Keyboard shortcuts

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List of All Keyboard Shortcuts in Vista
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This will show you a list of every single keyboard shortcut in Vista.
List of All Keyboard Shortcuts in Vista


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This is a list of every single keyboard shortcut in Vista. For more on this, see: Windows Help and How-to: Keyboard Shortcuts




Ease of Access 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


Dialog Box 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 Open dialog box

General Keyboard Shortcuts :
  • F1 - Display Help
  • F2 - Rename the selected item
  • F3 - Search for a file or folder
  • F4 - Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer
  • CTRL+F4 - Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
  • F5 - Refresh the active window
  • F6 - Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
  • F10 - Activate the menu bar in the active program
  • SHIFT+F10 - Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 3D
  • CTRL+Windows logo key+TAB - Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D
  • ALT+ESC - Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
  • CTRL+ESC - Open the Start menu
  • ALT+underlined letter - Display the corresponding menu
  • ALT+underlined letter - Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
  • 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
  • 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


Microsoft Windows Key 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.
    Example: Windows logo key +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.
Internet Explorer Shortcuts :

NOTE: See also: Windows Help and How-To:Internet Explorer keyboard shortcuts
General shortcuts:
  • F11 - Turn Full Screen Mode On or Off
  • TAB - Cycle through the Address Bar, Refresh button, Search Box, and items on a web page
  • CTRL+A - Select all items on the page
  • CTRL+F - Find a word or phrase on a page
  • CTRL+N - Open the current webpage in a new window
  • CTRL+P - Print the page
  • CTRL+PLUS - Zoom in
  • CTRL+MINUS - Zoom out
  • CTRL+0 - Zoom to 100%
Navigation shortcuts:
  • ALT+HOME - Go to home page
  • ALT+LEFT - Go backward
  • ALT+RIGHT - Go forward
  • F5 - Refresh page
  • CTRL+F5 - Refresh page and the cache
  • ESC - Stop downloading page
Favorites Center shortcuts:
  • CTRL+B - Organize Favorites
  • CTRL+D - Add current page to Favorites
  • CTRL+H - Open History
  • CTRL+SHIFT+H - Open History in pinned mode
  • CTRL+I - Open Favorites
  • CTRL+SHIFT+I - Open Favorites in pinned mode
  • CTRL+J - Open Feeds
  • CTRL+SHIFT+J - Open Feeds in pinned mode
Tab shortcuts:
  • CTRL+left mouse button - Open link in new background tab
  • CTRL+SHIFT+left mouse button - Open link in new foreground tab
  • CTRL+W - Close tab (closes window if only one tab is open)
  • CTRL+Q - Open Quick Tab view
  • CTRL+T - Open new tab
  • CTRL+TAB - Switch to next tab
  • CTRL+SHIFT+TAB - Switch to previous tab
Address Bar shortcuts:
  • ALT+D - Select the Address Bar
  • ALT+ENTER - Open the website address that is typed in the Address Bar in new tab
  • F4 - View list of previously typed addresses
Instant Search Box:
  • CTRL+E - Select the Instant Search Box
  • CTRL+DOWN - View list of search providers
  • ALT+ENTER - Open search results in new tab

Taskbar Shortcuts :
  • Windows logo key +T - Cycle through live previews on the Taskbar
  • Windows logo key + TAB - Cycle through programs on the Taskbar with Flip3D (Aero) enabled
  • CTRL+ Windows logo key + TAB - Use arrow keys to cycle through programs on the Taskbar with Flip3D (Aero) enabled

Windows Explorer 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
  • ALT+UP ARROW - Go up one level in an Explorer window

Windows Help Viewer 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
Windows Mail Shortcuts :

