sometimes referred to as a choice button) to specify an option or setting, but only one radio button in a group can be selected at a time.
Click the check box or radio button you want to select.
Press Tab and the arrow keys until the check box or radio button has the keyboard focus, as shown by the highlight.
Press the Spacebar.
Windows often contain more information than you can see at one time. Use a window's scroll bar to bring the window's contents into view.
Hold down Control while you press an arrow key to scroll faster.
Press Tab or an arrow key to move the highlight to the slider.
Press Up Arrow or Down Arrow to move the slider.
Hold down Control while you press an arrow key to move the slider faster.
A selected list item becomes highlighted. The highlighted item is acted upon when you click a button, such as OK.
Click the list item.
In a multiple-selection list, hold down Shift while you click the items.
To deselect an item, click it again.
Click a button, such as OK.
In some lists, double-clicking an item selects the item and chooses the default command.
Press Tab to move to the list.
Select the list item:
In a single-selection list, use the arrow keys to reach your choice.
In a multiple-selection list, use the arrow keys to reach your first selection, then press Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow.
To deselect an item, press the Spacebar.
Press Tab to move to a button, such as OK or Apply, then press Return.
A text field accepts information you type.
Click the field to display the text insertion cursor.
Type the text.
In many dialog boxes, pressing Return completes the text entry and activates the default button, such as OK or Apply.
Press Tab, Shift+Tab, or the arrow keys until you reach the text fie
A blinking cursor indicates that the text field has the keyboard focus.
Type the text, then press Control+Tab to move keyboard focus out of the text field.
Word - Double-click the word
Line - Triple-click the line
Multiline - Quadruple-click the field
To deselect text, click an empty area in the window.
Type the replacement text.
Press Tab, Shift+Tab, or the arrow keys until you reach the field.
Use the editing keys to edit the field's contents, then type the replacement text.
Arrow key - Move the text insertion cursor
Backspace - Delete the character to the left of the cursor
Delete or Delete char - Delete the character to the right of the cursor
Control+Delete or Control+Delete char - Delete from the cursor to the end of the line
Press Control+Tab to move keyboard focus out of the text field.