Shift+F1: What is this?

Major applications support Shift+F1 to let you know what a particular part of the screen is about. Hit Shift+F1 and your point turns into an arrow with a question mark (presuming your application supports this feature). Then click on something you want to know about, and some contextual help will appear.

8 thoughts on “Shift+F1: What is this?”

  1. I already knew this shortcut, as well as some of the other ones listed on here. But in general, you’re maintaining a really nice archive of very useful shortcuts (one I do and don’t know). Keep at it! P.S. how’s the little one?

  2. I have a Citrix application for which F13, or SHIFT+F1 clears messages. However, Win7 captures the key stroke and pops the Start menu instead. I would like to disable the SHIFT+F1 key for windows so it can be used in MY application. Any ideas?

  3. Hi there speedy race car fans! We’re Shift+F1, a podcast about the wonderful world of Formula 1 racing. For four seasons we have researched, recorded, edited, and hosted this podcast in our spare time, for the love of the sport and the incredible community that listens every episode. We love doing Shift+F1, but with our busy schedules we often feel like we don’t give it the love and attention it deserves. Usually at this time of year we weigh up whether or not we can dedicate another year to running the show. The thing that always makes us say yes is the thousands of you who listen to the podcast and email us daily. This year we’ve decided to embrace this responsibility instead of being intimidated by it. The truth is we love doing this podcast, and we wish we could spend

  4. I would also like to know how to stop getting the start menu popping up when I need to use shift f1 (F13) in an antiquated program at job. My IT person sent me the computer’s user manual and told me to turn off the function lock key. Neither of these were helpful. Thank you!

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