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Time saving shortcuts

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Changes to the location of admin functions between NT4 and Win2k can sometimes leave you scrolling the wrong menu. Even when working with an all Win2k platform you can find that server console keyboards don't all support a Windows key and hence official shortcuts don't work. Save yourself loads of time by making common shortcuts and placing them either on the desktop or in a shortcuts folder in your start menu (it must be in one of the special multicoloured folders (program group) not an ordinary yellow one.)

Here's the important trick that makes all the difference: Once you've made the shortcut, check the properties and assign a shortcut key of ctrl+alt+"insert your choice here". For instance I have D for Dos, V for eVent manager, W for wordpad , S for services etc. Now this shortcut will work for whatever program you are in just like a Windows key. This means that if you have Internet servers or terminal servers where you have renamed cmd to protect against "skript kiddies", you can still maintain a standardised approach because ctrl+alt+D still points to dmd - (or whatever you have renamed it to.)

Ok to see the value imagine this:
-You need to run a little .exe utility but it quits before telling you what the information is and your server keyboard does not have a Windows key. All you

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have to do is type ctrl+alt+D to open the cmd screen then type cd <space>. Type ctrl+alt+E for your explorer and then browse to the folder where your utility is. Grab the folder and drop it into the dos box - the path will be autocompleted for you then press enter. Type the name of the utility + " >filename.txt" and watch it appear in the folder you just browsed to! Or if it writes to the event viewer just type ctrl+alt+V!

This was first published in April 2002

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