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Appendix A. Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

Appendix A. Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Vista was made with the mouse in mind, so most day-to-day tasks are designed to be performed using the standard mouse moves. However, this doesn’t mean you should ignore your keyboard when you’re not typing. Windows Vista is loaded with keyboard shortcuts and techniques that you can use as replacements or enhancements for mouse clicks and drags. These shortcuts (as shown in Tables A.1A.13) are often a faster way to work because you don’t have to move your hand from the keyboard to the mouse and back. Also, the Windows Vista keyboard techniques are useful to know just in case you have problems with your mouse and must rely on the keyboard to get your work done.

Table A.1. General Windows Vista Shortcut Keys
PressTo Do This
Ctrl+EscOpen the Start menu.
Windows LogoOpen the Start menu.
Ctrl+Alt+DeleteDisplay the Windows Security window.
Print ScreenCopy the entire screen image to the Windows Clipboard.
Alt+Print ScreenCopy the active window’s image to the Windows Clipboard.
Alt+Double-clickDisplay the property sheet for the selected object.
Alt+EnterDisplay the property sheet for the selected object.
ShiftPrevent an inserted disc from running its AutoPlay application. (Hold down Shift while inserting the disc.)
Shift+F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected object. (This is the same as right-clicking the object.)
Shift+Right-clickDisplay the shortcut menu with alternative commands for the selected object.



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