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    Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows Vista

    Posted on by Daniel Petri in Windows Vista

    Keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista

    In Windows Vista, as in other Windows Operating Systems (also see Keyboard Shortcuts), you can use many shortcut keys as an alternative to the mouse. You can open, close, and navigate the Start menu, desktop, menus, dialog boxes, and Web pages using keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts may also make it easier and sometimes a lot faster for you to interact with your computer.

    See the following tables for some of the most useful shortcuts:

    Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    Right SHIFT for eight seconds

    Turn Filter Keys on and off

    Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (or PRTSCRN)

    Turn High Contrast on or off

    Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK

    Turn Mouse Keys on or off

    SHIFT five times

    Turn Sticky Keys on or off

    NUM LOCK for five seconds

    Turn Toggle Keys on or off

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U

    Open the Ease of Access Center

     

    General keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    CTRL+C

    Copy the selected item

    CTRL+X

    Cut the selected item

    CTRL+V

    Paste the selected item

    CTRL+Z

    Undo an action

    DELETE

    Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

    SHIFT+DELETE

    Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

    F2

    Rename the selected item

    CTRL+RIGHT ARROW

    Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

    CTRL+LEFT ARROW

    Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

    CTRL+DOWN ARROW

    Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

    CTRL+UP ARROW

    Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

    CTRL+SHIFT with an arrow key

    Select a block of text

    SHIFT with any arrow key

    Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document

    CTRL+A

    Select all items in a document or window

    F3

    Search for a file or folder

    ALT+ENTER

    Display properties for the selected item

    ALT+F4

    Close the active item, or exit the active program

    ALT+SPACEBAR

    Open the shortcut menu for the active window

    CTRL+F4

    Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

    ALT+TAB

    Switch between open items

    CTRL+ALT+TAB

    Use the arrow keys to switch between open items

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB

    Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

    CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB

    Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

    ALT+ESC

    Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

    F6

    Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

    F4

    Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer

    SHIFT+F10

    Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

    CTRL+ESC

    Open the Start menu

    ALT+underlined letter

    Display the corresponding menu

    ALT+underlined letter

    Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)

    F10

    Activate the menu bar in the active program

    RIGHT ARROW

    Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

    LEFT ARROW

    Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu

    F5

    Refresh the active window

    ALT+UP ARROW

    View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer

    ESC

    Cancel the current task

    CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

    Open Task Manager

    SHIFT when you insert a CD

    Prevent the CD from automatically playing

     

    Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    CTRL+TAB

    Move forward through tabs

    CTRL+SHIFT+TAB

    Move back through tabs

    TAB

    Move forward through options

    SHIFT+TAB

    Move back through options

    ALT+underlined letter

    Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter

    ENTER

    Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands

    SPACEBAR

    Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

    Arrow keys

    Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

    F1

    Display Help

    F4

    Display the items in the active list

    BACKSPACE

    Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

     

    Microsoft keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key

    Open or close the Start menu

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +BREAK

    Display the System Properties dialog box

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +D

    Display the desktop

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +M

    Minimize all windows

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SHIFT+M

    Restore minimized windows to the desktop

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +E

    Open Computer

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F

    Search for a file or folder

    CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F

    Search for computers (if you are on a network)

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +L

    Lock your computer (if you are connected to a network domain), or switch users (if you’re not connected to a network domain)

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +R

    Open the Run dialog box

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +T

    Cycle through programs on the taskbar

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB

    Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

    CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB

    Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SPACEBAR

    Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G

    Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U

    Open Ease of Access Center

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +X

    Open Windows Mobility Center

     

    Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    END

    Display the bottom of the active window

    HOME

    Display the top of the active window

    NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*) on numeric keypad

    Display all subfolders under the selected folder

    NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+) on numeric keypad

    Display the contents of the selected folder

    NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN (-) on numeric keypad

    Collapse the selected folder

    LEFT ARROW

    Collapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select the parent folder

    ALT+LEFT ARROW

    View the previous folder

    RIGHT ARROW

    Display the current selection (if it is collapsed), or select the first subfolder

    ALT+RIGHT ARROW

    View the next folder

    ALT+D

    Select the Address bar

     

    Windows Sidebar keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SPACEBAR

    Bring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar

    Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G

    Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

    TAB

    Cycle through Sidebar controls

     

    Windows Photo Gallery keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    CTRL+F

    Open the Fix pane

    CTRL+P

    Print the selected picture

    ENTER

    View the selected picture at a larger size

    CTRL+I

    Open or close the Details pane

    CTRL+PERIOD (.)

    Rotate the picture clockwise

    CTRL+COMMA (,)

    Rotate the picture counter-clockwise

    F2

    Rename the selected item

    CTRL+E

    Search for an item

    ALT+LEFT ARROW

    Go back

    ALT+RIGHT ARROW

    Go forward

    PLUS SIGN (+)

    Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail

    MINUS SIGN (-)

    Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail

    CTRL+B

    Best fit

    LEFT ARROW

    Select the previous item

    DOWN ARROW

    Select the next item or row

    UP ARROW

    Previous item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail)

    PAGE UP

    Previous screen

    PAGE DOWN

    Next screen

    HOME

    Select the first item

    END

    Select the last item

    DELETE

    Move the selected item to the Recycle Bin

    SHIFT+DELETE

    Permanently delete the selected item

    LEFT ARROW

    Collapse node

    RIGHT ARROW

    Expand node

    Keyboard shortcuts for working with videos

    J

    Move back one frame

    K

    Pause the playback

    L

    Move forward one frame

    I

    Set the start trim point

    O

    Set the end trim point

    M

    Split a clip

    HOME

    Stop and rewind all the way back to the start trim point

    ALT+RIGHT ARROW

    Advance to the next frame

    ALT+LEFT ARROW

    Go back to the previous frame

    CTRL+K

    Stop and rewind playback

    CTRL+P

    Play from the current location

    HOME

    Move the start trim point

    END

    Move to the end trim point

    PAGE UP

    Seek to nearest split point before the current location

    PAGE DOWN

    Seek to nearest split point after the current location

     

    Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts

     

    Press this key

    To do this

    ALT+C

    Display the Table of Contents

    ALT+N

    Display the Connection Settings menu

    F10

    Display the Options menu

    ALT+LEFT ARROW

    Move back to the previously viewed topic

    ALT+RIGHT ARROW

    Move forward to the next (previously viewed) topic

    ALT+A

    Display the customer support page

    ALT+HOME

    Display the Help and Support home page

    HOME

    Move the to beginning of a topic

    END

    Move to the end of a topic

    CTRL+F

    Search the current topic

    CTRL+P

    Print a topic

    F3

    Move to the Search box

     

    Links

    Keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista

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