Fig. 1 Pressing F6 in Outlook cycles between the folder list, the active folder, the preview pane, and the To Do Bar.
Fig. 2 Pressing F6 in Word cycles between the open document, any open task panes, the status bar at the bottom of the window, and the Ribbon.
You can get to different areas of the program window by pressing F6. For example in Outlook, in Mail view, the focus moves between the folder list, the open folder, the preview pane, and the To Do Bar. The picture above illustrates this movement around the Outlook window.
In the programs with the Ribbon, F6 cycles between all the areas of the window including any open task panes, the status bar at the bottom of the window where you'll find the View controls, and the Ribbon. For example, if you wanted to zoom in on your document you would:
- Press F6 until the focus was in the status bar.
- Press the TAB or RIGHT ARROW key to move to the + (plus) command.
- Press ENTER.
Note If you use F6 to access the Ribbon, Key Tips appear just as if you had pressed ALT. The advantage of ALT is that it's quicker — you don't have to cycle through several other areas before getting to the Ribbon.