Windows Vista Shortcut Keys
Windows Vista is the latest version of Microsoft Windows, an operating system for both home and business.
As with its previous counterparts (Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 95), developers of Vista have made available many shortcut keys to make our lives easier.
We'll take a look at some of these shortcut keys below.
|Alt+F4||Close the active window|
|Alt+Tab||Switch to previous active window|
|Alt+Esc||Cycle through all open windows|
|Win+Tab||Flip 3D [more info]|
|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|
|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+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|
Viewing Folders With Explorer
|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.
|Move focus to Sidebar||Win+Space|
|Cycle through visible gadgets||Win+G|