Quickly scroll to an item in a list or drop-down

Updated: 08/02/2019 by Computer Hope
scroll quickly in list

Quickly find text, icon, or other items in a group or list by highlighting one of the icons or clicking on the list items and pressing the beginning letter. Below are some examples of how to use this tip.

Internet drop-down list

Instead of scrolling through a list of options on an Internet drop-down list, click the list and then press the first letter of what you are trying to find. For example, if you wanted to get to United States in the example below click the down arrow and then press U to get to the first item beginning with U, which in this case is Uganda. If you continued to type United, it would continue to scroll down as long as something is matched.


You can also use the arrow keys to move to the item you want.

Windows desktop icons

If you have lots of icons on your desktop or in another folder highlight one of the icons and press the first letter. For example, if you were looking for an icon named test highlight any icon and then press the t key to jump to the first icon that starts with t.


Press the T key multiple times to highlight each option in the list that starts with T.

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