Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Alt+S Keyboard Shortcut, January 29, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.


Windows Alt+S Shortcut Key

This shortcut key works in the Windows Save As dialogue as well as Office apps. In the Windows Save As dialogue, there are many controls so you must TAB many times to reach the Save button. However, the Save button is also activated by the Alt+S shortcut key, which you can press from any field within the Save As dialogue.


The keystroke is also useful for Office apps. For example, after you finish typing an Outlook email, you may press Alt+S to send it to the outbox. When you finish filling in or editing an Outlook appointment, just press ALT+S to save it. When you finish creating or changing an Outlook Contact, press Alt+S to save it.


That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.