Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. October 9, 2002
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A Quick Way to Display Properties
Normally, to view the properties of a particular file or folder, you right-click on it and choose Properties. But if you're skilled in using your mouse and keyboard together, there's an even quicker way to get a look at those properties.

Just hold down the Alt key and double click. The Properties dialog box springs up, no matter what kind of icon you clicked on.