Similar to the situation I described in yesterdays article I was working on a computer with Windows XP Home Edition this past weekend and the mouse or touchpad was not working. I had navigated through various windows, control panels, etc. and needed to close some of them so I could continue. The problem was that I didn’t have a mouse and I was unable to tab to the red X in the top right corner to close the window. Use the information below to close windows on any Windows machine without a mouse installed.

Close A Window In Windows XP Without A Mouse:

Use “Alt-F4″ to close a window in Windows XP. Make sure the window is the active window before issuing this command which can be done by holding the Alt button and clicking Tab until the window you want to close is highlighted. Once the window displays on your desktop click Alt-F4 to close the window.

Close A Window In Windows 7 Without A Mouse:

The same steps noted above can be used in Windows 7 to close a window.

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