Main window and view message window:
  • CTRL+M - Send and receive
  • CTRL+N - Open or post new message
  • CTRL+SHIFT+B - Open contacts
  • DELTE or CTRL+D - Delete message
  • CTRL+R - Reply to message author
  • CTRL+SHIFT+R or CTRL+G - (newsgroups only) Reply to all
  • CTRL+F - Forward message
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F - Find message
  • CTRL+P - Print message
  • CTRL+> - Go to next message
  • CTRL+< - Go to previous message
  • ALT+ENTER - View selected message’s properties
  • CTRL+U - Go to next unread message
  • CTRL+SHIFT+U - Go to next unread newsgroup conversation
Main window
  • CTRL+O or ENTER - Open selected message
  • CTRL+ENTER or CTRL+Q - Mark as read
  • TAB - Move between message list, Folders list, and Preview pane
  • CTRL+W - Go to a newsgroup
  • Left arrow or + - Expand newsgroup conversation
  • Right arrow or - Collapse newsgroup conversation
  • CTRL+SHIFT+A - Mark all newsgroup messages read
  • CTRL+SHIFT+M - Download newsgroup messages for offline reading
  • CTRL+I - Go to Inbox
  • CTRL+Y - Go to a folder
  • F5 - Refresh newsgroup messages and headers
Message window
  • ESC - Close message
  • F3 or CTRL+SHIFT+F - Find text
  • F7 - Check spelling (when sending)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+S - Insert signature (when sending)
  • CTRL+ENTER or ALT+S - Send message or post to newsgroup
  • CTRL+TAB - Switch among Edit, Source, and Preview tabs in Source Edit view
Windows Media Center Shortcuts :
Audio:
  • Ctrl+M - Go to Music
  • Ctrl+R - Rip CD
  • Ctrl+Shift+C - Turn on or off closed captioning
  • Ctrl+Shift+F - Fast-forward song
  • Ctrl+Shift+P - Play audio file or song
  • F8 - Mute volume
  • F9 - Decrease volume
  • F10 - Increase volume
DVDs:
  • Ctrl+Shift+M - Go to DVD menu
  • Arrow keys - Change DVD angle
  • Ctrl+Shift+B - Rewind
  • Ctrl+Shift+F - Fast-forward
  • Ctrl+Shift+P - Play
  • Ctrl+Shift+S - Stop
  • Ctrl+Shift+A - Change DVD audio selection
  • Ctrl+U - Change DVD subtitle selection
General Commands:
  • Ctrl+B - Skip backward or replay selection
  • Ctrl+F - Skip forward or move to next selection
  • Ctrl+P - Pause current activity
Pictures:
  • Ctrl+I - Go to Pictures
  • Ctrl+Shift+P - Play slide show
  • Ctrl+Shift+S - Stop slide show
  • Down arrow or Right arrow - Skip to next picture
  • Up arrow or Left arrow - Skip back to previous picture
  • Enter - Zoom a picture
Radio:
  • Ctrl+A - Go to Radio
  • Ctrl+Shift+P - Resume playing radio
  • Ctrl+Shift+S - Stop live radio
TV:
  • Ctrl+G - Go to guide
  • Ctrl+O - Go to Recorded TV
  • Ctrl+R - Record TV show
  • Ctrl+Shift+B - Rewind TV (recorded or live)
  • Ctrl+Shift+F - Fast-forward TV (recorded or live)
  • Ctrl+Shift+S - Stop recording or stop playing TV
  • Ctrl+Shift+P - Resume playing TV
  • Ctrl+T - Go to live TV
  • Page Down - Previous channel
  • Page Up - Next channel
Videos:
  • Ctrl+E - Go to Videos
  • Ctrl+Shift+B - Rewind
  • Ctrl+Shift+F - Fast-forward
  • Ctrl+Shift+S - Stop


Windows Media Player 11 Shortcuts :
  • CTRL+1 - Switch to full mode
  • CTRL+2 - Switch to skin mode
  • CTRL+B - Play the previous item
  • CTRL+F - Play the next item
  • CTRL+E - Move the focus to the search box in the library
  • CTRL+H - Turn shuffle on or off
  • CTRL+M - Show or hide the Classic Menus (menu bar) in full mode
  • CTRL+N - Create a playlist
  • CTRL+O - Open a file
  • CTRL+P - Play or pause a file
  • CTRL+S - Stop playback
  • CTRL+SHIFT+B - Rewind video
  • CTRL+SHIFT+C - Turn captions and subtitles on or off
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F - Fast forward through video or music
  • CTRL+SHIFT+G - Play faster than normal speed (time compression)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+N - Play at normal speed
  • CTRL+SHIFT+S - Play slower than normal speed (time expansion)
  • CTRL+T - Repeat the playlist
  • CTRL+W - Close or stop playing a file
  • F1 - Open Help
  • F2 - Edit media information on a selected item in the library
  • F3 - Add media files to the library
  • F5 - Refresh information in the panes
  • F6 - Increase the size of album art
  • SHIFT+F6 - Decrease the size of album art
  • F7 - Mute the volume
  • F8 - Decrease the volume
  • F9 - Increase the volume
  • F10 - Show the Classic Menus (menu bar)
  • F11 - Switch to full-screen mode

Windows Movie Maker Shortcuts :
  • 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 Photo Gallery 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
Windows Sidebar 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
That's it,

Shawn




 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

This is an important list to memorize.

There are occasions when the mouse stops working for whatever reason. And knowing most of these keyboard shortcuts can allow you to navigate through Windows without using the mouse.

It's tough to troubleshoot if you're completely dependent on the mouse pointer, and the mouse is the device that's not working.
 
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