Vista Shortcut Keys

by Sanju 2009-11-01 11:02:29

Vista Shortcut Keys

Managing Windows
Alt+F4 Close the active window
Alt+Tab Switch to previous active window
Alt+Esc Cycle through all open windows
Win+Tab Flip 3D
Ctrl+Win+Tab Persistent Flip 3D
Win+T Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)
Win+M Minimize all open windows
Win+Shift+M Undo all window minimization
Win+D Toggle showing the desktop

Starting Programs
Win+1 Open the first program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+2 Open the second program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+n Open the nth program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+U Open the ease of access center
Win+F Open the search window
Win+X Open the Mobility Center
Win+E Open Explorer
Win+R Open the Run window [more info]
Win+B Move focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the taskbar)
Win+Pause Open the System Properties portion from the Control Panel
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Windows Task Manager

Logging In And Out
While the below shortcuts seem unwieldy because of their length, they're quite easy to remember once you
try them out a few times. The → symbol stands for the right arrow key.

Win, →, →, →, Enter Shutdown
Win, →, →, →, U Shutdown
Win, →, →, →, R Restart
Win, →, Enter Sleep
Win, →, →, →, W Switch Users
Win+L Locks computer

Viewing Folders With Explorer
Alt+← Go back
Alt+→ Go forward
Alt+↑ Go up a directory
Alt+D Move focus to address bar
Alt+D, Tab Move focus to search bar
Alt+Enter Open the Properties window of the current selection
Ctrl+Mousewheel Change the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)

Windows Sidebar And Gadgets
Windows Sidebar provides instant access to gadgets that display a huge variety personalizable information.
The below shortcuts allow you to navigate between these gadgets. I suggest just using this table as a reference,
since people don't need to navigate gadgets too often.

Win+Space Move focus to Sidebar
Win+G Cycle through visible gadgets

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