One Dev Question with Raymond Chen - Why Alt+F4 Closes a Window

Play One Dev Question with Raymond Chen - Why Alt+F4 Closes a Window

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    Tony Yuen

    Why are there so many different looking context menus in Windows 10?

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    That is interesting, but the thing that I'm really intrigued by is not explained.

    Meaning... this makes absolutely no sense!!!

    Why was deemed OK that nearly every other keyboard shortcut in Windows is "English-based," but it was NOT OK for Alt-F4?

    In particular, Print, Copy, Paste and Cut are likely the most used most shortcuts by FAR - yet they are all entirely based on an English language and/or QWERTY layout and are almost guaranteed to make absolutely no logical sense in any other scenario. Windows-L will *L*ock my workstation, Windows-R will access the *R*un window and Windows-D shows the *D*esktop?


    Yours truly,

    Someone who uses keyboard shortcuts
    instead of the mouse as much as humanly
    possible, so that's probably why I care so much

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    Cowardly Anon Moose

    Function keys often go somewhere on laptop keyboards. Of course, laptop manufacturers are to blame for that. All 12 of my function keys have special, rarely-used, bloaty functions (like "turn off wi-fi") unless I hold down Fn or change a BIOS setting.

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    R S

    @pjw: In Windows 2.x and OS 1.x *all* window operations (move, size, maximize etc) were assigned an Alt+Fx combination from Alt+F4 to Alt+F10. So Alt+F4 is not just special, it's just one of all window operation shortcuts.

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