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Cool keyboard shortcuts tricks for windows vista and xp.

All of us know almost the most common keyboard shortcuts using the window key listed below.

Vista Shortcuts using the Windows key:

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 taskbar.

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 taskbar.

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

There has always been a market for tools that can help you make your working experience more customizable with Windows.In the world of shortcut keys, a great tool we used to work with was WinKey

What is Winkey ?

This application to set a shorcut for any action or application you want to launch from your keyboard quickly.Once you’ve made a shortcut, simply press your desired key combination to launch your program. This tool supports up to 200 key assignments, giving you lots of choices and room to grow.

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5 replies on “Cool keyboard shortcuts tricks for windows vista and xp.”

There are many more wacky and interesting ones that i invented see if you can find out

I was just kidding. When it comes to adding tricks in Windows OS, everybody at Microsoft say that Bill sucks!

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