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Alt key

n.
A key on a computer keyboard that is pressed in combination with another key to execute an alternate operation.
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Translations

alt key

n (Comput) → Alt-Taste f; to hold down the alt keydie Alt-Taste gedrückt halten
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Microsoft might remove the right Alt key or the context menu key to make some room for it.
We can erase those areas with the brush in eraser mode by clicking on the minus sign or by pressing the Alt key (Opt key for Mac).
While the Alt key labeled "Macro" allows one to be created on-the-fly.
While holding down the Alt key, use the number keypad and type 0160.
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If you still have problems, open Internet Explorer 9, go to the Tools menu and select Internet Options; press the Alt key if you do not see the menus.
To see the entire mask, I hold the ALT key while clicking on the mask thumbnail.
Only when Firefox 3.7 is run on Vista and Windows 7 with the new interface be apparent; Windows XP users will continue to see that operating system's traditional, menu-style interface, as will Mac and Linux users when they run Firefox.<p>Vista and Windows 7 users will also be able to view the full menus by holding the Alt key, which will act as a toggle between on and off.<p>"There's a challenge to designing in the open," said Beltzner, referring to Mozilla's practice of publicly disclosing virtually all of its plans, including design intentions far in the future.
Another way to make a duplicate is to go to the Tree 2 layer, activate the Move tool, and while holding down the ALT key, click and drag Tree 2.
Within Windows, holding down the Alt key and hitting Tab is a quick way to switch among open programs.
Two bracketed buttons joined by a dash should be pressed in succession (e.g., [ALT+T]-[T]-[P] would indicate that you should hold down the ALT key and press the T key.