Windows Vista: Exploring Keyboard Shortcuts

If you like to use the keyboard for most, if not all, of your OS navigation tasks.  It's merely a personal preference, but I'd much rather use a keystroke sequence than have to remove a hand from the keyboard (I use my right hand for mousing), move the mouse, and return it.  It just seems faster […]

If you like to use the keyboard for most, if not all, of your OS navigation tasks.  It's merely a personal preference, but I'd much rather use a keystroke sequence than have to remove a hand from the keyboard (I use my right hand for mousing), move the mouse, and return it.  It just seems faster to me -- and maybe it allows me to rely less on hand-eye coordination, which, admittedly, is less sharp now that I have much less time to spend gaming.

Here are just a couple keyboard shortcuts that I've learned of from colleagues or come across:

Ctrl+EscOpens the Start menu
Windows LogoOpens the Start menu
Ctrl+Alt+DeleteThen - Displays the Windows Security window
Now – Displays LogOn screen including Lock Computer, Switch User, LogOff, Change a Password and Task Manager
Print ScreenCopies the full screen image to the Windows Clipboard
Alt+Print ScreenCopies the selected window's image to the Windows Clipboard
Alt+Double-ClickDisplays property sheet for the selected item
Alt+EnterDisplays property sheet for the selected object
ShiftHold when loading disk to prevent AutoPlay application
Shift+F10Same as right-click
Shift+Right-ClickShows alternative commands for the selected object

One of the great things about Windows Vista is the context-sensitivity applied to many actions.  For example, think of how the Slide Show command appears in a window's toolbar when viewing a window containing photos; or, how right-clicking a photo displays rotation options in the resulting menu.  In the case of the shortcuts above, notice that when you Shift+Right-Click an .XLSX spreadsheet or .DOCX document, the Open as Read-Only option appears, which is not the case when doing the same to a .PPTX slide deck.  And for all of these file types, the Copy as Path option is displayed upon Shift+Right-Click, which can be very handy if you're looking for the fully-qualified path to the document -- say, in the case of creating a hyperlink to it.

There are surely more shortcuts that I've yet to discover.  What are some of the keyboard or other shortcuts you rely on regularly in Windows Vista?  Share your tips in the Comments section and give us a chance to learn from one another!

Source:→ Windows Vista Blog

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