Lenovo Thinkpad Keyboard Tips

Updated February 21, 2017

Lenovo Thinkpads contain standard keyboards with a row of function keys that allow quick access to various menus, application functions and controls. The keyboards also include an integrated numeric keyboard accessible by toggling the "Num Lock" key on and off. Like other keyboards, the Lenovo Thinkpad contains "CTRL" and "ALT" keys that provide additional functions within certain applications and documents.

"CTRL" Key Copy, Paste and Cut Tips

Press and hold the "CTRL" key on your Lenovo ThinkPad's keyboard and press the "A" key to select all of the text on a specific document or website. The text will highlight. To copy the highlighted text to your ThinkPad's clipboard, press and hold "CTRL" then press "C." To paste the text into another document, e-mail or other application, press and hold "CTRL" then press "V."

To delete the highlighted text, press and hold the "CTRL" key then press "X."

"CTRL" Key Save, Print and File Delete Tips

Press and hold the "CTRL" key then press "S" to save the document or website currently open. To print the open document or website, press and hold the "CTRL" key then press "P."

To delete a file within an "Open" dialogue box, click the file's name, press and hold the "Shift" key then press the "Delete" key. Click "Yes" to confirm you want to permanently delete the file.

ThinkPad's Windows Key

Press the Windows logo key to open your ThinkPad's "Start" menu. Press the up arrow key and the right arrow key on your computer's keyboard to navigate the Start menu if you don't want to use your computer's mouse.

Internet Explorer ThinkPad Keyboard Tips

Press and hold the "CTRL" key then press "F" to bring up Internet Explorer's "Find" box for finding words on a specific website. Press and hold the "CTRL" key then press "+" to zoom into a website; press and hold the "CTRL" key then press "-" to zoom out of a website.

ThinkPad External Monitor and Projector Shortcut

Press and hold the "FN" key on your ThinkPad's keyboard then press the "F7" function key to open the external monitor menu and toggle between your ThinkPad's LCD screen and an external monitor. Use the arrow keys to select if you want to display on one monitor, both monitors or to exit the external monitor menu completely.

"ESC" Key

Exit the "full-screen" mode on videos, slideshows in PowerPoint and other multimedia applications by pressing the ThinkPad's "ESC" key to return to the website or program's main dialogue window.

Accessing the Task Manager

Access Windows Task Manager by pressing "CTRL," "ALT" and "Delete" together. To restart your ThinkPad, press the "CTRL," "ALT" and "Delete" sequence repeatedly until your laptop restarts.

ThinkPad Display Zoom Function

Press and hold the "FN" key then the "Space" bar to zoom into documents and applications other than Internet Explorer. Click "130" or "170" per cent on the System Tray by the clock to select the zoom amount.

Accessing ThinkPad Reading Light and Screen Brightness

Press and hold the "FN" key then the "PgUp" or "PgDn" key to toggle the reading light on and off. Press and hold the "FN" key then "Home" or "End" to adjust your laptop's screen brightness.

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