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Complete List Of Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts Or Hotkeys

Most of the Windows Vista keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys in this guide are applicable to other Windows OS too, such as Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, etc.

For offline reference, you can always refer to Window Vista built-in Windows Help And Support, where I copy and post this so-called complete set of Windows Vista keyboard shortcut!
Windows keyboard shortcuts, or Windows Hotkeys, require one to press 2 or more keys at the same time to trigger a Windows task that will otherwise require few mouse movements and mouse clicks to complete.

By using some of these Windows Vista keyboard shortcuts for commonly used functions will greatly enhance your experience with Windows Vista – it is more convenient, speedy, and efficient than moving and clicking pointing device here and there!

Keyboard shortcut to turn on / off Window Vista Ease Of Access features
Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Turn on / off the Filter Keys feature – used to ignore or slow down brief or repeated keystrokes and adjust keyboard repeat rate.
 
Left ALT + left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN
Turn on / off High Contrast feature – try to see it yourself
 
Left ALT + left SHIFT + NUM LOCK
Turn on / off Mouse Keys feature – use the numeric keypad to move a mouse pointer
 
SHIFT five times
Turn on / off Sticky Keys feature – used to define pressing hotkey one at a time (for example, CTRL + ALT + DEL)
 
NUM LOCK for five seconds
Turn on / off Toggle Keys feature – used to alert an audible sound when CAP LOCK, SCROLL LOCK, or NUM LOCK is pressed.
 
Windows + U
Open the Windows Vista Ease Of Access dialog box

General keyboard shortcuts or hotkey in Windows Vista
F1
Display help page
 
F2
Rename the selected item
 
F3
Search for a file or folder
 
F4
Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer
 
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
 
CTRL + C
Copy the selected item
 
CTRL + X
Cut the selected item
 
CTRL + V
Paste the selected item
 
CTRL + Z
Undo the last committed action
 
CTRL + Y
Redo the last undo action
 
DELETE
Delete the selected item and move it to Windows Recycle Bin
 
SHIFT + DELETE
Delete the selected item without save it into Windows Recycle Bin
 
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 + SPACE BAR
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. When Vista Desktop is the active window, this hotkey fire up the classic Shutdown Windows dialog box.
 
ALT + SPACE BAR
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, such as Microsoft Word 2007 or any MDI program)
 
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 + TAB
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D
 
CTRL + Windows + 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
 
SHIFT + F10
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
 
CTRL + ESC
Open the Start menu
 
ALT + underlined letter
Display the corresponding menu, 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

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys in Windows Vista
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
 
BACK SPACE
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Microsoft (Windows) keyboard hotkey

What is a Microsoft (Windows) keyboard?

If your found a Windows Logo key that sit in between CTRL and ALT keys, then it’s considered a Windows (Windows) keyboard. So, the Windows key is referring to this additional key that labeled with Windows logo.
Windows
Open or close the Start menu
 
Windows + PAUSE
Display the System Properties dialog box, where you will see the Windows Vista Experience Index
 
Windows + D
Display the desktop
 
Windows + M
Minimize all windows
 
Windows + SHIFT + M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop
 
Windows + E
Open My Computer
 
Windows + F
Search for a file or folder
 
CTRL + Windows + F
Search for computers (if you are on a network)
 
Windows + L
Lock your computer or switch users
 
Windows + R
Open the Run dialog box
 
Windows + T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar
 
Windows + TAB
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D
 
CTRL + Windows + TAB
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3D
 
Windows + SPACE BAR
Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
 
Windows + G
Cycle through Windows Sidebar gadgets
 
Windows + U
Open Ease of Access Center
 
Windows + X
Open Windows Mobility Center
 
Windows with any number key
Open the Quick Launch shortcut that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, Windows + 1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcut / hotkey in Windows Vista
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 shortcut / hotkeys in Windows Vista
Windows + SPACEBAR
Bring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar
 
Windows + G
Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
 
TAB
Cycle through Sidebar controls

Windows Photo Gallery keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys in Windows Vista
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

Windows Photo Gallery keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys to work with video files in Windows Vista
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

Keyboard shortcuts / hotkeys to work with Windows Vista Help And Supports
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

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  7. Billy Solomon 15-02-09@06:39

    I happend to be studying hot keys in school, and this site really helped me to better understand hot keys. I now feel like I really grasp the concept!

  8. Asa 02-07-09@17:57

    Great list. I would have preferred the Explorer/Windows specific hotkeys to have been listed separately from the standard application hotkeys, even when they apply in Explorer (ctrl-arrow keys, etc.). But that’s a minor point. Thanks for such a comprehensive list.

    One more great hotkey. This is possibly only a Windows 7 hotkey (I don’t have a Vista/XP machine to check):

    WINDOWS + P Alternate between video display configurations (“P” stands for projector)

    It works like the key combination on my laptop keyboard Fn + CRT/LCD.

    Very handy for those laptopers with external keyboards and external displays….

  9. Lukie Tee 21-06-10@08:55

    Guys.

    I got an ACER laptop here and the damn screen’s died, I wanted to plug a monitor into it so I can at least save my stuff before I send it off to be fixed.

    Can anybody tell me how to get to the option and change to an external monitor solely with hotkeys alone?

    If so I would owe ya BIGTIME. All my writing’s on there and there be NO way I wanna mess my story up now.

    Thank you.

  10. Walker 21-06-10@11:36

    Please try this:

    1) Connect the monitor to laptop and power them on.

    2) Based on your experience with that laptop, guess the time you will need to enter password (BIOS, OS, etc).

    3) Let’s say it takes about 30 secs to prompt you BIOS password and then 1 minutes later to see OS login prompt, then enter those passwords at specific time.

    4) Assume the laptop is ready at OS prompt after 2 minutes and the OS is able to install driver for that monitor automatically, press FN+CRT/LCD hotkey.

    With reference (quite old but concept applicable):
    http://gd.panam.acer.com/s/tutorials/Tu_836936.shtml

  11. Alex 08-03-11@03:06

    hi,

    does anyone know why windows help and support center shows up when i press letter s ??? I’m having lot of problems with this issue. Even now…when i’m typing this…i must copy and paste letter s.

    ty

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