Windows Vista's Most Important Keyboard Shortcuts

Must-have and must-know might just sound a tag exaggerated I will admit that, but just bear with me, it will all make sense in the end. And more importantly, start using keyboard shortcuts. If you  are addicted to your mouse, you will quickly find that your actions are limited in comparison with the flexibility and freedom […]

Must-have and must-know might just sound a tag exaggerated I will admit that, but just bear with me, it will all make sense in the end. And more importantly, start using keyboard shortcuts. If you  are addicted to your mouse, you will quickly find that your actions are limited in comparison with the flexibility and freedom provided by the keyboard.

And you need to start thinking of the keyboard as a natural extension of your hands. You will be able to bring Windows Vista to your fingertips, literally, in a way that you will never be able to do with the mouse. As keyboard shortcuts become and integer part of your everyday workflow, a new junkie will be born.

The bottom line is that the keyboard will provide you with an unprecedented level of control. You will never be able to go without keyboard shortcuts ever again. Either because of the way Windows Vista will seamlessly respond to your commands or because of the look on your colleagues' faces when you'll be flying through the operating system with little effort.

In Windows Vista, Microsoft has divided keyboard shortcuts into the following categories:

  • Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts
  • General keyboard shortcuts
  • Dialog box keyboard shortcuts
  • Microsoft keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows Sidebar keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows Photo Gallery keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts

All of the keyboard shortcuts bellow will deliver an unprecedented level of interaction with the operating system and decrease your dependency on the mouse.


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
BACKSPACE - Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or


Microsoft 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 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

Source:→ softpedia

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