Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

The following are a selection of Windows Vista keyboard shortcuts…

Ease of Access Keyboard Shortcuts:

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 +U – Open the Ease of Access Center

General Keyboard Shortcuts:

F1 – Display Help
CTRL+C – Copy the selected item
CTRL+X – Cut the selected item
CTRL+V – Paste the selected item
CTRL+Z – Undo an action
CTRL+Y – Redo 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 with any arrow key+SPACEBAR – Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
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
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel – Change the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key +TAB – Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
CTRL+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:

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

Microsoft Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts:

Windows logo key – Open or close the Start menu
Windows logo key +PAUSE – Display the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key +D – Display the desktop
Windows logo key +M – Minimize all windows
Windows logo key +SHIFT+M – Restore minimized windows to the desktop
Windows logo key +E – Open Computer
Windows logo key +F – Search for a file or folder
CTRL+Windows logo key +F – Search for computers (if you are on a network)
Windows logo key +L – Lock your computer or switch users
Windows logo key +R – Open the Run dialog box
Windows logo key +T – Cycle through programs on the taskbar
Windows logo key +TAB – Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
CTRL+Windows logo key +TAB – Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
Windows logo key +SPACEBAR – Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
Windows logo key +G – Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
Windows logo key +U – Open Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key +X – Open Windows Mobility Center
Windows logo key with any number key – Open the Quick Launch shortcut that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, Windows logo key +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.

Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts:

CTRL+N – Open a new window
END – Display the bottom of the active window
HOME – Display the top of the active window
F11 – Maximize or minimize 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
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel – Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
ALT+D – Select the Address bar

Windows Sidebar Keyboard Shortcuts:

Windows logo key +SPACEBAR – Bring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar
Windows logo key +G – Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
TAB – Cycle through Sidebar controls

Windows Photo Gallery Keyboard Shortcuts:

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+Mouse scroll wheel – Change the size of 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 Movie Maker 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:

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.

Kind Regards

Marc Liron – Ex-Microsoft MVP (2004-2010)
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