Essential Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

MEDIA CENTER SHORTCUTS General Commands
  • Skip backward or replay selection: Ctrl+B
  • Skip forward or move to next selection: Ctrl+F
  • Pause current activity: Ctrl+P
Audio
  • Go to Music: Ctrl+M
  • Rip CD: Ctrl+R
  • Turn on or off closed captioning: Ctrl+Shift+C
  • Fast-forward song: Ctrl+Shift+F
  • Play audio file or song: Ctrl+Shift+P
  • Mute volume: F8
  • Decrease volume: F9
  • Increase volume: F10
TV
  • Go to guide: Ctrl+G
  • Go to Recorded TV: Ctrl+O
  • Record TV show: Ctrl+R
  • Rewind TV (recorded or live): Ctrl+Shift+B
  • Fast-forward TV (recorded or live): Ctrl+Shift+F
  • Stop recording or stop playing TV: Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Resume playing TV: Ctrl+Shift+P
  • Go to live TV: Ctrl+T
  • Previous channel: Page Down
  • Next channel: Page Up
Radio
  • Go to Radio: Ctrl+A
  • Resume playing radio: Ctrl+Shift+P
  • Stop live radio: Ctrl+Shift+S
Pictures
  • Go to Pictures: Ctrl+I
  • Play slide show: Ctrl+Shift+P
  • Stop slide show: Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Skip to next picture: Down arrow or Right arrow
  • Skip back to previous picture: Up arrow or Left arrow
  • Zoom a picture: Enter
Videos
  • Go to Videos: Ctrl+E
  • Rewind: Ctrl+Shift+B
  • Fast-forward: Ctrl+Shift+F
  • Stop: Ctrl+Shift+S
DVDs
  • Go to DVD menu: Ctrl+Shift+M
  • Change DVD angle: Arrow keys
  • Rewind: Ctrl+Shift+B
  • Fast-forward: Ctrl+Shift+F
  • Play: Ctrl+Shift+P
  • Stop: Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Change DVD audio selection: Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Change DVD subtitle selection: Ctrl+U

PHOTO GALLERY SHORTCUTS

  • Open Fix pane: Ctrl+F
  • Print selected picture: Ctrl+P
  • View the selected picture at a larger size: Enter
  • Open or close the Details pane: Ctrl+I
  • Rotate picture clockwise: Ctrl+.
  • Rotate picture counterclockwise: Ctrl+,
  • Search for an item: Ctrl+E
  • Go back: Alt+Left arrow
  • Go forward: Alt+Right arrow
  • Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail: +
  • Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail: -
  • Change the size of the picture thumbnail: Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel
  • Best fit: Ctrl+B
  • Select previous item: Left arrow
  • Select next item or row: Down arrow
  • Previous item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail): Up arrow
  • Previous screen: Page Up
  • Next screen: Page Down
  • Select first item: Home
  • Select last item: End
  • Move item to Recycle Bin: Delete
  • Permanently delete item: Shift+Delete

SHORTCUTS FOR WORKING WITH VIDEOS IN WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER

  • Pause playback: K
  • Move back one frame: J
  • Move forward one frame: L
  • Set the start trim point: I
  • Set the end trim point: O
  • Split clip: M
  • Stop and rewind back to start trim point: Home
  • Advance to next frame: Alt+Right arrow
  • Return to previous frame: Alt+Left arrow
  • Stop and rewind playback: Ctrl+K
  • Play from current location: Ctrl+P
  • Move start trim point: Home
  • Move to the end trim point: End
  • Seek to nearest split point before current location: Page Up
  • Seek to nearest split point after current location: Page Down

WINDOWS MAIL SHORTCUTS

Main window and view message window
  • Send and receive: Ctrl+M
  • Open or post new message: Ctrl+N
  • Open contacts: Ctrl+Shift+B
  • Delete message: Delete or Ctrl+D
  • Reply to message author: Ctrl+R
  • Reply to all: Ctrl+Shift+R or Ctrl+G (newsgroups only)
  • Forward message: Ctrl+F
  • Find message: Ctrl+Shift+F
  • Print message: Ctrl+P
  • Go to next message: Ctrl+>
  • Go to previous message: Ctrl+<
  • View selected message's properties: Alt+Enter
  • Go to next unread message: Ctrl+U
  • Go to next unread newsgroup conversation: Ctrl+Shift+U
Main window
  • Open selected message: Ctrl+O or Enter
  • Mark as read: Ctrl+Enter or Ctrl+Q
  • Move between message list, Folders list, and Preview pane: Tab
  • Go to a newsgroup: Ctrl+W
  • Expand newsgroup conversation: Left arrow or +
  • Collapse newsgroup conversation: Right arrow or —?
  • Mark all newsgroup messages read: Ctrl+Shift+A
  • Download newsgroup messages for offline reading: Ctrl+Shift+M
  • Go to Inbox: Ctrl+I
  • Go to a folder: Ctrl+Y
  • Refresh newsgroup messages and headers: F5
Message window
  • Close message: Esc
  • Find text: F3 or Ctrl+Shift+F
  • Check spelling (when sending): F7
  • Insert signature (when sending): Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Send message or post to newsgroup: Ctrl+Enter or Alt+S
  • Switch among Edit, Source, and Preview tabs in Source Edit view: Ctrl+Tab

SIDEBAR SHORTCUTS

  • Bring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar: Windows key+Spacebar
  • Cycle through Sidebar gadgets: Windows key+G
  • Cycle through Sidebar controls: Tab

TASKBAR SHORTCUTS

  • Cycle through live previews on the Taskbar: Windows key+T
  • Cycle through programs on the Taskbar with Flip3D (Aero) enabled: Windows key+Tab
  • Use arrow keys to cycle through programs on the Taskbar with Flip3D (Aero) enabled: Ctrl+Windows key+Tab

EASE-OF-ACCESS SHORTCUTS

  • Open Ease of Access Center: Windows key+U
  • Turn Filter Keys on or off: Hold Right Shift key for 8 seconds
  • Turn High Contrast on or off: Left Alt+Left Shift+Print Screen
  • Turn Mouse Keys on or off: Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock
  • Turn Sticky Keys on or off: Hit Shift five times
  • Turn Toggle Keys on or off: Hold Num Lock for 5 seconds

MISCELLANEOUS SHORTCUTS

  • Go up one level in an Explorer window: Alt+Up arrow
  • Open the Windows Mobility Center (laptops only) Windows key+X
  • Open Quick Launch shortcuts: Windows key+any number key (for example, hit Windows key+1 for the first shortcut in the Quick Launch bar, Windows key+2 for the second, and so on)


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