Tip & How-To about Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

Shortcuts tricks for Windows Vista(Keyboard shortcuts)

Following are some of keyboard shortcut tricks for Windows Vista and also for Windows XP:

  • Window key+B: Sets focus to first icon in the notification area. You can use arrow keys to move among the icons in the notification area or press Tab to move around on the task bar.
  • Window key+D: Show Desktop (without the Sidebar).
  • Window key+E: Windows Explorer (opens to Computer).
  • Window key+F: Find Files or Folders (aka Search).
  • Window key+M Minimize All windows (Sidebar not included).
  • Window key+Shift+M: Undo Minimize All Windows.
  • Window key+R: Open the Run dialog box.
  • Window key+Tab: 3-D Flip (flips you through your applications but with a cool graphic instead of the standard Alt+Tab). Requires the use of the Aero user interface.
  • Window key+Pause/Break: System Properties.
  • Window key+F1: Windows Help.
  • Window key+L: Locks workstation. If the user account has a password, it must be reentered to unlock the system again.
  • Window key+U: Ease of Access Settings.
  • Window key+ Spacebar: This shows the Sidebar (the Sidebar must be open, but minimized).
  • Ctrl+Window key+Tab: Brings up Flip-3D, but it will stay on the desktop so you can scroll up, down, left and right.
  • Window key+T: Allows you to tab between application buttons on the task bar.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Opens Task Manager more faster than alt+ctrl+del.
  • Alt+Tab: Windows Flip. Allows you to choose an open application to switch to by repeatedly pressing the Tab key.
  • Window key+5: opens the snipping tool.


Some User Logging Shortcuts:
  • Window key (and then) three right arrows and Enter To Shut down
  • Window key (and then) three right arrows and U To Shut down
  • Window key (and then) three right arrows and R To Restart
  • Window key (and then) three right arrows and W To Switch Users
  • Window key (and then) one right arrow and Enter To Sleep

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The steps for configuring keyboard drivers in Windows XP are different than in other operating systems. Use the following steps if you have already downloaded and installed the latest HP keyboard driver for Windows XP. Step 1: Configure Internet and shortcut buttons
  1. Click Start , and then Control Panel .
  2. Click Printers and Other Hardware and then Keyboard or click Keyboard if you are in Classic view. The Keyboard Properties window appears.
  3. Click the Buttons tab. You will see a list of Internet and shortcut buttons.
  4. Double-click the button you want to configure (such as, CONNECT or Internet).
  5. Configure the button to open a Web page or software. The figure and table below explain how to use each field in the Configuration window.
  6. After you have made your changes to the button's configuration, click OK .
  7. On the Keyboard Properties window, click Apply .
  8. Repeat the previous steps for each button you want to configure.
  9. After you have configured the buttons, click OK on the Keyboard Properties window.

May 20, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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