I am somehow surprised how many Google users come to my blog searching for Vista keyboard shortcuts. It seems it is widely unknown that Vista has an excellent help file. It lists all shortcut keys. Since I can't link to this list, I just copied all shortcuts to this post.

Michael Pietroforte

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in IT management and system administration.

Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts that can help make your computer easier to use.

Press this keyTo do this
Right SHIFT for eight secondsTurn Filter Keys on and off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (or PRTSCRN)Turn High Contrast on or off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCKTurn Mouse Keys on or off
SHIFT five timesTurn Sticky Keys on or off
NUM LOCK for five secondsTurn Toggle Keys on or off
Windows logo key +UOpen the Ease of Access Center

General keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains general keyboard shortcuts.

Press this keyTo do this
F1Display Help
CTRL+CCopy the selected item
CTRL+XCut the selected item
CTRL+VPaste the selected item
CTRL+ZUndo an action
CTRL+YRedo an action
DELETEDelete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
SHIFT+DELETEDelete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
F2Rename the selected item
CTRL+RIGHT ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word
CTRL+LEFT ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
CTRL+DOWN ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
CTRL+UP ARROWMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
CTRL+SHIFT with an arrow keySelect a block of text
SHIFT with any arrow keySelect more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
CTRL with any arrow key+SPACEBARSelect multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
CTRL+ASelect all items in a document or window
F3Search for a file or folder
ALT+ENTERDisplay properties for the selected item
ALT+F4Close the active item, or exit the active program
ALT+SPACEBAROpen the shortcut menu for the active window
CTRL+F4Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
ALT+TABSwitch between open items
CTRL+ALT+TABUse the arrow keys to switch between open items
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheelChange the size of icons on the desktop
Windows logo key +TABCycle through programs on the "View definition" by using Windows Flip 3-D
CTRL+Windows logo key +TABUse the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
ALT+ESCCycle through items in the order in which they were opened
F6Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F4Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer
SHIFT+F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
CTRL+ESCOpen the Start menu
ALT+underlined letterDisplay the corresponding menu
ALT+underlined letterPerform the menu command (or other underlined command)
F10Activate the menu bar in the active program
RIGHT ARROWOpen the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
LEFT ARROWOpen the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
F5Refresh the active window
ALT+UP ARROWView the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
ESCCancel the current task
CTRL+SHIFT+ESCOpen Task Manager
SHIFT when you insert a CDPrevent the CD from automatically playing

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.

Press this keyTo do this
CTRL+TABMove forward through tabs
CTRL+SHIFT+TABMove back through tabs
TABMove forward through options
SHIFT+TABMove back through options
ALT+underlined letterPerform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
ENTERReplaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
SPACEBARSelect or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keysSelect a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1Display Help
F4Display the items in the active list
BACKSPACEOpen a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Microsoft keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use with Microsoft keyboards.

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo keyOpen or close the Start menu
Windows logo key +PAUSEDisplay the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key +DDisplay the desktop
Windows logo key +MMinimize all windows
Windows logo key +SHIFT+MRestore minimized windows to the desktop
Windows logo key +EOpen Computer
Windows logo key +FSearch for a file or folder
CTRL+Windows logo key +FSearch for computers (if you are on a network)
Windows logo key +LLock your computer or switch users
Windows logo key +ROpen the Run dialog box
Windows logo key +TCycle through programs on the taskbar
Windows logo key +TABCycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
CTRL+Windows logo key +TABUse the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
Windows logo key +SPACEBARBring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
Windows logo key +GCycle through Sidebar gadgets
Windows logo key +UOpen Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key +XOpen Windows Mobility Center
Windows logo key with any number keyOpen the Quick Launch shortcut that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, Windows logo key +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.

Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Explorer windows or folders.

Press this keyTo do this
CTRL+NOpen a new window
ENDDisplay the bottom of the active window
HOMEDisplay the top of the active window
F11Maximize or minimize the active window
NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*) on numeric keypadDisplay all subfolders under the selected folder
NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+) on numeric keypadDisplay the contents of the selected folder
NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN (-) on numeric keypadCollapse the selected folder
LEFT ARROWCollapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select the parent folder
ALT+LEFT ARROWView the previous folder
RIGHT ARROWDisplay the current selection (if it is collapsed), or select the first subfolder
ALT+RIGHT ARROWView the next folder
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheelChange the size and appearance of file and folder icons
ALT+DSelect the Address bar

Windows Sidebar keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Sidebar.

Press this keyTo do this
Windows logo key +SPACEBARBring all gadgets to the front and select Sidebar
Windows logo key +GCycle through Sidebar gadgets
TABCycle through Sidebar controls

Windows Photo Gallery keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Photo Gallery.

Press this keyTo do this
CTRL+FOpen the Fix pane
CTRL+PPrint the selected picture
ENTERView the selected picture at a larger size
CTRL+IOpen or close the Details pane
CTRL+PERIOD (.)Rotate the picture clockwise
CTRL+COMMA (,)Rotate the picture counter-clockwise
F2Rename the selected item
CTRL+ESearch for an item
ALT+LEFT ARROWGo back
ALT+RIGHT ARROWGo forward
PLUS SIGN (+)Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail
MINUS SIGN (-)Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail
CTRL+Mouse scroll wheelChange the size of the picture thumbnail
CTRL+BBest fit
LEFT ARROWSelect the previous item
DOWN ARROWSelect the next item or row
UP ARROWPrevious item (Easel) or previous row (Thumbnail)
PAGE UPPrevious screen
PAGE DOWNNext screen
HOMESelect the first item
ENDSelect the last item
DELETEMove the selected item to the Recycle Bin
SHIFT+DELETEPermanently delete the selected item
LEFT ARROWCollapse node
RIGHT ARROWExpand node
Keyboard shortcuts for working with videos 
JMove back one frame
KPause the playback
LMove forward one frame
ISet the start trim point
OSet the end trim point
MSplit a clip
HOMEStop and rewind all the way back to the start trim point
ALT+RIGHT ARROWAdvance to the next frame
ALT+LEFT ARROWGo back to the previous frame
CTRL+KStop and rewind playback
CTRL+PPlay from the current location
HOMEMove the start trim point
ENDMove to the end trim point
PAGE UPSeek to nearest split point before the current location
PAGE DOWNSeek to nearest split point after the current location

Windows Help viewer keyboard shortcuts

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with the Help viewer.

Press this keyTo do this
ALT+CDisplay the Table of Contents
ALT+NDisplay the Connection Settings menu
F10Display the Options menu
ALT+LEFT ARROWMove back to the previously viewed topic
ALT+RIGHT ARROWMove forward to the next (previously viewed) topic
ALT+ADisplay the customer support page
ALT+HOMEDisplay the Help and Support home page
HOMEMove the to beginning of a topic
ENDMove to the end of a topic
CTRL+FSearch the current topic
CTRL+PPrint a topic
F3Move to the Search box

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