Monday, June 2, 2008

Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

If don't use Windows shortcuts, you may want to spend a few minutes learning a few. They can really save you some time on some common Windows tasks. One common shortcut that I use often is copy and paste. To copy, press 'control' + 'c'. To paste, press 'control' + 'v'. After you start using them regularly, you'll not want to go back to mouse-clicking your way through every task.

Here are some other Vista shortcuts you may find useful.

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 Picture of Windows logo key +TAB

Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of 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



Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +PAUSE


Display the System Properties dialog box


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +D

Display the desktop


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +M

Minimize all windows


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SHIFT+M


Restore minimized windows to the desktop


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +E

Open Computer


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F

Search for a file or folder


CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +F


Search for computers (if you are on a network)


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +L

Lock your computer or switch users


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +R

Open the Run dialog box


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +T

Cycle through programs on the taskbar


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB


Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D


CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB


Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +SPACEBAR


Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +G

Cycle through Sidebar gadgets


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U

Open Ease of Access Center


Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +X

Open Windows Mobility Center


Windows logo key Picture of 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 Picture of Windows logo key +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.