Revealing the underlined shortcut: Configuring Windows XP to be more keyboard-friendly

Just recently I received a new laptop, and found that by default, the keyboard shortcuts in menus weren’t displayed.

This is the enemy of all keyboard users: An option hidden away in the Display settings that hides the underlined letters telling you what keys you can press. Boo on Microsoft for making this a default.

To enable keyboard shortcut underlining, follow these steps:

  1. Hit Windows+D to show the desktop.
  2. Press Shift+F10 to show the shortcut menu.
  3. Press up arrow to get to the bottom menu item, Properties, then press Enter to select it.
  4. Press Ctrl+Tab to change tabs three times, until the Appearance tab appears.
  5. Press Alt+E to hit the Effects button.
  6. Deselect the last item by pressing H.
  7. Press Enter twice to close the dialog boxes.

[Screen shot of the Advanced Effects dialog box, with the 'Hide underline' option]

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