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Work with Vista (Application) Windows

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Alt+F4 Close the active item or folder. Also will open "Shuts Down Windows" menu when on an empty desktop.
F10 / Altletter, thenarrow keys Jump to Application Menu.
Alt+Space Open the title bar menu.
Alt+space, thenenter Restore Window.
Alt+space, thenx Maximize Window.
Alt+space, thenn Minimize Window.
F11 Turn full page view on or off.

Vista photo Gallery Shortcuts (when working with Videos)

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
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+Arrow Right / Alt+Arrow Left Advance to the next or previous frame.
Ctrl+K Stop and rewind playback.
Ctrl+P Play from the current location.
Home / End Move the start trim point.
Page Up / Page Down Seek to nearest split point before or after the current location.

Vista Photo Gallery Shortcuts

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
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+. / Ctrl+, Rotate the picture clockwise or counter-clockwise
F2 Rename the selected item.
Ctrl+E Search for an item.
Alt+Arrow Left / Alt+Arrow Right Go back or go forward.
[+] / - Zoom in and out or resize the picture thumbnail.
Ctrl+B Best fit.
Arrow Left / Arrow Right Select the previous or next item.
Arrow Down Select the next item or row.
Arrow Up Previous item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail).
Page Up / Page Down Previous or next screen.
Home / End Select the first or last item.
Delete Move the selected item to the Recycle Bin.
Shift+Delete Permanently delete the selected item.
Arrow Left Collapse node.
Arrow Right Expand node.

Working on the Vista Desktop

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
winkey /Ctrl+Esc Activate Start Menu. Then use arrow keys. Then use space and enter to navigate within Start Menu.
Win+D Minimize all open Application Windows and return to a clean desktop. Pressing it again restores the previous state.
Arrow Keys Navigate between objects on the desktop. Then use space or enter to select or start e.g. an application or open a folder.
Home / End Activate the first (top left corner) or last object (bottom right corner) on the desktop.
Enter Launch the active object.
Shift+F10 Activate context menu of an active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to get to the selection.
Alt+tab,alt+Shift+Tab Holding the alt key and continuously press tab to move forward between open applications. Release tab when the desired object is active to launch it. Add shift to the shortcut combination to move backwards.
Alt+Esc / Alt+Shift+Esc Cycle Through the Applications in the order they were opened/accessed.
tab,shift+tabon empty desktop Navigate between desktop, the quick-launch bar, task bar and notification bar. Then use arrow keys and enter or space to activate specific icons.
a...z Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter.
Win+pause Access System Properties which holds system properties, computer name, device manager and so on.

Other Vista Shortcuts

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Alt+Shift Change language option if language bar is active.
shiftwhen inserting CD / DVD Prevent CD or DVD from from automatically playing.

Windows/Vista Explorer Shortcuts

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Win+E Start Windows Explorer in "My Computer" location.
Alt+D / F4 Jump to the address bar on the top of the Explorer Window.
Tab / Shift+Tab Moves between Explorer Panes.
Ctrl+E Jumps to Search Box in Explorer.
arrow keys, see above for selecting items. Navigate between objects.
Shift+Arrow Left / Arrow Right Go to previous or next Window (same effect as the forward and backward button).
Alt+Arrow Up Go to the parent directory.
Home / End Activates the first or last object in Explorer Window.
F2 Changes the filename of an object, see above for editing shortcuts.

Use Vista Features with Shortcuts

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Win+E Start Windows Explorer.
Win+R Open the Run Window.
Win+break Display System Properies Window.
Win+D Display the Windows Desktop.
Win+M Minimizes all open Windows and display the desktop.
Win+Shift+M Restores the Windows previously minimized with win+m.
Win+F / f3on empty desktop. Open Windows Search
Ctrl+Win+F Search for Computers (with Active Directory activated).
Win+F1 Display Windows Help.
Win+L Lock the keyboard or computer.
Win+U Start Ease of Access Center.
Alt+Enter View the properties for a selected items.

Vista Explorer, Desktop)

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+c,ctrl+x,ctrl+V ctrl+c for copy, ctrl+x for cut and ctrl+v for paste.
Ctrl+Z Undo an action.
Ctrl+Y Redo an action.
Delete Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin.
Shift+Delete Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin.
Shift+F10 Activates context menu of active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to get to the selection.
F2 Changes the file name of an object.
f2, thenarrow left / Arrow Right Move one character to the left or right of an object name.
f2, thenctrl+Arrow Left / Ctrl+Arrow Right Move one word to the left or right of an object name.
f2, thenhome / End Jump to the beginning or end of an object name.
f2, thenctrl+A Select complete object name (is selected by default)
Holdshiftthen pressarrow up / Arrow Down Select multiple items: Hold the shift key, navigate with arrow up/arrow down to extend selection to multiple items.
Holdctrlkey, navigate witharrow up / arrow down, and hitspace Select multiple items: Hold the ctrl key, navigate with arrow up/arrow down to select or de-select multiple items using space.
Ctrl+A Select all objects e.g. in a Folder Tree.