Monday, 26 November 2007

The big list of Windows Vista keyboard shortcuts

General shortcuts

  • 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 + TAB - Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
  • CTRL + 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
  • 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


Dialog box shortcuts

  • 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
  • BACKSPACE - Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
  • 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
  • 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 Explorer keyboard shortcuts
  • 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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2 Responses to “The big list of Windows Vista keyboard shortcuts”

Simple Tricks said...
27 November 2007 at 11:10

thanks for the long list of shortcuts


Anonymous said...
30 July 2011 at 13:12

Pleased to meet each one here.
Have a great day.


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